Doctoral Researcher

Luis Zamarioli is researching how financial solutions may affect positively and negatively countries that are already vulnerable to climate risks. This study complements Luis’ work at the FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre, and builds on over 6 years of experience in implementing projects, providing policy advice and researching climate and sustainability-related topics. The research starts with a cornerstone study that seeks to better define the scope of art. 2.1(c) of the PA; a second and more empirical assessment builds on case studies for two types of climate-vulnerable developing countries; and a final part seeks to advance theoretically the linkages between the global financial system, climate physical risks and socio-economic impacts in climate vulnerable countries.

Before embarking on the doctoral path, Luis managed a UK-led ODA project in low-carbon innovation in Brazil, conceived and implemented a training in green finance for the British diplomacy and implemented a GCF-readiness project that devised a financial architecture for Burkina Faso. He represented the United Kingdom as environment and clean energy delegate to the OECD and the IEA, including as member of the UK mission to COP-21 in Paris. He consulted for the African Development Bank on financial innovative instruments in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since starting at FS-UNEP, where he currently works as a researcher and project manager, his key focus has been the research and policy advice on GCF, also including loss & damage and centrally the climate-consistency of finance flows and the greening of the financial system.

Luis holds a BA of Laws from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and an MPhil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable finance
  • Climate justice
  • Climate and financial governance

Selected Publications

Zamarioli, L.; Pauw, P; Chenet, H; König, M. (accepted by Nature Climate Change). The climate consistency goal and the transformation of global finance

Zamarioli, L.; Pauw, P; Grüning (2020). Country ownership as the means for paradigm shift: the case of the Green Climate Fund. Sustainability, 12 (4). Open access:

Zamarioli, L. H. et al. (2021). ‘The climate consistency goal and the transformation of global finance’, Nature Climate Change, 11, pp. 578–583. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-021-01083-w.

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