Marita Laukkanen is chief researcher and research leader at the VATT Institute for Economic Research and adjunct professor of economics at the University of Helsinki. Marita’s research field includes environmental and energy matters. In particular she has studied cost-effective instruments, evaluation of environmental policy and international environmental co-operation.
Marita’s ongoing research deals with the changes to the energy system required by the move to a low-carbon society, the effects of energy taxation and the functioning of international environmental agreements. Alongside her research work, Marita aims to promote dialogue between science and politics in energy and environmental matters.
Marita has been at VATT since 2010. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and has international work experience from the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei research centre in Italy, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Toulouse School of Economics. In 2016-2019 Marita was a member of the Finnish Climate Change Panel.