Roberta joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in January 2020. She is responsible for providing policy-related research assistance to Professor Stern. She is also a Policy Analyst within the Institute’s policy team.
Prior to joining Grantham, Roberta worked at IDDRI/Sciences Po in Paris as Senior Research Fellow for 3 years, focusing on low-carbon transition pathways at the country and sectoral level, as well as on capacity building for the implementation of the Paris Agreement in developing countries.
She also worked as a Research Fellow for the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, where she focused on low-carbon technologies in BRICS-countries. Her professional experience also includes work for the global consultancy ICF International in London, to evaluate the impacts of climate and energy policies in the EU.
Roberta started her career at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), where she worked in Milan and Venice as an Economist/Research Fellow for 5 years. There she used CGE modelling to estimate the economic impacts of climate change across countries and to create sustainable development indicators
Roberta holds a MSc (cum laude) in Economic modelling and Statistics and a BSc (cum laude) in Economic Development and Environmental Economics.
- Decarbonisation pathways at the country level
- Role of low-carbon transition in fostering sustainable development
- Alignment between short-to-medium term climate commitments and long-term decarbonisation trajectories
- New indicators for measuring countries performance in delivering economic growth and development
Publications produced prior to joining the Institute
Fragkos, P., Fragkiadakis, K., Paroussos, L., Pierfederici, R. et al. Coupling national and global models to explore policy impacts of NDCs, Energy Policy, Volume 118, July 2018, Pages 462-473.
Spencer, T., Pierfederici, R. et al. Tracking Sectoral Progress in the Deep Decarbonisation of Energy Systems in Europe, Energy Policy, Volume 110, November 2017, Pages 509–517.
Campagnolo, L., Carraro, C., Eboli, F., Farnia, L., Parrado, R., Pierfederici, R, The Ex-Ante Evaluation of Achieving Sustainable Development Goals, Social Indicators Research, 1-44, February 2017.
Spencer, T., Pierfederici, R. et al. State of the Low-Carbon Energy Union: Assessing the EU’s Progress towards its 2030 and 2050 Climate Objectives, Study N°08/16, IDDRI, November 2016.
Policy - 2024
This policy insight seeks to evaluate China’s role in supply chains for renewable energy technologies and how the country can accelerate the energy transition in other countries, particularly those in Southeast Asia. Read more
Policy - 2023
This is a response made on behalf of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment to the... Read more
Policy - 2022
This independent report sets out a rationale and possible design of a Climate Club, taking its point of departure from the June 2022 G7 Leaders’ Statement on Climate Club. Read more
This white paper outlines an action agenda focused on a big push in investment, innovation and financing. Multilateralism remains key to unlocking the response for a new financial, societal and economic architecture. Read more
Policy - 2021
This report, produced with the World Economic Forum, outlines a global vision and concrete, practical guidance to grow forward from the COVID-19 crisis towards more resilient economies that serve all parts of society and ensure nature and the environment are preserved for future generations. Read more
This report sets out core elements of an overarching and integrated strategy for recovery from the COVID-10 pandemic and growth, as a contribution to the preparation for the G7 Summit taking place in Carbis Bay, Cornwall (11 to 13 June 2021). Read more
Policy - 2020
The Road to Net-Zero critically assesses the UK financial system’s ability to deliver a Net Zero target. The report comprises independent... Read more
This is a response to the Bank of England's discussion paper, 'The 2021 biennial exploratory scenario on the financial risks from climate change'. The response has been prepared by authors from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE, the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London, and the University of Edinburgh Business School. Read more
News - 2023
Long read on whether carbon markets can accelerate progress towards net zero. FT, 15 June 2023 Read more
Article covers the EU’s Net Zero Industry Act. It includes quotes from Roberta Pierfederici. China Dialogue 19 April 2023 Read more
News - 2022
In this commentary article for an Italian news site, Roberta Pierfederici discusses the outcome of the COP27 climate summit in Egypt. Read more
Investments, innovation, policy and finance all play a central role in defining the economic growth model of the 21st century. This commentary argues that better collaboration on these four major issues is vital if we want to create a sustainable, resilient and inclusive future for all. Read more
News - 2021
To ‘build back better’ from COVID-19 we need a broad-based recovery that leaves no one behind; we need to build a more resilient, inclusive society; and we need to make our economy grow quickly and sustainably, argue Hans-Peter Lankes and Roberta Piefederici, as they set out the key elements of a programme for action. Read more
News - 2020
Roberta Pierfederici explains why new climate scenarios are a crucial step forward for informing central banks’ and supervisors’ response to climate risk, but recommends improvements for the methodological framework. Read more