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. Since 2017, he also holds a collaborative appointment as Associate Professor in the field of Macroeconomics and Business Globalization at the Viseu Regional Center at Universidade Católica Portuguesa.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

His research is at the intersection of technology, industrial organization and policy, focusing on two interconnected themes. The first one 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.

Link to DINÂMIA'CET-IUL identifying mission:

This research on the factors that accelerate the diffusion of innovations fits the action lines of DC as the dissemination of new technologies plays an important role in the socioeconomic change, which is a central theme in the work of this Research Unit. On the other hand, the focus on the new low carbon technologies is inscribed in the research priorities of the DC Research Group on Innovation and Labour. In this way, my research will help this Research Group to achieve its objectives in terms of advancing the understanding of ways of reconciling innovation-driven growth with sustainable development. The multidisciplinarity of DC, in turn, will enrich our research on the multiple economic and social repercussions of the increasing interconnectivity.

Bento, N., Fontes, M. (2019), “Emergence of Floating Offshore Wind Energy: Technology and Industry,” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 99: 66-82.

Main publications

Bento N., Gianfrate G., Groppo S.V. (2018), “Do Crowdfunding Returns Reward Risks? Evidences from Cleantech Projects,” Technological Forecasting & Social Change.

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.

Bento N., Wilson C. (2016), “Measuring the duration of formative phases for energy technologies”, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 21: 95–112.

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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