5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions
Iulia Falcan is a Doctoral Fellow at United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) and Maastricht University.
Her PhD research looks at the transition towards a low-carbon energy system. More specifically, she is interested in how energy storage technologies and a developed power grid infrastructure can contribute to a carbon-free energy system. As renewable energy technologies (particularly solar and wind power) are subject to weather patterns and can be unpredictable, storage technologies can compensate for the intermittency in renewable power and thus reduce the need for reliance on fossil fuels.
Her broad research interests lie in areas such as environmental economics, the transition towards environmental sustainability and innovation in green technologies.
Iulia is also involved is the UNU Jargon Buster App project, which aims to help further and clarify cross-interdisciplinary academic and policy dialogues for all parties involved - be they graduate students, international organisations or the wider public.
She holds a BSc in International Economics from the Academy of Economics, Bucharest, including an exchange year at Montpellier University. She obtained an MSc in Economics of Innovation from Strasbourg University, including one year as a visiting student at SPRU, Sussex University.
Prior to joining UNU-MERIT, Iulia was a research assistant at Strasbourg University and Sussex Energy Group and worked on the economics of nuclear energy. She has also worked as a program assistant for a medical technology innovation project, funded by the French Health Ministry (within Alsace e-santé).