Verdolini Elena

Elena is Senior Scientist at EIEE and Professor in Political Economy at the Law Department, Università degli Studi di Brescia. Elena is a Lead Author of the 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC in Working Group III and the Principal Investigator of 2D4D “Disruptive Digitalization for Decarbonization” project, a 5-year European Research Council Grant. She has been involved in several internationally funded research projects (INNOPATHS, CD-LINKS, ENTRACTE, ICARUS among others). 

Elena holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Pavia, a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle and a PhD in Economics and Finance of the Public Administration from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan. 

Her main interest is in applied analysis, with a focus on the dynamics of innovation, technology transfer, green growth, and the economic and social impacts of environmental and energy policies. Within 2D4D, she will research the energy and socio-economic implications of key digital technologies in three hard-to-decarbonize sectors: Industry, Transport and Buildings. 


  • Systematic review of the outcomes and trade-offs of ten types of decarbonization policy instruments
  • Measuring Environmental Policy Stringency: Approaches, Validity, and Impact on Environmental Innovation and Energy Efficiency
  • Bridging the gap: Do fast-reacting fossil technologies facilitate renewable
  • Innovative green-technology SMEs as an opportunity to promote financial de-risking
  • Transition towards a green economy in Europe: Innovation and knowledge integration in the renewable energy sector
  • The Future Prospects of Energy Technologies: Insights from Expert Elicitations
  • Environmental Policy Performance and its Determinants: Application of a Three-level Random Intercept Model
  • Directed Technological Change and Energy Efficiency Improvements
  • Quantifying the Effects of Expert Selection and Elicitation Design on Experts' Confidence in Their Judgments About Future Energy Technologies
  • The Political Economy of Energy Innovation

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