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Swaroop Govinda Rao

PHD Graduate - 2022

Thesis title

Sustainable development investment in Brazil and socio-economic externalities: three empirical essays

Areas of expertise

  • Economics
  • International Political Economy
  • Quantitative Methods

Swaroop is a PhD candidate working with the Energy Management Team. Having studied energy engineering and policy at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany, and Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, he works with Dr David Grover at GEM on studying the socioeconomic impacts of clean energy investments. He has also previously worked on, and continues to work on European and German energy policy.

In the present era where the effects of anthropogenic climate change are becoming visible, and where countries are expected to contribute to emissions mitigation, the spotlight is often on developing countries, which are often considered to be engines of economic growth – growth that leads to improved socioeconomic conditions, including employment creation and reductions in inequalities and poverty. These countries have long faced a policy dilemma that pits environmental concerns on the one hand with development needs on the other. The concept of Sustainable Development therefore aims to give a direction to the developing world that takes into account environmental and social factors (among others). Using econometric evaluation methods, this thesis critically examines the impacts that (sustainable) development investment has had on socio-economic indicators in Brazil, especially on income inequality and on employment creation.
    • Méthodes quantitatives d'aide à la décision - Licence - Since 2020
    • Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility - Master - from 2019 to 2020
    • E-Cube - Licence - Since 2020
    • Advanced quantitative methods for Marketing - Licence - from 2019 to 2020
    • Social science perspectives on energy innovation - Master - from 2017 to 2019