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Marta Vicarelli


Fall 2015:
  • MDP Bootcamp - Economics and Statistics
Fall 2016:
  • MDP Bootcamp - Economics and Statistics
PSIA Program: Master in Development Practice (one-year)


Marta Vicarelli is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on the risks and the socio-economic impacts of climate variability and climate change, as well as on the design of vulnerability-reduction instruments, such as weather-indexed insurance programs.

From 2004 to 2010, she worked as research fellow at the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies investigating observed impacts and responses to climate change. She is contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, Working Group II, on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. She is the recipient of the Peccei Fellowship (2007) awarded by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna for her work on integrating inter-annual climate variability forecasts into weather-indexed crop insurance. In 2009 she was awarded the Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowship by the Harvard University Sustainability Science Program; the award came with the invitation to work as Fellow at the Harvard University’s Center for International Development from 2009 to 2011. She joined Yale University as a postdoctoral fellow in 2011 until 2013 investigating the consequences of child exposure to severe weather shocks in early life (i.e. in utero and in the first years of life) on long-term health, cognitive development and educational attainment.

She holds a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, a Master of Environmental Economics from the École Polytechnique, as well as a Master of International Affairs and a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University.




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