Ayse Nihal Yilmaz is a research assistant and PhD student in international economics, whose interest is on the intersection between international trade and clean energy transition. After having completed her M.A. in international economics (IHEID, 2020), she worked as an economist at the World Trade Organization Economic Research and Statistics Division, as a modeller for trade and climate change. Her work also focused on decarbonisation pathways, as well as trade and developmental impacts of clean energy transition. Her PhD research will focus on critical minerals and clean energy transition, from both trade and innovation economics perspective, exploring the crucial role of extraction, distribution, and innovation in critical minerals to enable a sustainable and equitable transition towards clean energy.