UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


Lilia Caiado Coelho Beltrao Couto

Thesis title: Assessment of the Socioeconomic Impacts and Resource Management for Alternative Renewable Power Generation in Brazil

The main research goal is to assess the social and economic impacts of increasing the share of alternative renewable electricity sources in the electricity matrix in Brazil, throughout different scenarios. The research will be assessing technologies costs and impacts over the Brazilian economy including households at different income levels. For this purpose, macroeconomic modelling will be used having a CGE model as a method. Most of the country's potential to generate wind and solar power reside in the northeast region. It is the least developed area of Brazil, with harsh climatic conditions and droughts that hinder water and food access. Thus, the research will analyse impacts on water and food access, with a special focus on this region. This will be done through the Resource Nexus framework.


Lilia Caiado Lilia is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London. Lilia currently serves as a Chapter Scientist and Research assistant for the IPCC AR6 Mitigation report. The main research goal of Lilia’s PhD is to assess the socioeconomic impacts of investing in renewable electricity sources in Brazil. Lilia holds a B.Sc. in Economics and a Masters in Energy Planning from the Federal University of Rio the Janeiro. She started her career at the Brazilian Institute of Applied Economic Research. From 2014 to 2016 she worked as a consultant of the United Nations Environmental Program, and from 2015 to 2017 she was the coordinator for climate change, energy and sustainable finance of the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development. She represented the Brazilian business sector in the UN Climate Change Conferences COP 21 and 22. In 2017, Lilia was once more a research assistant at the Brazilian Institute of Applied Economic Research and a consultant at Vivid Economics London, performing analytical work in global projects about energy and GHG emissions regulations. She has also been a MIT Climate CoLab fellow for the 2017 Carbon Pricing Contest.