School of Earth and Environment

Lina Brand Correa

Postgraduate Researcher

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Room: 9.123c

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I am currently studying the general topic of energy, social and economic systems. I am particularly interested in understanding how energy is related to society and the economy, with a special focus on human well-being. In this sense, concepts such as exergy, useful work, Energy Return on Energy Invested (EROI), energy services on one hand, and economic growth, development, human wellbeing, human needs on the other, are especially relevant for me.


  • (2014) MSc in Ecological Economics (with Distinction), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
  • (2010) BA in Economics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin, Colombia.


  • Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) - PhD Student Member
  • European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) - Student Member

Research Interests

Exergy, useful work, economic growth, energy policy, EROI, energy services, development, human wellbeing.

Support duties

I have been a demonstrator/teaching assistant/seminar leader on the following courses:

  • SOEE2610 (UG): Economics and Sustainability.
  • SOEE3750 (UG): Sustainability Economics in Practice.
  • SOEE5010 (MSc): Research Methods.
  • SOEE5582 (MSc): Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics.
  • SOEE5094 (MSc): Introduction to Ecological Economics

Project details

Project title

"Following the 'golden thread': exploring the energy dependency of economies and human well-being"


Dr Julia Steinberger

Dr Julia Martin-Ortega

Prof Timothy Foxon


Colciencias - Colombian Administrative Department of Science Technology & Innovation

Start date

1 February 2015

Project outline

My PhD project is divided into two main components.

  • Analysing the EROI of a national economy, i.e. how much direct and indirect energy is required to "produce" primary energy. This is done using a Multi-Regional Input-Output methodology.
  • Analising the relationship between energy services and human needs. This component is further divided into three stages: a conceptual framework, quantitative household-level analysis and qualitative community-level analysis.