Galina Alova

Geography and the Environment (2018)


galina alova

Galina is working with Dr Ben Caldecott of the Sustainable Finance Programme and Professor Cameron Hepburn of Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment towards her DPhil degree, focusing on the transition of incumbent electricity companies to renewable energy and away from fossil fuel-based power generation. She has a strong interest in employing quantitative methods and, in particular, machine leaning techniques in her research.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Galina worked at the OECD in Paris on the issues at the nexus of climate change, natural resource management and development policies. She focused on environment-related development finance, the low-emission transition of the extractive sector, and mainstreaming biodiversity into national and sector policies.

Her experience also includes working in the Government of Namibia, advising the Minister and Permanent Secretary of Industrialisation and Trade in such areas as import restrictions, electricity tariffs for industrial consumers, and key performance indicators for state-owned enterprises. She started her career as an economist at the UK Department for Communities and Local Government and in the Chief Economic Adviser’s Office at the Scottish Government.

Galina holds an MPhil in spatial economics and urban planning from the University of Cambridge, with distinction for her dissertation on housing poverty in Ecuador, which involved a field study in the squatter settlements of Quito.  Prior to the MPhil, she completed an MA in Economics at the University of Glasgow, with Honours of the First Class, several academic awards and the highest result in her undergraduate cohort.