Integrated Phd Researcher

Nuno Bento

research interests

innovation and technological change, industrial transformation and economics, sustainability transition, energy and climate policy

Short Bio

Nuno Bento is an integrated researcher at DINÂMIA’CET-Iscte. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Grenoble (France) and has (co-)authored three dozen articles in renowned international scientific journals, including multidisciplinary journals such as Science and Nature Energy, on technological change and policies in the field of energy and climate change. His research has received national (e.g., FCT) and international (e.g., EU Horizon 2020, METI-Japan) funding. Nuno has consulted for organizations such as the European Commission, International Energy Agency or IPCC. Academic background includes post-doctoral studies at Harvard Kennedy School (USA) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis – IIASA (Austria).

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

His research is at the intersection of technology, industrial organization and policy, dealing with two interconnected layers. The first concentrates on technological change at system level. This includes the determinants of formation, diffusion and transition of innovations with a focus on comparing trends in past and new technologies. It comprises the conditions of industry transformation in sustainable transitions and the reconversion of existing structures. This layer also comprehends comparisons of decarbonization strategies, from the energy supply (e.g.hydrogen economy) to demand (e.g.behavioral change, digitalization, dematerialization), and of transformative policies to foster climate mitigation.


The second theme focuses on corporate behavior and organizational change in climate action and sustainability. It includes the study of emerging practices in business (e.g. internal carbon pricing) and its impact on corporate’s operational and environmental performances and strategy.

Main publications

Bento N., Sousa C., Trindade P., Mamede R.P., Alves T. (2022), “Robust relation between public procurement for innovation and economic development,” Economics Letters (forthcoming). DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2021.110241.

Bento N., Gianfrate G., Aldy J. (2021), “National Climate Policies and Corporate Internal Carbon Pricing,” The Energy Journal 42(5): 87-98.

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.

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 SUS2TRANS - Sustainable Transformative Transitions: Conciliate Accelerated Low Carbon Transitions with System Transformations (PTDC/GES-AMB/0934/2020) funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT).

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

Research project and expert network EDITS - Energy Demand changes Induced by Technological and Social innovations project network, funded by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry

Research project M_CPInovP - Market for Innovation public procurement in Portugal, funded by the Portuguese National Innovation Agency (ANI)

Last update

30 de dezembro de 2021