Alumni Spotlights

Recent PhD graduate projects:

Environmental and Resource Governance (ERG) 
Recent PhD graduates in this field have studied the illegal tiger trade in the Amur-Heilong region (Natalia Pervushina); farm animal welfare in Hungary (Mariann Molnár); human rights, land, and governance in America’s Arctic (Mara Kimmel); and governance in Bulgaria's Natura 2000 system (Brendan Duprey). 

Energy Transitions and Climate Change (ETC)
Recent PhD graduates specializing in ETC address issues of socio-political feasibility of low-carbon energy transitions, energy security, and climate mitigation scenarios (Jessica Jewell); socio-political discourse around landmark energy efficient buildings (Sergi Moles); comparative studies of renewable energy uptake (Vadim Vinichenko); productivity impacts of energy efficiency measures (Souran Chatterjee); and transformation of energy systems in slums (Mukesh Kumar Gupta).

Environmental Justice, Politics and Humanities (JPH) 
Recent PhD graduates specializing in JPH have studied the articulation of mining and indigeneity in Russia (Anna Varfolomeeva); the racialized histories and creation of fragmented identities in REDD+ Readiness programs in Guyana and Suriname (Ariadne Collins); contested urban sustainability (Amanda Winter); intersections of climate change and gender policies and practices among small farmers in Nicaragua (Noémi Gonda); and environmental ethics in the writings of Jalal al-Din Rumi (Azim Shamshiev). 

Sustainable Management of Socio-ecological Systems (SES)  
Recent PhD graduates specializing in SES have studied the management effectiveness of biosphere reserves in the Arab region (Diane Matar); water governance and sustainable rural livelihoods in Malawi (Jolly Wasambo); and using fractal analysis to study the resilience and disparity of energy systems in cities (Fouad Khan). 

Resource and Disaster Management and Pollution Control (RMP) 
Recent PhD graduates in this area have studied industrial chemical regulation in the European Union and the United States (Agnes Botos); transition from public to private provision of public services in the water sector (Naira Harutyunyan); transboundary water management and climate change adaptation (Sonja Koeppel) and and assessment of FAO's climate-smart agriculture program (Anastasia Tikhonova). 

Dr. Yolanda Ariadne Collins defended her Dissertation titled “REDD+ Unravelled: A Discursive Analysis of Neoliberal Forest Conservation in Guyana and Suriname” at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy in May, 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Guntra Aistara.

Since then, Dr. Collins has drawn on her dissertation to publish two articles in the newly established ‘E’ series of the Environment and Planning suite of Journals and in the well-established journal Geoforum.

The first paper, titled “How REDD+ governs: Multiple forest environmentalities in Guyana and Suriname” is a contribution to a Special Issue on Environmentality. The paper uses Environmentality, a Foucauldian inspired theoretical approach, to identify the different strategies employed in governing the environment through the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) mechanism. REDD+ is a globally driven, market-based environmental policy. The paper challenges the dominant use of the environmentality lens, which focuses on how REDD+ introduces new forms of environmentality, by showing how REDD+ builds on pre-existing, context-specific approaches to governance instead. In so doing, the paper further develops the critical potential of the environmentality lens by demonstrating how environmentality’s temporal dimensions illuminate the shifts, continuities and disruptions in how environmental governance evolves over time.

The Geoforum paper, “Colonial residue: REDD+, territorialisation and the racialized subject in Guyana and Suriname” shows how REDD+ is racialized in practice. It contributes to the neoliberal conservation literature by demonstrating that colonial histories are sedimented in racialized subjectivities and land management practices where certain economic activities, geographical sites and interactions with the natural environment became the stronghold of different groups. The paper shows how REDD+ is challenged by the legacy of these racialized land use practices and social relations rooted in the defining colonial period in Guyana and Suriname.

Dr. Collins, who graduated under the supervision of Dr. Aistara as one of her first students, is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin. 

Tieza Mica Santos, MS graduate'17 (Philippines) has received the International Climate Protection Fellowship Award (Internationales Klimaschutzstipendium) of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.

Out of hundreds of applicants globally, up to 20 International Climate Protection Fellows are selected, and Tieza was the only one to receive it from the whole Southeast Asian Region.

The award of International Climate Protection Fellowship is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety’s (BMU) International Climate Initiative (IKI), and the host institution (Think Tank) is the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI).

Recipients draw up their own research-based proposal in the field of climate protection or climate-related resource conservation during a one-year stay in Germany, which they then implement in collaboration with a host there. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation runs the programme in cooperation with the Federation of German Industry (BDI), the Centre for International Postgraduate Studies in Environmental Management (CIPSEM) at TU Dresden, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Renewables Academy AG (RENAC).

Programme objectives:
The global challenge posed by climate change can only be met by cross-border international collaborations. By enabling future decision-makers and multipliers to share knowledge, methods and techniques with specialist colleagues in Germany the programme promotes this objective, particularly by taking account of issues relating to practical applicability in the fellows’ own countries. In the spirit of Agenda 2030 and the related Sustainable Developments Goals, the programme seeks to contribute to the achievement of these goals by fostering prospective leaders with their undertakings and projects to combat climate change, to develop and implement adaptation strategies, to preserve ecosystems and biodiversity and to foster the sustainable use of the oceans and seas. Furthermore, it addresses sustainability topics relating to natural resources, resource-efficient consumption and urban development. The programme promotes the development of long-term contacts and collaboration with colleagues in Germany.

Tieza has moved around and lived in over fifteen different cities around the world. She has over a decade-long of experience working on her passion and advocacy for sustainability through social enterprises, startup innovation, sustainable and climate finance, impact investing, climate mitigation through energy and low-carbon economic transition, sustainable cities and landscape, and climate-resilient communities. She wears multiple hats serving as the Director for Sustainable Finance of WWF Philippines, City Girl-in-Chief of Sustain my City Movement, Founder and Convener of Unmask Movement, and remains an active alumna of the Global Shapers Manila Hub.

Dr. Amanda Winter is a research fellow at the University of Nottingham where she leads the Policy and Governance theme of the interdisciplinary Leverhulme project ‘Sustaining Urban Habitats’. Her current comparative work explores the multilevel urban governance of environmental policies in Nottingham and Shanghai.

Her research interests include human geography, political ecology, critical urban theory, and urban environmental governance. Amanda’s doctoral work examined community contestations to green city action plans in Copenhagen and Vancouver, with a focus on how sustainable lifestyles, and sustainability more broadly, were constructed and employed in policy practice. This research contributed to critical debates on aspirations to develop ‘green’ citizens and ‘green’ cities. She actively publishes on her postdoctoral and doctoral research and presents at international conferences.

Amanda has admired Central European University’s dedication to an open society and enjoyed the international and interdisciplinary atmosphere of the university. As a student in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Amanda received the training necessary to place concerns about the environment within broader debates about social justice and human rights. At CEU, Amanda taught in the OLIVE (Open Learning Initiative for Refugees Program), was a member of the ACT Just group, published in The Activist (CEU’s Human Rights Journal), and completed the Teaching in Higher Education Certificate program.

"A PhD at CEU was exactly what I needed: time, excellent facilities, inspiring courses, the help of committed academics and the friendship of fellow students.. All of these enabled me to pursue my dreams...." (Mariann Molnar, PhD alumna)

"How did CEU become #MyCEU? I first came to the University in 1999 to do a masters course in Environmental Sciences and Policy. It was a great experience, which - after volunteering for a CEU-NGO partnership programme - directly landed me in my first job. 
After years of working in the non-governmental sector and later on as a civil servant in the field of animal welfare, I came to realize that in an increasingly complex world there were specific problems that hindered the farm animal welfare reform-effort. These issues became very important to me, and I soon discovered that if I wanted to make a meaningful contribution to the cause, then I needed to understand the nature and extent of the problem much better. 
A PhD at CEU was exactly what I needed: time, excellent facilities, inspiring courses, the help of committed academics and the friendship of fellow students…All of these enabled me to pursue my dreams: to read, to learn, to go out in the field to find out what was going on, to analyse findings, and to reflect on current technical discourses and scrutinize my own assumptions. It was hard work, but well worth it…a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. And on this journey CEU became #MyCEU, and I am grateful for it."

Mariann has become the runner-up from 10 PhD students with her presentation below at the first Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition of CEU in June 2018. 

Mariann Molnár is an alumna of the Central European University Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy (PhD '18)
Photo credit @Péter Lorenz

I joined PhD program in Environmental Sciences and Policy Department in Central European University with a Master’s degree from International Relations and European Studies (IRES) Department in CEU and several years of working experience in World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Federal Russian Customs on the Russian Far East. Even though my previous work places provided opportunities for young professionals to expand their studies in various Universities in Russia and other countries, I knew that Environmental Sciences and Policy Department in CEU was one of the very few that offered PhD program with inter-disciplinary focus and practical trainings on the most contemporary global environmental issues.
Being trained in diplomacy, international relations theory and international law, I have always had a passion for nature conservation and ecology. In Russian Federal Customs on the Russian Far East, I was in charge for inter-customs communication with customs departments in other countries in Asia on various subjects including environmental. After governmental work, my passion for nature conservation brought me to WWF and TRAFFIC (wildlife trade monitoring network, a joint alliance of WWF and IUCN) where I developed and coordinated programs focused on combating with illegal trade in Tigers and Tigers parts across Asia. While working on Tiger trade programs, I coordinated with various WWF and TRAFFIC offices across Tiger range countries in Asia as well as with other environmental NGOs, international organisations and government agencies dealing with legal and illegal wildlife trade across Asia and globally. I also represented WWF and TRAFFIC at various global governmental meetings and conferences related to Tiger and Wildlife trade such as CITES COPs, Global Tiger Ministerial meetings and etc.
Having gained knowledge and experience at the conservation management work, I am committed to further expand expertise and career. As a graduate of IRES department in CEU, I was well aware of the interdisciplinary and ambitious PhD program at the EnviSci department. It does offer an amazing opportunity for young professionals and academics from various field to pursue a degree and strengthen their knowledge under the supervision of world renowned practitioners. Not to mention that you are immersed in a unique multi-cultural environment of students and professors and provided with a decent academic scholarship. My PhD dissertation is devoted to investigating Tiger trade problem in the Amur-Heilong region (transborder area between Russia and China) under the supervision of Dr. Victor Lagutov.
From the very first days of my PhD studies, I was involved in practical conferences and workshops on environmental security organised by my supervisor. This experience allowed me to present my research topic and expand international academic network. During the first year of studies, we had to go through several disciplinary and inter-disciplinary courses for Phd students where we were guided by professors to ask the right questions for our own research, further develop analytical and writing skills, got introduced to the most contemporary global environmental issues and most recent works of the prominent academics in the field. Considering that most of us were coming from various backgrounds, PhD courses gave an opportunity to share ideas, get different perspectives on our research topics, challenge and further improve our research questions what usually comprises the essence of any academic work. PhD students could also take courses in other departments in CEU, as well as enhance our teaching skills and learn other languages through various training courses offered on campus.
In addition to strengthening academic skills, department professors engage PhD students in scientific work of leading international practitioners and scholars. For instance, I was involved as a contributing author and fellow to the Fifth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO 5) for UNEP under the supervision of Dr. Laszlo Pinter and published an article related to my research in Springer edition under the supervision of my supervisor Dr. Victor Lagutov. Such experience allows to broaden your academic and professional network and introduce your research topic to other practitioners and researchers globally what is critical for young scholars.
Life of a PhD student might seem to be eventless and monotonous for those who are not familiar with the student life in CEU or Environmental Sciences and Policy department, which is one of the most practical departments at the University. Be prepared for challenging intellectual discussions, scientific events, exciting field trips and meeting a plethora of prominent academics and leading practitioners in the field if you are a PhD student at our department.

I graduated from the Department of Nationalism Studies at CEU in 2012, and after that worked as a visiting researcher at Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies in Sweden with a project on state policies towards indigenous peoples in Sweden and Russia. While in Sweden, I witnessed Sami protests against the iron ore mine in the north of the country, and this experience sparked my interest in indigenous relations with mining industry.  In 2014, I returned to CEU and entered the PhD program at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy; my PhD project was devoted to articulations of indigenous identity in relation to mining in two Russian regions – Karelia and Buryatia (the case studies of Vepses and Soyots).

 I still remember the first months of PhD life very vividly, and it is hard to believe that two years have passed since then. During these two years, I conducted fieldwork in two regions situated far away from each other – the Republic of Karelia in the North-West of Russia and the Republic of Buryatia in South-Central Siberia, near Mongolia. These two years also brought with them a whole range of academic pleasures such as a visit to world’s largest diamond mine (situated in Mirnyi, Yakutia) with UArctic PhD course on Extractive Industries or a recent trip to Alpine glaciers with Vienna Arctic Summer School. Another great experience was my participation in teaching development project “Strengthening Teaching Effectiveness through Student Evaluation Innovation” led by Dr. Tamara Steger with the help of Center for Teaching and Learning.

One of the benefits of PhD program at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy for me is its multidisciplinary approach: while my research lies within environmental anthropology, it is definitely enriched by the perspectives of other research areas. It is also possible to take courses from other departments, as well as attend various seminars, conferences, lectures held at CEU; here you are never limited by one discipline. The department also offers various ways of cooperation between students and faculty including ACT JUST research group on environmental justice, Environmental Systems Laboratory, Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative. In addition, I am very grateful to CEU Career Services Center which offers Professional Skills Development program for PhD students, as well as to Center for Teaching and Learning: both these units help us to be more prepared to possible challenges and struggles of academic career.    

Before joining CEU for the Master's Program in Environmental Sciences and Policy back in 2007, I worked as an international relations officer at Omsk State Pedagogical University, Russia. Despite my linguistic training and work related to international academic exchange, I was always interested in environmental issues. After a brief study visit to CEU in 2006, I decided to change my career path and apply for a master's degree there. This was probably the most crucial decision in my life so far. Having successfully completed a master's degree, I had no second thoughts about joining the PhD Program at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. The doctoral program offered a good balance between courses and time for independent study, as well as excellent possibilities for engaging in current research projects run at the Department.

The first years of my enrollment in the PhD program were dedicated to developing my research interests and improving my research skills. I enjoyed the freedom of pursing a topic that was interesting to me, while also having the support of my supervisor in narrowing it down and developing it into a research proposal. The availability of various forms of financial support for students whose research interests lie outside Hungary (and within, of course!) was a significant factor in my research path as well.

My dissertation is focused on the analysis of discourse of climate justice networks in the UK. The UK has had a long history of social and environmental activism and is now home to a radical grassroots movement campaigning on climate change. My study examines the discourse of two prominent grassroots networks, Camp for Climate action and Rising Tide, that have campaigned on the issue of climate justice nationally and inspired similar networks internationally (Australia, the USA, Ghana, New Zealand, Sweden, Finland and in other countries). Due to the multi-faceted nature of the grassroots networks in focus, the study is situated on the intersection of several theoretical approaches: the global justice movement, contemporary anarchism and environmental justice approaches. The data for this research was collected through participant observation within the networks, in-depth interviews with activists and complemented by a number of key written documents and online materials produced by the networks. With this research I am hopeful to contribute to the understanding of what climate justice is from the perspective of grassroots movements and what it can do for promoting social changes in the way we deal with climate and other crises.

I studied at the master’s program, "Problem solving in science" with a focus on environmental science at Göteborg University, Sweden (Degree: Master of Science in Environmental sciences and Physics, in May 2005), as well as at the master’s program, "Public and private environmental management" at Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany (Degree: Master of Arts in Environmental Political Science, in October 2007). Before joining the doctoral program at CEU in November 2010, I worked at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Potsdam, Germany, (from November 2007-today) and at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria (from November 2009-today). At both institutes I work with policy issues and risks concerning renewable electricity imports to Europe from North Africa and the Middle East.

I was attracted to the program and CEU especially because I had met my supervisor at conferences and had gotten to know some of his work. I wanted to be a part of that, and to learn what I could from him. So far, I have had a very good impression of the program, both of the regular course work and, especially, of the dissertation supervision. However, it is difficult to not live in Budapest, as you lose most of the contact with the institute, except for the regular contact and exchanges with the supervisor. This, together with the general stress of writing a dissertation, have been the largest challenges encountered so far.

 In my dissertation work, I focus on developing new methods and epistemological approaches to better understand and measure energy security in scenarios for the future, in particular for scenarios with imports of renewable electricity. In this, I draw on theories and concepts from outside the traditional energy security research field, as well as on concepts used primarily in niches of energy security research. The overarching idea is to focus on observed energy security concerns and to assess these using new metrics that are closer connected to the threats one wants to measure in a particular context, instead of the more traditional generic metrics. By doing this, I hope to contribute both to the specific understanding of risks concerning renewable electricity imports and the more general epistemological background to energy security research and its link to decarbonisation scenarios: only secure energy futures are acceptable choices, and thus we must ensure that the decarbonisation pathways are secure as well as climate-friendly.

Csaba Pusztai came to CEU with an academic background in economics and business. Having already gathered several years of teaching experience in Hungarian tertiary education, he decided to seek a more research intensive role after earning his PhD in 2011. In 2012 he joined the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies in Yokohama, Japan as a Postdoctoral Fellow. At UNU-IAS, he is in the Sustainable Urban Futures program pursuing an individual research agenda as well as contributing to the team effort.

In his individual research, Csaba focuses on how cities address the challenges of improving the sustainability of city-wide socio-technical systems such as transport, energy, or waste management. These systems usually involve a wide array of stakeholders interacting with each other in various roles and functions, so innovative approaches (and performance gains) can be understood as the collective outcome of the collaborative effort of these actors. Csaba’s research looks into what drives the dynamics of these ‘local ecosystems of government and private sector innovation’.

As member of the “urban group” at UNU-IAS, he also contributes to developing decision-support tools for cities to improve their governance of transport, energy, and waste management sectors. In addition to research, Csaba also teaches Research Methods classes in the Master of Environmental Governance program of UNU-IAS. Csaba has not yet decided what will come after he completes his postdoctoral fellowships, but he hopes to pursue an academic career related to sustainability in a multicultural setting.

In 2008 when I came to CEU to enroll in the PhD program in Environmental Sciences and Policy I already had a few years of research experience at my home university in Spain – the University of Alcala (Madrid). There I got my first and second degrees (a BSc- and an MSc-equivalent in Environmental Sciences with a specialization in Environmental Economics) and gained my first professional experience as a researcher. During the six years I worked for the Environmental Economics Research Group of the University of Alcala I acquired a great deal of the skills that later allowed me to pursue a PhD at CEU with a guarantee of success. This experience was crucial to build my confidence as a researcher. In 2001-2002 I completed a one-and-a-half year internship at the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (the REC, in Szentendre, Hungary). It was during this time that I first heard of and became interested in CEU's post-graduate programs.

CEU attracted me first as a university with a manifest leaning towards issues relevant to the Central and Eastern European region and with a remarkable multi-cultural atmosphere. The location mattered for me too, as I had a personal preference towards Budapest – a livable, affordable city with plenty of places and people to enjoy during free time. I applied to the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy because of its interdisciplinary profile and my own environmental sciences/economics background, and asked Professor Diana Ürge-Vorsatz to be my supervisor because her world-renowned expertise in the field of climate change mitigation in the buildings sector provided a very relevant frame for my research topic. I later understood that the decision to start my PhD at CEU under Diana's supervision really gave me an edge in moving ahead with my research career. This said, one needs to have realistic expectations about the time supervisors can offer to PhD students, and be ready to design and carry out most of the doctoral research independently. This is at the core of the PhD experience – being able to conduct original quality research on your own.

The first year of the PhD program is useful to understand the nature of PhD research, define a research topic and expand your knowledge and skills with additional courses. The coursework allows you to focus on your dissertation research. In my case, I analyzed fuel (or energy poverty) in Hungary as an energy affordability/vulnerability issue with significant social and climate change implications. Being a largely under-researched topic in Central and Eastern Europe, I found it easier to produce my own original piece of research. For that, I chose to assess the significance of the fuel poverty problem in Hungary by applying measuring approaches developed in Western Europe to the Hungarian case, which was combined with a semi-qualitative assessment of two cases of fuel poverty previously unreported in the literature. I then conducted a social cost-benefit analysis of upgrading the energy efficiency of Hungary's residential buildings in order to assess the importance of fuel poverty alleviation as a co-benefit of climate investments. This research design posed some challenges in terms of the diversity of approaches used and fitting these methodologies to the Hungarian reality and available data. At a different level, one also has to be ready to deal with other challenges like the practicalities of the PhD – from the difficulties of field research to sustaining oneself during the several years that finishing a PhD requires. Defending your PhD dissertation in the three to four years of paid scholarship generously provided by CEU is advisable for many reasons but it may not always be feasible. Because of this, looking for sources of additional financing and taking advantage of CEU's and the Department's paid research opportunities is surely recommendable.

Fiona studied at CEU from 2003-2010. She then took up a position as Lecturer in Environmental Management at the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh. Fiona lectures in rural land use, environmental management systems, corporate social responsibility and environmental impact assessment. In 2011 she became programme director of the MSc in Food Security, at the school of Geoscience, University of Edinburgh. She is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Her research interests include environmental and resource security, network analysis for assessing bio security risks, and education for sustainable development.

We are very pleased to announce that Jolly Wasambo received an appointment from the President of Malawi to the position of Environmental and Soil Health Expert within the newly established Green Belt Initiative.

"I studied at CEU from 2005-2006 for an MSc in Environmental Sciences and Policy, and later rejoined the same institution for PhD studies in Environmental Sciences and Policy from 2007-2011. Prior to joining CEU I studied at the University of Malawi for a BSc degree in Environmental Science and Technology from 1995-2001 and immediately thereafter started my professional career with the Malawi Ministry of Education as a Secondary School Science Teacher. Later I worked in the manufacturing industry where I was responsibilities for implementing environmental quality standards before joining the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) where I headed the Agriculture and Pesticides Section and worked as a member of the MBS Industrial Research and Consultancy Team responsible for conducting client-based industrial research and consultancies in such areas as product development, safety, hygiene and environmental protection. I later joined the Research and Development Division of the National Research Council of Malawi responsible for research, promotion, and technology transfer. After my PhD I joined the Department of Science and Technology as a Science and Technology Specialist responsible for research, policy and international collaboration. Besides, I also work for the country coordinating centre for the African Innovation Outlook (AIO).

My current research interests include IWRM, socio-hydrology, innovation and sustainability, conservation and indigenous knowledge systems, climate-smart agriculture, sustainable livelihoods, and environmental governance."

Dr. Richard Filcak, graduated in 2007, is a researcher at the Institute for Foresight Studies/Slovak Academy of Sciences.

Richard Filcak has extensive experience as a researcher, as well as development and NGO projects coordinator working in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Balkan and former Soviet Union regions. In general, his work and research interests are focused on environmental and social policy development in the transitional countries of Central and Eastern Europe - with particular attention and social and territorial exclusion leading to the exposure to environmental risks and vulnerability of the people.

He recently published book about actors and conflicts in environmental policy and he is finishing his book Living beyond the pale: Environmental justice and the Roma minority in Slovakia (to be published in 2012). He is currently researcher at the Institute for Foresight Studies/Slovak Academy of Sciences, where he focuses his research on the poverty - environment nexus and copying strategies of people vis-à-vis Global and local environmental and socio-economic changes.

Dr. Aleksandra Novikova had studied and worked at CEU during 2003-2009. Her last position at CEU was a senior researcher at the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP), the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. Currently she is a senior analyst at the Berlin office of the Climate Policy Initiative and a research associate at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW-Berlin). Her first degree is in Mathematical Methods in Economics of Novosibirsk State University (Russia). She has also been a research scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

Dr. Novikova’s research interests include assessment of demand-side energy efficiency and evaluation of policies to improve it. She has worked on the number of projects for the UNDP, the UNEP, the European Commission, the Hungarian Ministry of Environment and Water, California Energy Commission, Russian regional authorities, and other organizations. She is also a Lead Author of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Nobel prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group III on Mitigation and a Lead Analyst of the IIASA Global Energy Assessment. As a CEU Visiting Professor, Dr. Novikova teaches courses on energy challenges and sustainable energy policies.