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HIL seminar: behavioural methods for environmental economics

November 13th, 2014, Thursday,  at 2:00 p.m. in Palazzo Natta, Politecnico di Milano – Como Campus.

Behavioural methods for environmental economics

Giovanna d’Adda, Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano


Behavioral economics is increasingly used to inform public policy and foster socially desirable outcomes. The seminar gives a brief overview of the main behavioral drivers of individual decisions, and focuses specifically on applications to the energy sector. Lines for future research in the field are discussed, including the role of information, feedback, social norms, and leadership.

Short CV

Giovanna d’Adda obtained her PhD in Economics from Università Bocconi, with a thesis on the conservation of natural resources  in developing countries. Her research focuses on the effect of social norms, leadership and non-monetary incentives on individual behavior, more particularly in the field of ethics and environment protection. She has a collaboration with Politecnico di Milano in the context of COBHAM research project (The role of consumer behaviour and heterogeneity in the integrated assessment of energy and climate policies), led by Massimo Tavoni.

Strada 2.0 stakeholders meeting

The first meeting of the Strada 2.0 Project with the stakeholders took place in Bellinzona on October 29th, 2014. The meeting involved the environment and fishing sectors of the Lake Verbano and Lake Ceresio system.

The Strada 2.0 Project is a follow-up of the previous STRADA-Verbace Project, aimed to the realization of a online monitoring system of the effects of lake Maggiore and lake Lugano management.

SmartH2O general meeting

The first general meeting of the SmartH2O project took place in Reading (UK) on October 27th-29th, 2014.

The SmartH2O project aims to study, understand and modify water customers’ behaviors in order to achieve quantifiable water savings by raising their awareness and by designing and implementing monetary schemes, thus also improving the efficiency and business operations of water companies.