Marco Sakai

Lecturer, University of York

Marco Sakai

Marco is currently a Lecturer at the University of York. He is a research associate in three large RCUK-funded centres: the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP), the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP). He holds a BSc in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), as well as an MSc (distinction) and PhD (research excellence award) in Ecological Economics from the University of Leeds.

He has worked as a macroeconomic analyst in the Mexican Ministry of Finance and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where he contributed to high-level policy reports. He has also worked as a researcher in the Stockholm Environment Institute in York and as a lecturer in UNAM. Marco’s research mainly focuses on analysing the climate-development nexus, particularly assessing changes in consumption patterns and their effects in global development. His work in CIE-MAP involves macroeconomic modelling and scenario analysis, seeking to understand the wide economy implications of reducing energy and material use.

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BSc in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
MSc in Ecological Economics (distinction) from the University of Leeds
PhD in Ecological Economics (research excellence award) from the University of Leeds


Marco is an associate researcher in CCCEP and a research fellow in CIE-MAP. He is also a member of CASSE’s speaker network (Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy).

Research Interests

Ecological economics, macroeconomics, economic development, climate change, international trade, econometric modelling, CGE modelling, multi-regional input-output analysis.