Maria Tomai

PhD fellow

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

Maria Tomai is a PhD Fellow at United Nations University (UNU-MERIT). Her research focuses on sustainability transitions in urban environments and the use of libertarian paternalism (nudge) strategies for behaviour change. She is particularly interested in how cities in developing countries could transit to a circular economy and what are the mechanisms that could trigger a shift to more sustainable processes and behaviour.

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 (MSWM) in European cities, analysing the challenges, solution designs and pathways for possible catch-up, taking Maastricht and Athens as case studies.

Maria is also a member of SITE4Society, co-organising local and international workshops on the SDGs, Circular Economy and other relevant topics.




Selected publications by Maria Tomai


UNU-MERIT