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Joëlle Noailly is Associate Professor in Environmental Economics at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam and a Tinbergen Institute Research Fellow. She is also part-time senior Lecturer at the Department of International Economics, Geneva Graduate Institute. Joëlle holds a Ph.D.  in environmental economics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and worked previously for the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), the Dutch economic think-tank. 


Her academic research focuses on the broad topics of climate, energy, finance and innovation and her work has been published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and ManagementEnvironmental and Resource EconomicsNature EnergyEnergy Economics, among others.

She received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship from the European Commission in 2013 and has been awarded research grants from the Swiss Science Foundation, the Swiss Network of International Studies and the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. She is a fellow of the RWI Research Network, a knowledge partner of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, and a member of the Energy Committee of the Swiss Academic of Arts and Sciences.


Joelle's teaching activities cover the fields of environmental economics and policy and resource economics and development in the interdisciplinary and disciplinary Master and PhD programs, both at the Graduate Institute and at VU Amsterdam. 

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Academic qualification

Economics, PhD, Co-evolutionary modelling for sustainable development, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 31 Oct 2003

Economics, Master, M.Phil, Tinbergen Institute

Award Date: 30 Jun 2000

Environmental Economics, Master, University of Delaware

Award Date: 30 Jun 1999


  • H Social Sciences
  • Environmental policy
  • Technological change
  • Environmental economics

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