Talevi, Marta

Marta Talevi is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, and a member of EfD’s Sustainable Energy Transition Initiative (SETI) and Women in Environmental Economics for Development (WinEED). Marta holds a PhD from the London School of Economics (2020), and was a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University, School of the Environment (YSE) until 2022.

Research interests 

Applied microeconomics, environmental economics, gender equity and social inclusion, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy access, energy transitions, behavioural economics, impact evaluation, policy instruments.


Marta has been an academic mentor to several graduate students (mostly from groups that are under-represented in Economics and STEM) working on themes of energy, environmental protection, gender equity and social inclusions. Marta was a mentee in the Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) Career Advancement and Mentorship (CAM) Program 2021-2023.


EfD Research Fund for “Solar-powered irrigation systems and resilience to climate change: a viability analysis” (2023-2025); co-PI.

Hamburg University Transfer Fund for “Building resilience and adaptation to climate change through information technology and climate services: Smallholder and subsistence farmers in Benin” (2021-2022); co-PI.

UK Economic and Social Research Council grant for doctoral research (ESRC DTC) (2015-2019).

Policy engagement 

Experience as a researcher and consultant for several policy institutes and programmes, such as the OECD Development Centre, Chatham House, Practical Action, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, Energising Development (EnDev). Attended dissemination and knowledge exchange workshops with a policy focus at the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), Electricity Camp in the Rockies, EfD and Sustainable Energy Transition Initiative annual meetings.


(1) Finalist, 2021 USAEE Energy Economics Young Professional Best Paper Award Competition

(2) Lasserre-Renzetti Prize for best student paper at the 2019 Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics Association annual conference

People | 8 May 2020