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

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Bartekova, Eva & Thomas Ziesemer, 2019, Impact of electricity prices on foreign direct investment: Evidence from the European Union, Applied Economics, 51(1): 1183-1198
Kemp, René, Eva Bartekova & Serdar Turkeli, 2017, The Innovation Trajectory of Eco-Cement in the Netherlands, International Economics and Economic Policy, 14(3): 409-429, DOI: 10.1007/s10368-017-0384-4, More information
McDowall, Will, Yong Geng, Beijia Huang, Eva Bartekova, Raimund Bleischwitz, Serdar Turkeli, René Kemp & Teresa Domenech, 2017, Circular Economy Policies in China and Europe, Journal of Industrial Ecology, 21(3): 651-661, DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12597, More information
Kemp, René, Eva Bartekova & Serdar Turkeli, 2017, The innovation trajectory of eco-cement in the Netherlands: a co-evolution analysis, International Economics and Economic Policy, 14(3): 409-429, DOI: 10.1007/s10368-017-0384-4, More information
Bartekova, Eva & René Kemp, 2016, National strategies for securing a stable supply of rare earths in different world regions, Resources Policy, 49: 153-164, DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2016.05.003, More information

Book chapters
Bartekova, Eva, 2015, The Role of Rare Earth Supply Risk in Low-Carbon Technology Innovation, in: Ismar Borges de Lima, Walter Leal Filho (eds), Rare Earths Industry: Technological, Economic and Environmental Implications, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-802328-0.00010-3, More information

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Bartekova, Eva & René Kemp, 2016, Critical raw material strategies in different world regions, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-005
Bartekova, Eva & Thomas Ziesemer, 2015, Impact of electricity prices on foreign direct investment: Evidence from the European Union, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2015-021
Bartekova, Eva, 2014, An introduction to the economics of rare earths, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2014-043

Conference contributions
Bartekova, Eva, 2014, The Role of Rare Earths Supply Risk in Low Carbon Technologies Innovation, ERES 2014 - First European Rare Earth Resources Conference, 4-7 September 2014, Milos - Greece, More information

Bartekova, Eva, 2016, Multi-Problem Challenges for a Renewable Future: Empirical Studies on Competitive Disadvantages from Electricity Price Differentials and Mineral Supply Risk in an Open Economy World, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University