School of Earth and Environment

Marco Sakai Dr Marco Sakai

Research Fellow

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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


Marco is a CIE-MAP research fellow based at the Sustainability Research Institute and an associate researcher at the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP). He has more than twelve years of experience in research and economic analysis. He holds a BSc in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), as well as an MSc (distinction) and PhD (research excellence award) in Ecological Economics from the University of Leeds. He has worked as a macroeconomic analyst in the Mexican Ministry of Finance and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where he contributed to high-level policy reports. He has also worked as a researcher in the Stockholm Environment Institute in York and as a lecturer in UNAM. Marco's research mainly focuses on analysing the climate-development nexus, particularly assessing changes in consumption patterns and their effects in global development. His work in CIE-MAP involves macroeconomic modelling and scenario analysis, seeking to understand the wide economy implications of reducing energy and material use.

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BSc in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
MSc in Ecological Economics (distinction) from the University of Leeds
PhD in Ecological Economics (research excellence award) from the University of Leeds


Marco is an associate researcher in CCCEP and a research fellow in CIE-MAP. He is also a member of CASSE's speaker network (Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy).

Research Interests

Ecological economics, macroeconomics, economic development, climate change, international trade, econometric modelling, CGE modelling, multi-regional input-output analysis.

Teaching Interests

  • SOEE2610 Economics and Sustainability
  • SOEE3750 Sustainability Economics in Practice
  • SOEE5010M Research Methods


Conference papers

  • Sakai M; Afionis S; Scott K; Barrett J; Gouldson A (2016) INDCs and its implications for emissions embodied in trade, Berlin Conference on Transformative Global Climate Governance “après Paris”, 23-24 May 2016, Berlin, Germany.
  • Sakai M; Barrett J (2016) Border carbon adjustments: Addressing emissions embodied in trade, Energy Economics Iberian Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 4-5 February 2016, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Afionis S; Sakai M; Scott K; Barrett J; Gouldson A (2015) Consumption-based versus production-based approaches in international climate change policy, Global Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption Conference, 1-4 November 2015, Sitges, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Sakai M (2015) The labour and carbon footprints: Exploring the trade-offs, 11th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE 2015), 30 June to 3 July 2015, Leeds, UK.
  • Sakai M (2011) The other side of the coin: How might climate change mitigation in rich countries impact poorer nations?, World Resources Forum, 19 to 21 September, 2011, Davos, Switzerland.
  • Sakai M (2010) Workshop 10: Global Issues, The Steady-State Economy Conference , The Rose Bowl, Leeds, 19 June 2010.
  • Sakai M (2010) How reductions in consumption-induced emissions in the North would affect development in the South? Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy PhD Symposium, LSE, London, 15 September 2010.