Gregor Semieniuk

SOAS University of London

I am a Lecturer in Economics at SOAS, University of London. Before joining SOAS, I was a Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) of the University of Sussex, working on the Horizon 2020 project DOLFINS - Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society. A Foreign Fulbright Fellow, I completed my PhD in economics at the New School for Social Research in New York City, where I conducted research on the INET-funded project Growth, Distribution and Stability.

My research focuses on the role of energy in economic activity. Through the lens of growth theory I examine the importance of energy in aggregate technical change using data for over hundred countries from 1950 onwards. One aim is to explain the energy intensity of economic growth with the constraints that countries’ sectoral structure, price structure, and trade patterns impose on their ability to pursue energy-efficient technical change. Through the lens of the economics of innovation, I analyze how heterogeneous sources of finance influence the direction of innovation in the renewable energy sector. Harnessing increasing availability of transaction-level data for powerplant financing, this research interrogates both how today’s financing decisions influence the path and pace of the energy transition, and the distributional consequences of finance directed towards renewable energy.

Another research field is to explain the characteristics of frequency distributions in economic indicators as arising from constraints imposed by structures at the macro-level. Applied to industrial economics, I analyze how economic theories of competition can account for the frequency distribution of US-American firm rates of return.

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