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Dr Maria Franco Gavonel

Dr Maria Franco Gavonel

Post Doctoral Research Associate


 01392 725892

 Amory C255


Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK


Maria is an economist currently working as a Post Doctoral Research Associate as part of two projects: Migration, Transformation, and Sustainability (MISTY) and Linking Climate Change, Habitability and Social Tipping Points (HABITABLE). Within these, she works on the theoretical and empirical relationships between migration and sustainability, which includes assessing and explaining the existence of social tipping points. As part of her current research, she also examines the links between migration and human capital, where adaptation plays a key role mediating these two. 

Broad Research Specialisms

Sustainable development economics


PhD in International Development – University of Oxford (UK)   

MSc in Development Economics and Policy – University of Manchester (UK)

Bachelor (Licenciado) in Economics – Universidad del Pacifico (Lima, Peru)


Maria has worked at the Young Lives study (University of Oxford), Save the Children, the World Bank, and the Research Centre of the Universidad del Pacifico, among others.


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Research interests

Migration, human capital, sustainability

Research projects

Migration, Transformation, and Sustainability (MISTY)

Linking Climate Change, Habitability and Social Tipping Points (HABITABLE)

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