Research Fellow Flavio Gazzani

Biography

Dr Flavio Gazzani is an economist specialized in renewable energy, environmental protection and climate change policy with an aim toward achieving sustainable development. He has a PhD in Environmental Economics (Murdoch University, Western Australia 2009) and worked as researcher in environmental management and energy economics at Murdoch University. He has 20 years academic and consultant experiences as working in environmental and sustainable energy management, both in Australia and Europe, particularly in the following areas: sustainable energy policy and programs, including energy efficiency, demand‑side management, environmental fiscal reform and applied econometric analysis, renewable energy and abatement of greenhouse gas emissions, government energy policy and planning across all energy forms, water management and governance.

His research areas are related to econometric models applied to climate change evaluation using Dynamic Integrated Climate Change Model (DICE), Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model for policy analysis and forecasting, estimating energy efficiency using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Stochastic Frontier Analysis (SFA), and discrete choice modeling for water and energy demand behaviour. During his working experience in Australia he has developed extensive knowledge on carbon taxation, assessing their greenhouse gas emissions reduction and fiscal impact of carbon tax of the primary energy sector.

He has served as an expert advisor and consultant on European Commission Energy Roadmap 2050, Government of Western Australia on sustainable water management and market-based instruments to manage chemical fertilizers, United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in assessing the economics impact of climate change in Mediterranean region and advisor on environmental fiscal reform for the Italian Government. He was also employed as senior researcher at the Stockholm Environmental Institute in Estonia, senior researcher at the University of Rome “Sapienza” in Italy as project team leader on several macroeconomic model development and fiscal reform for government agencies.

Flavio Gazzani is interested in assessing the relationship between economic growth and local community attitude towards environmental conservation using qualitative (focus group discussions and in-depth interviews) and quantitative (discrete choice modelling) data estimation to study the local communities’ perceptions of natural resources and the socio-economic variable that affect their decision towards specific project. Another important aspect he is interested is the development of environmental fiscal reform and assessing their macroeconomic impacts using applied econometric analysis.

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