Dr. Maria D. Carvalho studies the evolution of renewable energy and carbon markets through a social science lens by evaluating the interactive effect between policy, innovation, economics, and geography. She currently works in the Policy team for the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & the Environment at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), focusing on energy and climate policies for Europe and North America.
Maria completed both her Master’s and PhD at the LSE, where she investigated how global competition affects different economies’ ability to realize green growth from various industrial activities. Between her Master’s and PhD, Maria worked for New Energy Finance (later acquired by Bloomberg) for two years in the Carbon Markets team, where she primarily managed research that identified low-carbon market opportunities in developing countries. She has consulted for the World Bank, the UN Commission on Trade and Development, the Overseas Development Institute, and UCL’s Green Economy Policy Commission. During her undergraduate studies in economics and development at Queen’s University, Canada, Maria evaluated microfinance projects that were being implemented with Santhalliforest-dwelling communities in West Bengal.
With her business partner Federica Buricco, Maria co-founded Black Cili in 2014, an animation company that provides explainer videos to communicate academic research insights to a wider audience. Passionate about innovative methods to teaching and communication, Maria is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and dabbles in stand-up comedy.