Dr. Eva Bartekova

Affiliated researcher

Research group(s):
5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions

Eva Bartekova is an affiliated researcher at UNU-MERIT. She holds a PhD in Innovation, Economics and Governnance for Development from Maastricht University, a MSc in Finance from University of London, and a BA in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of natural resource governance, low carbon energy transition, and sustainable development. In particular, Eva's PhD dissertation examined the interconnections between climate change mitigation, energy technologies innovation, and mineral governance, in an attempt to uncover the coordination challenges within the decentralised bottom-up climate change mitigation architecture of the Paris Agreement (COP21). At present, her primary research revolves around circular economy, resource efficiency, and resource nexus perspectives, with special focus on policies, disruptive technologies, and new business models. Her latest publication examines the security of supply of technology metals used for manufacturing of low-carbon energy technologies from a resource nexus perspective.

Eva has carried out various projects spanning across academia, private sector, non-governmental and international organisations. She has contributed to the Social Challenges of Interdependencies between Energy Transition, Demand for Resources and Climate Change in a Global Perspective (GlobEn) project, which examined the challenges around cost-efficient energy supply while preserving environment and resources from an interdisciplinary perspective. She has also been involved in the Sino-European Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (SINCERE) project, co-authoring the comparative analysis on circular economy policies across China and Europe, and the co-evolution analysis of the eco-cement innovation trajectory. Outside academia, Eva has been responsible for the successful delivery of the project on circular economy opportunity for China and its cities at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, leading the qualitative and quantitative research work, and the stakeholder engagement. She has also consulted for the International Council on Mining and Metals, supporting ICMM to better understand and demonstrate the value of minerals and metals in tackling societal challenges. More recently, she has been involved in delivering circular economy strategy within the oil and gas sector at SystemIQ.

Eva is currently based at the OECD Environment Directorate, where she manages circular economy strategy development projects for the OECD member countries. She also supports the analytical work on environmnetal policy design and evalution within the RE-CIRCLE project, and is responsible for policy analysis investigating the role of digitalisation for the transition to a resource efficient and circular economy.

Selected publications by Eva Bartekova