Dr. Marta Vicarelli’s research focuses on the risks and the socio-economic impacts of climate variability and climate change, as well as on the design of vulnerability-reduction instruments, such as weather-indexed insurance programs. As a postdoctoral fellow at the YCEI, Marta investigated the consequences of child exposure to severe weather shocks in early life (i.e. in utero and in the first years of life). In particular she studied the impacts of weather-induced harvest-losses in rural areas of developing countries on long-term health, cognitive development and educational attainment of children exposed in early life through the channel of malnutrition (reduced food consumption and changes in diet composition).
From 2004 to 2010, Marta worked as research fellow at the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies investigating observed impacts and responses to climate change. She is contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, Working Group II, on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. She is the recipient of the Peccei Fellowship (2007) awarded by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna for her work on integrating inter-annual climate variability forecasts into weather-indexed crop insurance. In 2009 she was awarded the Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowship by the Harvard University Sustainability Science Program; the award came with the invitation to work as Fellow at the Harvard University’s Center for International Development from 2009 to 2011.
She holds a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, a Master of Environmental Economics from the École Polytechnique, as well as a Master of International Affairs and a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University.
Marta is currently Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.