FEEM conducts research on a wide range of climate change and sustainability, energy and economic issues. The starting point of FEEM research is the realization of the high level of complexity of the problems emerging in the global economy, and more particularly the need to foster awareness on the interaction between the firm and the environment, the economy and energy scenarios, corporate and cultural responsibility.

In particular, FEEM aims at promoting innovative research across the various dimensions of the global environmental and energy challenges in order to improve the analysis of the economics and policies of mitigation and adaptation to climate change and build up a strategic socio-economic analysis of the energy policies needed to support the transition to a low-carbon and more sustainable world. This objective is pursued through a multidisciplinary approach to scientific research on sustainability and to the study of the human and social dimension of economic progress and civilization.

Along these lines, in 2012 FEEM has consolidated its research activities around the three research programmes on:

  • "Climate Change and Sustainable Development"
  • "Energy: Resources and Markets"
  • "Economy and Society".
  • Research programmes and related activities follow the strategic guidelines stated in FEEM’s mission. Ongoing research is thus rigorous, fact-based, interdisciplinary, and international in terms of the composition of research teams and topics addressed.

    FEEM’s research staff includes experienced international research leaders with key responsibility in the design and implementation of projects, senior and junior residential researchers working in the offices of Milan, Venice, and Viggiano, and research associates, typically affiliated to a university or to other research institutions and involved in specific projects.

    In 2012, FEEM carried out 42 research projects, 34 of which financed by the European Commission or third parties. Related activities included the organization of 83 scientific conferences and workshops, 57 scientific seminars and 2 summer schools. Overall, these events attracted over 5,000 attendees. In 2012, FEEM published 100 working papers in the “Note di Lavoro” series, three thematic issues of the journal on sustainable development “Equilibri”, and 51 articles on the e-journal covering the areas of environmental and energy economics and policy, the “Review of Environment, Energy and Economics”, Re3. Finally, in late 2012 FEEM has launched a new website on iTunes University, expanding its presence on the web.