Alina Averchenkova is Senior Research Fellow at the Elcano Royal Institute, and Distinguished Policy Fellow (Lead, Governance and Legislation) at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE. She holds a BSc in Geography from Moscow State University, and an MSc and a PhD in Economics and International Development from the University of Bath, focused on factors of effectiveness of international climate change regime.
She has fourteen years of experience in climate policy and international development. Prior to KPMG, she has worked for a carbon-asset manager, First Climate (Zurich), and before that, as a Programme Officer at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, she supported international negotiations on post-2012 climate change regime. Her professional experience also includes work for the Environmental Defence Fund in Washington, DC, focusing on climate policy in economies in transition; for Metroeconomica Ltd on resource abundance and economic growth, and for the Bureau of Economic Analysis, on climate policy in Russia.
She has extensive experience in providing advisory and capacity building services to governments, UN organisations and private sector, and in facilitating interministerial and multi-stakeholder dialogues on climate change.
Research areas: design of the international climate change regime; low emission development strategies in developing countries; climate finance; and subnational action around low carbon and green growth.
Selected publications: A. Averchenkova, S. Fankhauser & M. Nachmany (eds), Trends in climate change legislation (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017). ‘The design of an independent expert advisory mechanism under the European Climate Law: What are the options?’ (with L. Lázaro-Touza, Elcano Royal Institute, 2020); Legislating for a low carbon transition in Europe: experiences in the UK, France and Spain (with L. Lázaro-Touza, Working Paper 5/2020, Elcano Royal Institute, 2020); ‘Legislating for a low carbon and climate resilient transition: learning from international experiences’ (Elcano Policy Paper, Elcano Royal Institute, 2019), 10 years of the UK Climate Change Act (with S. Fankhauser & J.J. Finnegan, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, 2018).
- COP27 side event “Climate governance towards Net Zero and resilience: strengthening cooperation between Latin America and Spain in the current context” (2022)