Dr. Charlotte Sophia Bez

Postdoctoral Researcher

Charlotte Sophia Bez joined the FutureLab CERES as a postdoctoral fellow in Political Economy for Inclusive Wealth Governance in October 2022. Within the FutureLab, her work focuses on the political economy realities and barriers to transformation in selected industrializing countries. She is part of the "Climate and Development" group at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC).

Starting September 2024, she will be Fulbright Schumann and Joachim Herz scholar at the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School New York, where she will work with Ana Baptista and Yukyan Lam on just transition and environmental justice topics. 

In spring 2024, she has been visiting the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, as part of a cross-continental research grant by the Environment for Development Initiative.

Prior to joining PIK, Charlotte analyzed the political and economic obstacles to climate policy with a focus on acceptability and equity considerations. Besides her academic life, she has previously worked as a consultant for private and public entities.

She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy, a joint program with the UCA-University of Cote d’Azur, Nice, France. In the Summer of 2022, she was visiting scholar at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. Moreover, she is an associated researcher at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, the Bureau of Theoretical and Applied Economics (BETA), Strasbourg, France, and fellow at Bocconi Lab in European Studies (BLES), Milan, Italy.




Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


  • Just Transitions
  • Extractivism and labour markets
  • Acceptability of environmental policies
  • Green political backlash
  • Geography of the left behind

Bez, C., Bosetti, V., Colantone, I. and Zanardi, M., 2023. Exposure to international trade lowers green voting and worsens environmental attitudes. Nature Climate Change, pp.1-5. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-023-01789-z

Bez, C., Ash, M. and Boyce, J.K., 2024. Environmental inequality in industrial brownfields: Evidence from French municipalities. Ecological Economics217, p.108018.

  • A Political Backlash to Shifts in Coal Jobs? Lessons from Colombia
  • Just transitions and contested visions: Media discourse analyses in South Africa
  • Revenue recycling and fossil fuel subsidy reforms: A survey experiment in Colombia
  • The carbon content of jobs
  • The political consequences of toxic pollution in left-behind places
  • Narratives of coal and the impact of the JET-P