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Dr. Catarina Araya Cardoso

PhD, London School of Economics

Visiting lecturer at Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, Westminster Business School


•     PhD, Department of Geography, London School of Economics

•     MPhil, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

•     BA/MA, Department of Economics, Universidade Nova of Lisbon


Prior to joining Westminster Business School, I spent over 10 years working in energy policy, including roles in the Carbon Trust, WWF-UK and the European Commission and I use this experience in both my teaching and research. 

Membership of professional bodies

BIEE - British Institute of Energy Economics


I teach economics and energy policy at Westminster Business School, where I co-developed a new postgraduate module, Strategy and Policy: Energy and Sustainability. I was also the module leader for Behavioural Economics and this term I will start teaching Business Decision Making as well as continue teaching energy policy.


My research focuses on electricity demand and I am particularly interested in the transformational effects of smart technologies in the energy landscape. My previous research has been informed by institutional economics, environmental economics and public policy. More recently, I have started looking at how behavioural economics can help us understand businesses’ energy consumption.