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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Dr Sergey Kolesnikov is a Deputy Director and Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), Research Associate in the Department of Land Economy, and Postdoctoral Research Associate at Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge.

Sergey is an interdisciplinary scholar at the intersection of science, technology and innovation studies and public policy with a background in physical sciences and technology-based economic development. As a researcher, he is broadly interested in the interplay between public policy and the dynamics of knowledge production, learning, and innovation. At C-EENRG, he applies his multidisciplinary expertise in public policy analysis, patent analytics, scientometrics, physical sciences, and technology management to understand how energy, climate and innovation policies сan support and accelerate clean energy innovation and transition. Recently he has been involved in the EEIST project, analysing how decarbonisation policies, technological change and the impact of both on innovation and economic competitiveness are represented in energy-economy-climate models used to inform policy and investment decisions in the UK, EU, China, India and Brazil.

As the Deputy Director of C-EERNG, Sergey coordinates C-EENRG membership, communications, website, internal events, and community building. At the Department of Land Economy, he has been involved in lecturing, examinations and supervisions on the topics of climate, energy and innovation policy, sustainable development, and social science research methodologies both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is also a member of the Land Economy Green Impact team, recently helping the Department to achieve the Green Impact Platinum Award for 2021-22. At Trinity Hall, Sergey is a part of the Admissions team for Land Economy Tripos.

Sergey has a Doctoral degree in Chemical Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and a Master's degree in Public Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology. Before coming to Cambridge in 2019, he held various research and teaching positions with Arizona State University, MIPT and the Russian Academy of Sciences. He also worked as an academic relations manager in a technology-based economic development agency. As part of the team that developed a community of practice for science communicators in Russia, he was a recipient of two In2 SABRE awards, and several Gold Quill awards from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in 2015.

Dr Sergey  Kolesnikov

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