Mariia Belaia

Mariia Belaia

HEEP Postdoctoral Affliliate
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)

Mariia Belaia is a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Her faculty advisor is David W. Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at SEAS and Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Mariia is an environmental economist, who researches climate change and environmental policy. She largely focuses on the integrated assessment modelling (IAM) of climate and economy and the associated estimations of the social cost of carbon, but she is also interested in the cultural traits of national climate policies. In her PhD dissertation, Mariia analyzed the role of risk aversion for near-term policy in view of the low-probability high-impact risk of the collapse of Thermohaline circulation. In addition, she explored the key role that adaptation plays for the welfare of South Asia as it faces changes in the Indian Summer Monsoon rainfall under global warming. At Harvard, Mariia conducts critical analyses of global climate policy that recognize the full universe of instruments available to limit global climate risk, including mitigation, adaptation, solar geoengineering, and carbon dioxide removal.

She holds a PhD in Business, Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Hamburg (Germany) and the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling, an Erasmus Mundus Joint M.Sc. Degree in Optimization of Complex Systems and M.Sc. in Industrial Mathematics from the University of L’Aquila (Italy) and the University of Hamburg (Germany); and a Specialist degree in Mathematics from Petrozavodsk State University (Russia).

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