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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 also holds appointments as Head of Research of the Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES) and Lecturer in the Department of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. 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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Economics, PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Economics, Master, Tinbergen Institute

Environmental Economics, Master, University of Delaware


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

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The impact of green innovation on energy intensity: An empirical analysis for 14 industrial sectors in OECD countries

Wurlod, J. D. & Noailly, J., 1 Mar 2018, In : Energy Economics. 71, p. 47-61 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Innovation, Diffusion, Growth and the Environment: Taking Stock and Charting New Directions

    Sarr, M. & Noailly, J., 1 Mar 2017, In : Environmental and Resource Economics. 66, 3, p. 393-407 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

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  • Knowledge spillovers from renewable energy technologies: Lessons from patent citations

    Noailly, J. & Shestalova, V., 1 Mar 2017, In : Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 22, p. 1-14 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Directing technical change from fossil-fuel to renewable energy innovation: An application using firm-level patent data

    Noailly, J. & Smeets, R., 1 Jul 2015, In : Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 72, p. 15-37 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Multinational firms and the internationalization of green R&D: A review of the evidence and policy implications

    Noailly, J. & Ryfisch, D., 1 Aug 2015, In : Energy Policy. 83, p. 218-228 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review