Carla is a Research Associate and part-time postgraduate researcher in the Geography & Environment Department at Loughborough University. She is part of the Climate Compatible Growth (#CCG) Programme and the Loughborough Centre for Sustainable Transitions: Energy, Environment and Resilience (STEER).

Her role as Research Associate focuses on energy modelling for sustainable development. In particular, she works on international capacity building activities in the Global South, on the development of accessible teaching material, data, and user-friendly modelling tools. Carla manages partnership and collaborates with International Organization as part of the Optimus Community of Practice.

She holds a double-degree Master of Science from the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, as part of the EIT InnoEnergy Master School.

During her master’s studies, she was a teaching assistant intern for the “Summer School of Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development” organized at ICTP Centre by the UN and other International Organizations. Before starting her postgraduate studies, she obtained her Bachelor in Energy Engineering from the University of Bologna. During the undergraduate period, she won two competitive Erasmus scholarships to study at the University Carlos III of Madrid and the University of Seville.

Research Question: Carla's research aims at bridging the gap between energy modellers and policymakers by developing more accessible tools to fasten the actions taken by governments towards sustainable development and climate change.

Part of her open-source research will focus on further developing a straightforward software for long-term energy modelling analysis (clicSAND), zero order starter kits dataset for developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America and an online training course to enable users to quickly get up and running with the modelling tools.

This research is part of the Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) Programme, an UK ODA-funded research programme, which provides support and guidance to developing countries on how to respond best to the low-carbon transition challenge.

  • Economics and Policy for Sustainable Development (Master in Climate Change Politics and Policy)