Camille Belmin


Research Interests :

  • Social Metabolism
  • Demography
  • Development
  • Gender aspects of energy
  • Micro-Simulation

I am a doctoral researcher at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and part of the Future Lab Social Metabolism and Impacts. I have a strong interest in studying human activities with a physical approach. My PhD topic focuses on the social metabolism of human demography. I am developing a Micro-Simulation Model to assess the impact of various scenarios of energy poverty reduction on population growth and on long term residential energy demand. I aim to help find scenarios where improved well-being (enhanced access to modern energy, women empowerment, improved health) and reduction of environmental impacts would be compatible.

My background is both environmental economics and biology. I have a Master's degree from AgroParisTech, the French leading Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences. I previously completed internships at CIRAD (International Center for Research on Agronomy and Development) on participative Agent-Based Modeling in Costa Rica, Montana State University in the USA on forest data analysis  and UNEP (United Nation Environment Programme) in Georgia on the management of protected area.

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Recent publications:

Belmin, C., Hoffmann, R., Pichler, PP. et al. Fertility transition powered by women’s access to electricity and modern cooking fuels. Nature Sustainability (2021).

Belmin, C., Hoffmann, R., Elkasabi, M., & Pichler, PP. (2022). LivWell: a sub-national database on the Living conditions of Women and their Well-being for 52 countries (Version v1) [Data set]. Zenodo.

Belmin, C. (2021). Introducing the energy-fertility nexus in population projections: can universal access to modern energy lead to energy savings? IIASA YSSP Report. Laxenburg, Austria: IIASA []



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