Research Assistant Needed: Impacts of Trade, Fiscal and Monetary Policy on Climate Change

Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and the Global Economic Governance Initiative are seeking a research assistant to work on a modeling project focused on climate change risks and their implications for financial stability, economic growth, and beyond. The project will deploy a System Dynamics – Agent Based model to simulate the role of green fiscal and monetary policies within the context of international trade and climate agreements (e.g., the TTIP agreement under discussion between the US and the EU). Additionally, the project will look at the role of climate stranded assets on systemic risk through the implementation of climate stress tests, VAR and network analysis to inform climate finance policies.

The research assistant will work closely with Dr. Irene Monasterolo and Prof. Kevin Gallagher, and will be part of an international research team involving research institutions in Italy, Switzerland, the UK, and international organizations and multilateral development banks such as InterAmerican Development Bank, the World Bank and the European Investment Bank.

Eligibility to apply: Applicants should hold (or be close to completion in) a Master’s degree in Statistics, Economics (with quantitative focus), Applied Mathematics, or Physics, with a background in data analysis, modeling, programming (skills in languages such as Matlab, Vensim, Python, R, etc.) and some understanding/interest into macro-economic and financial issues.

Affiliation: Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future/Global Economic Governance Initiative, Boston University, Boston (USA).

Time commitment:  Beginning in February or March of 2016, approximately 20 hours per week through August of 2016.

Job position description:

– Collaborative research work aimed at top-level publications and policy outlets in the framework of US and EU research projects on the topics of finance, climate policy and sustainability.
– Very strong motivation for output-oriented scientific research and teamwork in an international interdisciplinary environment.
– Short travels for presentations at international conferences and collaborations with partner institutions. 

Application procedure:

  1. send CV and letter expressing interest and relevant experience to irenemon@bu.edu
    (please name the file as LastName_2016__ModelingAssistant)
  1.   provide a reference letter (the letters should be submitted by the referee to irenemon@bu.edu)

For further information please contact Dr. Irene Monasterolo at irenemon@bu.edu or Prof. Kevin Gallagher at kpg@bu.edu.