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Stefania Lovo

Stefania Lovo
  • Module Convenor for EC115 and EC110
  • Director of Postgraduate Research Studies (Admissions)

Areas of interest

Development economics, environmental economics, applied microeconomics and policy impact evaluation.

My research interests are in development economics, environmental economics, applied microeconomics and policy impact evaluation. In particular, I have studied how deforestation interacts with ethnic diversity and institutional quality, how tenure insecurity, climate shocks and crop choices affect rural household welfare and how environmental policies impact on firm location, international trade and firm performance. 

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students on issues that lie at the intersection between environmental and development economics including for example:

  • Empirical analyses of environmental policies (e.g. decentralisation of environmental regulation, governance, political economy)
  • Short and long-term effects of pollution on development outcomes
  • Deforestation and land use management
  • Agriculture and climate change


I joined the Department of Economics at the University of Reading in September 2016. 

Before joining the University of Reading I was a post-doctoral researcher for four years at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.

Academic qualifications

PhD University of Sussex, PhD University of Verona

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Globalisation Research (Queen Mary)
  • Senior Research Associate of LSE Consulting


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