12 May 2022

A Burgeoning Career in Environmental Economics and Policy

Martina Bozzola earned her PhD in International Economics from the Geneva Graduate Institute in 2014, specialising in Environmental Economics. Her research interests include environmental economics, agricultural economics, economics of climate change, development economics, and trade and environment.

“In my PhD thesis, I analyse how adaptation to climate change may be pursued through several different farmer-household based strategies (e.g. irrigation, crop insurance and crop choice)”, she said.

During her PhD studies, Martina was a research fellow at the Geneva Graduate Institute’s Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES), where she worked on two EU-Funded projects: FOODSECURE and ACQWA (Assessing Climate impact on the Quantity and quality of WAter). 

She then spent one year as a Max Weber Fellow at European University Institute, and almost three years as a Researcher for the Agricultural Economics & Policy Group at ETH Zürich. She has also worked as a visiting Lecturer in Environmental Economics at the University of Geneva. 

Her research and policy outreach have focused on climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainability and risk management in the agri-food sector. Martina has extensive experience in both research and field work in Europe and in Southern Africa.

Currently, she is a Senior Research Associate in Agricultural and Resource Economics at ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, and Senior Lecturer in Economics of Agriculture, Food and Health at Queen’s University Belfast, in the UK.

Martina is passionate about environmental economics and in finding ways to improve how research evidence can inform policy. For this, her recent work entailed interdisciplinary collaborations.


conducting a sustainability assessment in a cocoa producing region in Peru.

Martina conducting a sustainability assessment in a cocoa producing region in Peru.