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Integrated 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. His academic background includes post-doctoral studies at Harvard Kennedy School (USA) and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis – IIASA (Austria).

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

Nuno’s research lies at the intersection of technological change, industrial dynamics and policies, focusing on two interconnected themes. The first theme focuses on innovation and diffusion, particularly on the role of technological substitution for sustainability transitions. This comprises the patterns and determinants of the formative phase, spatio-temporal diffusion and decline of innovations. The second theme focuses on the net-zero transition, particularly the strategies of actors and impacts in the field of energy and climate change. It includes the role of policies and voluntary practices (e.g., internal carbon pricing) in improving companies' environmental performance. It also includes the transformation of the economy associated with the shift towards consumption habits and lifestyles with low climate impact.

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).

EDITS (Energy Demand changes Induced by Technological and Social innovations) Project

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

Last update

23 de maio de 2023
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