Department of Management, Society and Communication

Assistant professor

Room: DAL/2Ø.020

Maria Figueroa is Assistant Professor in Governance of Innovation for Climate and Sustainability. She is currently Post-Doc Fellow working on the Sustainability of Public Private Partnerships at the Department. She conducts research on comparative assessments of effectiveness of alternative policy instruments and organizational forms influencing innovation for climate and sustainability. She is interested in forms of government intervention that can favour social entrepreneurship in energy innovation particularly in the transport sector;  and also in the development of comparative analytical frameworks to strengthen knowledge building processes necessary to meet the challenges of a democratic transition to low carbon sustainable society.

She is involved in a number of large international studies dealing with global energy and climate challenges. She has been a Lead author to the Transport Chapter of the Fifth Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and worked as Convenient Lead Author in the Global Energy Assessment published by Cambridge 2012. She co-edited the book “A New Sustainability Agenda” published by Ashgate in 2010.

Primary research areas
  • Governance, Organizing models & policy conditions for Sustainability and deep Climate
  • Climate and Sustainability Knowledge Dissemination regimes at the institutional and firm level
  • Societal acceptance of Energy Transport Technology Innovation and Mobility Services
  • Socio-Technical change for Sustainable Energy in developing countries
  • Sustainability in Public Private Partnerships
Administrative tasks

Curriculum Vitae
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I currently supervise 2 PhD students

Other teaching activities

Selected publications
  • Figueroa, M; Lah, O; Fulton, L; Tiwari, G; McKinnon, A. (2014). Energy for Transport. Annual Review of Environmental and Resources. Accepted Forthcoming.
  • Figueroa M; Nielsen, T., Siren, A.(2014). Comparing Urban Correlations of the Travel Patterns of Older and Younger Adults. Accepted, Forthcoming, Journal Transport Policy
  • Figueroa, M; Fulton, L; Tiwari, G. (2013) Avoiding, Transforming, Transitioning: Pathways for Sustainable, Low Carbon Passenger Transport for Developing Countries. Journal Current Opinion for Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2013, pp 184-190
  • Figueroa M & Kahn-Ribeiro S. (2013). Energy use for road passenger transport and sustainable development: policies and goals interactions. Journal Current Opinion for Sustainability, Volume5, Issue 2, June 2013, pp 152-162
  • Figueroa, M.J.; Elling, B.; Erling, J., Aagard, K. (2010) “A New Sustainability Agenda: An Introduction” in “A New Sustainability Agenda”, Ashgate, London.
Publications & dissemination
Britta Gammelgaard; Christina Bech Godskesen Andersen; Maria J. Figueroa / Improving Urban Freight Governance and Stakeholder Management : A Social Systems Approach Combined with Relationship Platforms and Value Cocreation.
In: Research in Transportation Business and Management, Vol. 24, 9.2017, p. 17-25
Journal article
Maria J. Figueroa / Re-allocating Public Space : A Resource for Re-embedding Social/Environmental Justice Values into The Politics of the Common Good.
Abstract from 2017 Lund Conference on Earth System Governance, 2017, p. 34-35
Conference abstract for conference
Maria J. Figueroa / Sharing Space as Social Innovation Re-embedding Social Values into Public Space
Paper presented at 8th International Conference of the European Research Network on Philanthropy. ERNOP 2017, 2017
Maria J. Figueroa / Unlocking Lock-in Conditions for Social Change : Social Innovation in Sharing Public Space.
Abstract from SASE 29th Annual Conference 2017, 2017, p. 1
Conference abstract for conference
Shigeki Kobayashi; Lewis Fulton; Maria J. Figueroa / What can Transport Deliver? : Contrasting Scenario Pathways with New Technology Penetration.
Davis : University of California Press 2017, 25 p. (Institute of Transportation Studies: Working Paper, No. UCD-ITS-WP-17-02)
Working paper
Vladimir Hyánek; Jiri Navrátil; Klara Placier; Elizabeth E. Akinyi; Maria J. Figueroa; Begoña Alvarez Garcia; Noelia Sandres / Social Innovation in Consumer Protection in Alternative Financial Services
Brussels : European Commission 2016, 70 p. (ITSSOIN - Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation - Project Deliverables, No. 6.3)
Vladimir Hyánek; Jiří Navrátil; Klara Placier; Elizabeth E. Akinyi; Maria J. Figueroa; Begoña Alvarez Garcia; Noelia Salido-Andres; María José Sanzo-Perez; Luis I. Alvarez-Gonzales; Marta Rey-Garcia / Social Innovation in Consumer Protection in Finance
Brussels : European Commission 2016, 62 p. (ITSSOIN - Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation - Project Deliverables, No. 6.5)
Maria J. Figueroa; Caroline Greiffenberg; Elizabeth E. Akinyi; Anker Brink Lund; Christian Behrendt; Gorgi Krlev; Jiří Navrátil; Klara Placier; Francesca Cavola; Alex Turini; Giuila Cancellieri / Social Innovation in Environmental Sustainability
Brussels : European Commission 2016, 108 p. (ITSSOIN - Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation - Project Deliverables, No. 6.4)
Annette Bauer; Vadimir Hyánek; Maria J. Figueroa; Sarah Sandford; Dagmar Spalkova; Josephine Bardi; Caroline Greiffenberg / Social Innovation in Health Care
Brussels : European Commission 2016, 81 p. (ITSSOIN - Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation - Project Deliverables, No. 5.5)
Maria J. Figueroa; Caroline Tygstrup; Vladimir Hyánek; Jiri Navrátil; Stina Preuss; Martina Ferlisi; Alex Turrini / Field Description in Environmental Sustainability : Sustainability in Cities.
Brussels : European Commission 2015, 82 p. (ITSSOIN - Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation - Project Deliverables, No. 6.1 (Part 1))
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