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Research Institute Research Institute for Complexity

Enrica De Cian is associate professor in Environmental Economics at Ca’ Foscari Unversity of Venice (Italy) since December 2017 and ERC Starting Grant grantee with the project ENERGYA – Energy use for Adaptation (starting date March 1st, 2018).

Before she was senior researcher at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and scientist at CMCC Foundation – Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici.

In 2012 she was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Outgoing Fellowship and she was a research scholar at the Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University, US. She worked with Prof. Ian Sue Wing at the development of novel economic methods and models to evaluate the economic consequences of climate change impacts and adaptation.

Her research focuses on the global impacts of climate change on the economy, the society, and sustainable development by using econometric and modelling approaches. She combines different methods and disciplines, specifically economic growth, environmental economics, geography, environmental and climate science. She relies on integrated assessment models to study how human and natural systems could interact under future changing climate and economy. She applies econometric methods to historical data to understand how human and natural systems have coped with observed changes in the past. Secondary research interests include technological change, the role of institutions in the transition toward sustainable development. She has also worked at the development of the adaptation module of the WITCH model, one of the first Integrated Assessment Models combining mitigation and adaptation policies to climate change. 

She has collaborated with several research organizations. Between 2004 and 2005 she was research assistant at the climate change unit at CEPS in Brussels. Between 2005 and 2006 she was visiting researcher at Joint Programme on the Policy and the Science of Climate Change (JP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. In 2012 she visited the ZEW in Mannheim, where she worked on the joint FEEM-ZEW project, “Diffusion of Climate-Friendly Technologies – The Role of Intellectual Property Rights, Human Capital and Environmental Policy – Climtech”.

She has been involved in several international projects. In particular, she has been the leader of the PECE project funded by United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) and the FEEM leader of the PATHWAYS project (EC, FP7). She has also contributed to the first Country Report “Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in Italy“, which analyzed different decarbonization scenarios in 2015 and she has been a member of the Steering Committee of the EMF28 study on scenarios for transforming the European Energy System.

Since 2007 she has been a lecturer in the PhD program Science and management of climate change at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Since 2014 she has been a lecturer in the Environmental Program Studies at Boston University Study Abroad Venice. She has published in the fields of climate change economics, integrated assessment modeling, energy economics, and environmental and resource economics.

Main externally-funded projects

2018, ENERGYA, ERC Starting Grant

2017, COACCH, H2020 collaborative project

2016, COP21RIPPLES, H2020 collaborative project

2015, PECE Fuelling clean energy transitions: The political economy of energy innovation,  UNU-WIDER

2013, PATHWAYS, EU FP7 collaborative project

2012,  DYNamic feedbacks of climate impacts on current Adaptation and Mitigation Investment Choice, EU FP7 Marie Curie Project

2012, EMF 28: The Effects of Technology Choices on EU Climate Policy, Stanford University

2011, ClimTech Climate-Friendly Technologies, The Role of Intellectual Property Rights, Human Capital and Environmental Policy. SEEK project

2010, AMPERE Assessment of Climate Change Mitigation Pathways and Evaluation of the Robustness of Mitigation Cost Estimates, EU FP7 collaborative project

2009, PASHMINA PAradigm SHifts Modelling and INnovative Approaches. EU FP7 collaborative project

Professional and Academic Experiences

2018 - present, Principal Investigator, ENERGYA - Energy use for Adaptation project, ERC Starting Grant

2017 - present, Associate Professor, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

2006 - 2017, Researcher, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei – FEEM, Italy

2008 - 2017, Research scientist, Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change – CMCC, Italy

2008 - 2017, Lecturer, PhD Program in Science and Management of Climate Change, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

2014 - 2017, Lecturer, Boston University Study Abroad Venice, Environmental Program Studies

2014 - present, Associate Deputy Editor of Climatic Change

November 2012 – October 2013, Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Outgoing Fellowship, Boston University, Department of Earth and Environment, USA

January 2012 – March 2012, Visting researcher, ZEW, Mannheim, Germany (SEEK project ClimTech)

January 2004 – June 2004, Research assistant and stagier, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, Belgium. Leonardo programme. Research area: energy, climate change and sustainable development.


September 29 2008, PhD in Economics and Organization, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Principal subjects covered: Endogenous Technical Change and Climate Policy. Econometric Analysis and Stabilization Scenarios

September 2005 – June 2006, Visiting student and researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Joint Programme on the Policy and the Science of Climate Change (JP) and the Centre for Environment and Energy Economics (CCEPR) Cambridge (USA)

November 23 2003, Degree in Economics (Laurea cum laude in Economia e Commercio), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Principal subjects covered: International Trade and Climate Change: Comparing Trade Sanctions and No Regret Energy Policies


2006 - Present EAERE, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

2013 - Present  SISC, Società Italiana per le Scienze del Clima

2014 - Present  IAERE, Italian Association of Environmental and Resources Economists

Presentations (selected)


    • First International Workshop on Empirical Method in Energy Economics 2008, Presentation: The Impact of Climate Change on Energy Demand: a Dynamic Panel Analysis, July 2008, Zurich, Switzerland.
    • Seminar, Princeton Environmental Institute, Presentation: Sharing the burden to 2050: what role for an international carbon market? Princeton University, USA, October 9th 2009.
    • NBER workshop “National Bureau of Economic Research Integrated Assessment Modelling Conference” May 17-18, Cambridge MA, Presentation:  Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and Coastal Disasters. A Review of Modeling Practice.
    • Workshop “Green Growth modeling and informing policy-makers workshop at the World Bank”, Washington DC, May 23 2013. Presentation: The role of technical change in assessing mitigation cost
    • Seminar, Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University, Boston, MA, September 27th 2013. Presentation: Climate change vulnerability of global calorific supply. Results from the DYNAMIC project.
    • Seminar, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA , October 2nd 2013. Presentation: Climate change vulnerability of global calorific supply. Key results and methodological aspects. Results from the DYNAMIC project.
    • Seminar, Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO), Presentation: Are Cereals Globally in Troubles, February 13 2014, Rome, Italy.
    • JRC Global Risk Forum, Invited presentation: Climate change impacts in the energy sector. December 1-2, 2014, Seville, Spain.
    • EAERE, Presentation: Climate vulnerability of energy demand.  A Global Sectoral analysis, June 24-27 2015, Helsinki, Finland
    • Catastrophic risk, mitigation and adaptation,  July 7-9 2015, Paris, France.
    • ECCA Conference, Presentation: Building Uncertainty into the Adaptation Cost Estimation in IAMs, 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    • IMPACTS World 2017: Co-host of workshop, “Advancing the Economic Assessment of Climate Change. Gaps and future”, October 10-12, 2017, Potsdam, Germany.