Maria Figueroa

Assistant Professor

Room: DAL/2Ø.035

Tel:+4538154462

E-mail: mfi.msc@cbs.dk

Maria Figueroa is Assistant Professor in Governance of Innovation for Climate and Sustainability. She is currently Post-Doc Fellow working on the Sustainability of Public Private Partnerships at the Department. She conducts research on comparative assessments of effectiveness of alternative policy instruments and organizational forms influencing innovation for climate and sustainability. She is interested in forms of government intervention that can favour social entrepreneurship in energy innovation particularly in the transport sector;  and also in the development of comparative analytical frameworks to strengthen knowledge building processes necessary to meet the challenges of a democratic transition to low carbon sustainable society.

She is involved in a number of large international studies dealing with global energy and climate challenges. She has been a Lead author to the Transport Chapter of the Fifth Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and worked as Convenient Lead Author in the Global Energy Assessment published by Cambridge 2012. She co-edited the book “A New Sustainability Agenda” published by Ashgate in 2010.

P R I M A R Y  R E S E A R C H  A R E A S


  • Governance, Organizing models & policy conditions for Sustainability and deep Climate
  • Climate and Sustainability Knowledge Dissemination regimes at the institutional and firm level
  • Societal acceptance of Energy Transport Technology Innovation and Mobility Services
  • Socio-Technical change for Sustainable Energy in developing countries
  • Sustainability in Public Private Partnerships




S E L E C T E D P U B L I C A T I O N S


  • Nielsen, K., Stern, P., Dietz, T., Gilligan, J., Detlef P. van Vuuren, Figueroa, M., Folke, C., Gwozdz, W., Ivanova, D., Reisch, L., Vandenbergh, M., Wolske, K., Wood, R. (2020) Improving Climate Change Mitigation Analysis: A Framework for Examining Feasibility Journal One Earth, DOI: 10.1016/j.oneear.2020.08.007 https://www.journals.elsevier.com/one-earth
  • Figueroa, M., Nielsen, K. (2020- forthcoming) Shared Mobility, a systematic review- Journal Environmental Research Letters
  • Figueroa, M., Köberle, A., Villamizar, A., Blanco, G., Cruz-Núñez, X., Keesler, D., Flores, C., Schaeffer, R., Gomez, J. (2020-forthcoming) ”Comparing Conditions Shaping Mitigation Pathways across Latin America. Journal Climate Policy
  • Figueroa, M. and Lah, O. (2019) “What do we know about human dimensions of sustainable energy for transport?” chapter in: Human Dimensions of Sustainable Energy; Lopez, M; Antunes, C., Janda, K.eds. Routledge
  • *Figueroa M. (2019) A practical take on Business Sustainability. Book Review in, Boganmeldelse for Effektivitet, Nr.1, 2019 www.effektivitet.dk
  • Figueroa M, Jiri Navratil, J., Turrini, A., and Krlev,G.(2018) “Social Innovation in Environmental Sustainability: Promoting Sharing Public Spaces for Bicycle Use” Chapter 7 in Social Innovation Comparative Perspectives, Edited by Anheier,H., Krlev, G., Mildenberger, G, Routledge 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RN
  • Lairet, R., Morón, V., Rebolledo, R., Rodríguez, D., Sánchez, J.C., Figueroa, M. (2018). Mitigación al Cambio Climático en Venezuela. [Climate Change Mitigation in Venezuela] In: Primer Reporte Académico de Cambio Climático 2018: Contribución de los Grupos de Trabajo I, II y III al Primer Reporte Académico de Cambio Climático (PRACC) de la Secretaría Académica de Cambio Climático (SACC) de la Academia de Ciencias Físicas, Matemáticas y Naturales (ACFIMAN) de Venezuela”. Edited by Villamizar, A., E. Buroz Castillo, R. Lairet Centeno, & J. Gómez. Ediciones Acfiman – Citeci, Caracas. 486pp. ISBN DC2018000406.
  • Gammelgaard, B., Andersen, C., Figueroa, M. (2017) Improving urban freight governance and stakeholder management: A social systems approach combined with relationship platforms and value co-creation. Journal of Research in Transportation, Business & Management, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rtbm.2017.07.005 (listed in JCI Impact Factor 0.77)
  • Kobayashi, S., Fulton, L., Figueroa, M. (2017) What Can Transport Deliver? Contrasting Scenario Pathways with New Technology Penetration. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California Davis, Working Paper UCD-ITS-WP-17-02
  • Figueroa, M.; Greiffenberg, C.; Akinyi, E.; Brink, A.; Behrendt, C.; Krlev,G.; Navrátil, J.; Placier, K.; Cavola, F., Turini, A.; Cancellieri, G. (2016). Social Innovation in Environmental Sustainability. Deliverable 6.4 of the project: “Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation” (ITSSOIN), European Commission – 7th Framework Programme, Brussels: European Commission, DG Research. www.ITSSOIN.eu
  • Bauer, A.; Hyanek, V.; Figueroa, M.; Sandford, S.; Spalkova, D.; Bardi, J.; Greiffenberg, C. (2016), Social innovation in health care: The recovery approach in mental health. Deliverable 5.5 of the project: “Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation” (ITSSOIN), European Commission – 7th Framework Programme, Brussels: European Commission, DG Research.
  • Sims, R., Schaeffer, R., Creutzig, F., Cruz‐Núñez, X., D’Agosto, M., Dimitriu, D., Figueroa, M., Fulton, L., Kobayashi, S., Lah, O., McKinnon, A., Newman, P., Ouyang, M., Schauer, J.J., Sperling, D., Tiwari, G. (2014). Transport in Climate Change Working Group III contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report, Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) in: Climate Change 2014- Mitigation of Climate Change, 5th Assessment Report. Working Group III. Cambridge University Press.




C O M M U N I C A T I O N


2019 Maria Figueroa / A Practical Take on Business Sustainability
In: Effektivitet, No. 1, 2019, p. 15-17 Book review




S U P E R V I S I O N


I currently supervise 2 PhD students.




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I N  T H E  M E D I A


2018 Fire veje til halvanden grad 12/10/2018 // Ingeniøren // Jens Ramskov Danske Jens er blandt verdens førende klimaforskere: Der er altid nogen, som vil overbevise mig om, at det er forkert 07/10/2018 // DR.dk International opgave: CBS-lektor skal rådgive ledere om klima 02/06/2018 // djøfbladet Debat: Klimaopråbets medunderskrivere 12/05/2018 // Politiken Maria Figueroa is going to advise world leaders about climate change 27/03/2018 // Cbswire.dk 2014 Klimaekspert: Danmark kan gøre mere på transportområdet 14/04/2014 // Radio24syv Nyheder 17.00 Bilerne kan punktere alle klimaplaner 14/04/2014 // Politiken // Ellen Ø. Andersen





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