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University of Exeter Business School

Dr Alessandro Silvestri

Dr Alessandro Silvestri

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


 Xfi Building F21


Xfi Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4ST, UK


Alessandro joined LEEP in March 2023 to work on the stakeholder engagement for the development of a decision support tool within the Net Zero Plus project. He previously worked as a Junior Researcher at the Basque Centre for Climate change (BC3) in Spain on low carbon mobility transition and consumer policy and as a research assistant at the International Centre for Climate Governance (ICCG) in Venice.

He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of the Basque country, a MSc in Spatial transport and environmental economics from the VU Amsterdam University and a BSc. In Business economics from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

Administrative responsibilities

Co-design and facilitate a programme of group discussions, interviews and surveys with partners to elicit needs and priorities for the Net Zero Plus project 


  • PhD. in Economics

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Research interests

  • Energy transition  
  • Behavioural economics
  • Climate change economics

Alessandro’s research interests involve exploring the role of social and behavioural factors influencing decision making within the energy transition domain and the reaching of net zero objective.

Research projects

Net Zero Plus: The NetZeroPlus (NZ+) project will play a critical role in supporting the UK Government commitment to achieving ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Of the Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) options available, increasing the carbon stored in the UK’s treescapes– including forests, woodlands and hedgerows, soils and in timber products – has the greatest potential, the lowest cost, and can be started immediately. NetZeroPlus will examine all aspects of forestry to identify both The Right Tree in the Right Place and The Right Places for the Right Trees.

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Journal articles

Silvestri A, Foudi S, Galarraga I (2022). How to get commuters out of private cars? Exploring the role of perceived social impacts in mode choice in five European countries. ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE, 92 Author URL.
Silvestri A, Foudi S, Galarraga I, Ansuategi A (2021). The contribution of carsharing to low carbon mobility: Complementarity and substitution with other modes. RESEARCH IN TRANSPORTATION ECONOMICS, 85 Author URL.
Galarraga I, Kallbekken S, Silvestri A (2020). Consumer purchases of energy-efficient cars: How different labelling schemes could affect consumer response to price changes. ENERGY POLICY, 137 Author URL.

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