Integrated Phd Researcher

Nuno Bento

research interests

Nuno focuses on two interconnected layers: innovation and diffusion at system level; business and organizational change in climate change and sustainability.

Short Bio

Nuno Bento is Researcher at the Group of Innovation and Labour within DINÂMIA-CET of ISCTE-IUL. Previous experiences include postdoctoral researches at Harvard University, USA, and at IIASA, Austria. Nuno holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Grenoble, France, a MA in International Political Economy from University Pierre Mendès France, France, and a BA in Economics from Oporto University. Nuno has a number of publications in international scientific peer-reviewed journals as well as teaching experience in several countries.

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

His research is at the intersection of technology, industrial organization and policy, dealing with two interconnected themes. The first focuses on innovation and diffusion at the system level, particularly on the role of emerging energy innovations for sustainable transition. This includes the determinants of the formative phase and of the diffusion of energy technologies in different markets, in particular by comparing adoption in central countries and in followers. Nuno collaborated with colleagues at IIASA in developing the lowest energy demand scenario ever published that reconciles the needs of the world's population by 2050 with the goal of 1.5 degrees Celcius.

The second theme concentrates on corporate behavior and organizational change in the field of climate change and sustainability. It includes the study of emerging practices in large companies, such as the internal pricing of carbon, and its impact on corporate’s operational and environmental performances and strategy

Wilson, C., A. Grubler, N. Bento, S. Healey, S. De Stercke and C. Zimm (2020), "Granular technologies to
accelerate decarbonization," Science 368(6486): 36-39.

Main publications

Bento N., Gianfrate G. (2020), “Determinants of Internal Carbon Prices,” Energy Policy 143 (2020) 111499

Bento N., Borello M., Gianfrate G. (2019), “Market-pull policies to promote renewable energy: a quantitative assessment of tendering implementation,” Journal of Cleaner Production (In Press).

Grubler, A., Wilson, C., Bento, N., Boza-Kiss, B., Krey, V., McCollum, D., Rao, N., Riahi, K., Rogelj, J., De Stercke, S., Cullen, J., Frank, S., Fricko, O., Guo, F., Gidden, M., Havlík, P., Huppmann, D., Kiesewetter, G., Rafaj, P., Schoepp, W., Valin, H. (2018), “A Low Energy Demand Scenario for Meeting the 1.5°C Target and Sustainable Development Goals without Negative Emission Technologies,” Nature Energy 3: 515-527.

Bento, N., Wilson, C., Anadon, L.D. (2018), “Time to get ready: Conceptualizing the temporal and spatial dynamics of formative phases for energy technologies,” Energy Policy 119: 282-293.

Main projects

Research project OCEANTRANS - Ocean energy technologies transformative potential (PTDC/GES-OUT/30559/2017) from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT).

Post-doctoral research grant from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal, for studying “The adoption capacity of energy technologies in Portugal: Historical evidence and perspectives”

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