Roberta Pierfederici

Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Stern, LSE

Roberta Pierfederici

Roberta joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in January 2020. She is responsible for providing policy-related research assistance to Professor Stern. She is also a Policy Analyst within the Institute’s policy team.


Prior to joining Grantham, Roberta worked at IDDRI/Sciences Po in Paris as Senior Research Fellow for 3 years, focusing on low-carbon transition pathways at the country and sectoral level, as well as on capacity building for the implementation of the Paris Agreement in developing countries.

She also worked as a Research Fellow for the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, where she focused on low-carbon technologies in BRICS-countries. Her professional experience also includes work for the global consultancy ICF International in London, to evaluate the impacts of climate and energy policies in the EU.

Roberta started her career at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), where she worked in Milan and Venice as an Economist/Research Fellow for 5 years. There she used CGE modelling to estimate the economic impacts of climate change across countries and to create sustainable development indicators

Roberta holds a MSc (cum laude) in Economic modelling and Statistics and a BSc (cum laude) in Economic Development and Environmental Economics.

Research interests

  • Decarbonisation pathways at the country level
  • Role of low-carbon transition in fostering sustainable development
  • Alignment between short-to-medium term climate commitments and long-term decarbonisation trajectories
  • New indicators for measuring countries performance in delivering economic growth and development

Publications produced prior to joining the Institute

 Fragkos, P., Fragkiadakis, K., Paroussos, L., Pierfederici, R. et al. Coupling national and global models to explore policy impacts of NDCs, Energy Policy, Volume 118, July 2018, Pages 462-473.

Spencer, T., Pierfederici, R. et al. Tracking Sectoral Progress in the Deep Decarbonisation of Energy Systems in Europe, Energy Policy, Volume 110, November 2017, Pages 509–517.

Campagnolo, L., Carraro, C., Eboli, F., Farnia, L., Parrado, R., Pierfederici, R, The Ex-Ante Evaluation of Achieving Sustainable Development Goals, Social Indicators Research, 1-44, February 2017.

Spencer, T., Pierfederici, R. et al. State of the Low-Carbon Energy Union: Assessing the EU’s Progress towards its 2030 and 2050 Climate Objectives, Study N°08/16, IDDRI, November 2016.