Climate change, deforestation, pollution, recycling policies and traffic congestion charging are all issues at the top of the environmental debate today. An understanding of how economic activities and policies affect the environment is crucial for designing policy solutions to tackle contemporary environmental problems.
Dr Stefania Lovo’s research involves application of economic concepts and quantitative methods to the analysis and appraisal of environmental issues and policies. She is particularly interested in matters related to impact analysis of environmental policies, pollution and health, climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and how environmental policies impact on firm location, international trade and firm performance.
Stefania, who teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Department of Economics, is passionate about her subject.
“The central questions in environmental economics are concerned with the tradeoff between development priorities and environmental sustainability. Some countries are poor and in need of industrial growth. Can economic tools and arguments be used to reach a compromise between industrialisation and environmental conservation?"
Stefania is currently involved in some critical research work in the areas of environmental regulation and corruption, the impact of dumping sites in Africa on children's health and the effects of changes in energy prices on firm performance.