Dr. Teresa Farinha

Researcher / Deputy Director of PhD Programme

Research group(s):
1. Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
2. Structural Change and Economic Development
3. Economic Complexity and Innovation
5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions

Teresa Farinha is a Researcher at United Nations University MERIT, focusing on the evolution of regional labor systems, impacts of automation and climate change, and the future of work. She is also the Deputy Director of the PhD Programme at UNU-MERIT. Teresa has a PhD in Evolutionary Economic Geography at Utrecht University, with a thesis on "The evolving geography of jobs: how relatedness shapes labour dynamics". She also has two degrees from the University of Lisboa - MSc in Financial and Monetary Economics and Undergrad in Economics - and work experience in audit, business consulting, risk analysis, governance, tutoring, and volunteer work for Portuguese NGOs on Fisheries & Marine Policy, and Circular Economy. 

Eager to apply her research skills to solve real problems, bridging science and policy, Teresa is passionate about how economic complex systems evolve, and how to use that knowledge to nurture inclusive economic prosperity. Her research interests: economic development, the future of work, ecology, sustainability transitions, pro-poor innovation, and policy impact evaluation.

Along her academic career, since 2009, Teresa has also organized conferences and workshops, coordinated research projects in innovation and policy impact evaluation - find more about her research projects - and done teaching and supervising, supported by DataCamp - join her DataCamp Classroom and explore the Job Space network.


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