Maria Tomai

PhD fellow

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

Maria Tomai is a PhD Fellow at United Nations University-MERIT since September 2019. In her PhD thesis, she addresses the issue of circular economy transitions in developing-world cities as a pathway towards sustainable development, studying the case of the capital city Accra, in Ghana. She follows a transdisciplinary research approach, employing participatory scenario planning and system dynamics modelling, along with systems thinking and socio-technical transitions theories.

Her research interests also lie in the field of environmental education as a driver of sustainable behavioural change. More specifically, she explores the impact of a grassroots experiment on sustainability education in Ghana (the Green Schools Academy) on school students’ attitudes and behaviour towards circular economy activities.

Maria holds a MSc. in Global Innovation Economics from the Maastricht University in the Netherlands and a BSc. in Business Administration from the Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece. Her masters' dissertation was on the topic of Municipal Solid Waste Management in European cities, analysing the challenges, solution designs and pathways for possible catch-up, taking Maastricht and Athens as case studies.

She is also a member of SITE4Society, coordinating local and international workshops, training and action research on sustainable development challenges.

Selected publications by Maria Tomai