Marisa Beck is a postdoctoral fellow with the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa. She completed her PhD in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (University of Waterloo), where she held a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. In 2014-15, she was a Visiting Researcher at the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Marisa also holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics, and a graduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim in Germany. Before coming to Canada in 2012 for her PhD, Marisa worked as an analyst for global carbon markets with a leading research and information provider for carbon and clean energy markets in London, UK. Marisa’s research focuses on the politics and processes of evidence-based decision-making in climate and energy policy. She is particularly interested in two interrelated topics: (1) the ethical and political aspects of economic analysis of policies and regulations fostering the low-carbon transition; (2) more broadly, the production of evidence supporting decision-making by both public policy-makers and private actors in the transition toward a low-carbon economy.


  • Beck, Marisa, Nicholas Rivers, and Randall Wigle. “How do learning externalities influence the evaluation of Ontario’s Renewables Support?” Energy Policy. doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.02.012
  • Beck, Marisa. “Telling stories with models and making policy with stories: an exploration.” Climate Policy. doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2017.1404439
  • Beck, Marisa and Tobias Krueger. “The epistemic, ethical, and political dimensions of uncertainty in integrated assessment modelling.” WIREs Climate Change 7, no. 5, 627-645 doi:10.1002/wcc.413.
  • Beck, Marisa, Nicholas Rivers, and Hidemichi Yonezawa. “A Rural Myth? Sources and Implications of the Perceived Unfairness of Carbon Taxes in Rural Communities.” Ecological Economics 124, April 2016, 124-134. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.01.017
  • Beck, Marisa, Nicholas Rivers, Randall Wigle, and Hidemichi Yonezawa. “Carbon Tax and Revenue Recycling: Impacts on Households in British Columbia.” Resource and Energy Economics 41, August 2015, 40-69. doi:10.1016/j.reseneeco.2015.04.005