Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Research Fellow



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Dr Chiara Candelise is an experienced energy economist and policy specialist. Her research interests:

  • Energy economics and policy
  • Techno-economic analysis of energy technologies, in particular solar
  • Distributed generation and grid integration
  • Energy access and rural electrification
  • Community energy
  • Crowdfunding

Interested in cross disciplinary research in the field and with a forward looking interest into sustainability transitions and large scale changes in socio-economic and technical systems.

Leading expert on techno-economic, market and policy analysis of solar technologies.

Track record on community energy and shared ownership approaches in the energy transition.

Leading expert on crowdfunding as innovative and alternative finance tool and its application to the energy sector.

In her background work experience as economist at both private and public institutions, including the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).



  • PhD Energy, Imperial College London, UK
  • MSc Economics, University College London, UK
  • BSc Economics, Bocconi University, Italy (4 year MSc equivalent degree)


  • 2014-to date: Research Fellow, GREEN (Centre for research in Geography, Resources, Environment, Energy and Networks), Bocconi University
  • 2018 - 2019: Research Fellow, OEET (Turin Centre of Emerging Economies), Turin University
  • 2014: Founder and CEO, Ecomill, equity crowdfunding platform with a focus on energy
  • 2013-to date: Research Fellow, Imperial Centre for Energy Policy and Technology. Imperial College London
  • 2011 - 2012: Research Associate, Imperial Centre for Energy Policy and Technology. Imperial College London
  • 2009 - 2011: Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh. PV Supergen Consortium – PV Materials for the 21st century
  • 2003 – 2005: Defra (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs), London, UK.  Environment Policy and Economics division: Air quality, Chemicals and Pesticides Branch and Climate Change Branch,
  • 2000 -2001: Caboto Holding SIM, Asset management firm, Research Department, Milan, Italy
  • 2001: Erculea Resine S.p.a., Medium size firm producing plastic pipes, Cosenza, Italy
  • 2000: UNDP (United Nationl Development Program), Karakol, Kyrghystan

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Wierling A, Schwanitz VJ, Zeiss JP, et al., 2023, A Europe-wide inventory of citizen-led energy action with data from 29 countries and over 10000 initiatives, Scientific Data, Vol:10, ISSN:2052-4463, Pages:1-8

Few S, Barton J, Sandwell P, et al., 2022, Electricity demand in populations gaining access: Impact of rurality and climatic conditions, and implications for microgrid design, Energy for Sustainable Development, Vol:66, ISSN:0973-0826, Pages:151-164

Candelise C, Saccone D, Vallino E, 2021, An empirical assessment of the effects of electricity access on food security, World Development, Vol:141, ISSN:0305-750X, Pages:1-14

Few S, Djapic P, Strbac G, et al., 2020, Assessing local costs and impacts of distributed solar PV using high resolution data from across Great Britain, Renewable Energy, Vol:162, ISSN:0960-1481, Pages:1140-1150

Candelise C, Westacott P, 2017, Can integration of PV within UK electricity network be improved? A GIS based assessment of storage, Energy Policy, Vol:109, ISSN:0301-4215, Pages:694-703

Candelise C, Winskel M, Gross R, 2013, The dynamics of solar PV costs and prices as a challenge for technology forecasting, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol:26, Pages:96-107

Candelise C, Winskel M, Gross R, 2012, Implications for CdTe and CIGS technologies production costs of indium and tellurium scarcity, Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, Vol:20, Pages:816-831


Candelise C, Ruggieri G, 2022, The Community Energy sector in Italy: historical perspective and recent evolution, Renewable Energy Communities and the Low Carbon Energy Transition in Europe, Editor(s): Coenen, Hoppe, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN:9783030844394


Candelise C, 2018, Crowdfunding as a novel financial tool for district heating projects, "Crowdfunding as a novel financial tool for district heating projects" study under H2020 project TEMPO (Temperature Optimisation for Low Temperature District Heating across Europe)., Brussels

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