5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions
Maria Tomai is a PhD Fellow at United Nations University-MERIT since September 2019. Her research focuses on sustainability transitions in urban environments and the potential of environmental education as a driver of sustainable behavioural change. She is particularly interested in how cities in developing countries could transit to a circular economy and what are the transition pathways that could bring the greatest environmental, economic and social benefits.
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.