Research team

Members of the TPI team at the Grantham Research Institute, LSE.

Rhoda Byrne

Rhoda joined the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) in 2018 and currently leads the research work on the aviation and shipping sectors. She holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation, with distinction, from London School of Economics. Rhoda also has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to joining the TPI team, she worked in the not-for-profit sector, in a variety of consulting and management roles. Rhoda’s background is in professional services. She is a qualified chartered accountant and spent ten years working in a Big Four firm in management consulting and advisory services.

Simon Dietz

Professor Simon Dietz is the research lead for TPI at LSE. He is Professor of Environmental Policy in the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and the Department of Geography and Environment. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Martin School and a Research Associate of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University, a CESifo Research Network Fellow, a Principal consultant at Vivid Economics, co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Glen Gostlow

Glen is a Research Assistant for the Transition Pathway Initiative and a PhD student in Environmental Policy where his focus is on environmental risk and asset pricing. He has previously worked in the investment management industry and in other research roles related to the environment. He holds a First Class MA in Economics & Geography from the University of Glasgow, where he was awarded the Economics Dissertation Prize, and a MSc in Environmental Economics & Climate Change from the LSE. 

Valentin Julius Jahn

Valentin is a Research Assistant for the Transition Pathway carrying out research and analysis on carbon intensive industry sectors and working on industry carbon assessment methodologies. Previously he has worked at a health consultancy in Germany and an investment bank in Peru. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics from Bayreuth and a MSc in Climate Change, Management and Finance from Imperial College.

Michal Nachmany

Michal leads the work on the Grantham Research Institute’s structured datasets and tools. She has been project managing the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) since 2018 and leading the Grantham Research Institute’s Climate Change Laws of the World project since 2013. Michal holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. She also has an MA (cum laude) in Energy Policy and Management from the University of Haifa, and an LLB in Law as well as an MBA (specialising in finance) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Until 2011, Michal worked at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research. Prior to that, Michal headed competitive intelligence projects for multinational companies in the private sector.

Jolien Noels

Jolien is a researcher for the Transition Pathway Initiative. She mainly works on the development of sectoral methodologies and the analysis of companies’ emissions pathway. Before joining the TPI, she completed an MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change at the London School of Economics as well as an MA in Applied Economics with a major in Finance from the University of Antwerp. Jolien has researched on topics related to market concentration, urban economics and finance.

Dan Gardiner

Dan is an Analyst for the Transition Pathway Initiative who helped developed the methodology to assess the carbon performance of the oil and gas sector. He also works as an equity analyst at Edison Investment research where he specialises in technology and sustainability topics and has experience as a sell-side analyst at numerous firms including Deutsche Bank and Arete. He holds a First Class MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial.