UCL Energy Institute

Dr Elsa Barazza

Dr Elsa Barazza

Research Associate

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Aug 2017

Research summary

Dr Elsa Barazza is a Research Associate at UCL's Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER), in the Energy Systems group. Elsa's work focuses on agent-based modelling of the energy transition to support a sustainable move to a low-carbon economy, and on socio-governance aspects of the low-carbon transition.

During her PhD at the UCL Energy Institute Elsa created an agent-based model of electricity investments and operations called BRAIN-Energy (Bounded-Rationality Agents INvestment model): https://www.ucl.ac.uk/energy-models/models/brain-energy


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2019
University of Bath
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2006
Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi di Milano
First Degree, Bachelor of Economics | 2005


Dr Elsa Barazza is an energy economist. Her work focuses on energy-economic modelling and energy policy, and her research interests include the energy sector decarbonisation, and modelling low-carbon transition pathways for the European electricity sector. Her focus is on agent-based modelling, and on including socio-institutional aspects, evolutionary and behavioural economics in energy models.

Elsa has an undergraduate degree in economics from Universita’ L. Bocconi in Milan (Italy) and an MSc in Economics from the University of Bath. Before starting her doctorate, she spent many years working in the financial industry in London, working as a credit analyst on commodity derivatives clients first at BNP Paribas then at Jefferies.

Elsa started her PhD in Energy and Economics at UCL Energy Institute in 2014 and completed it in December 2018. Her PhD research focused on agent-based modelling of the UK, German and Italian electricity sectors.

Elsa started working as a Research Associate at UCL Energy Institute in November 2018.