As an economist at the French development agency AFD, Étienne Espagne is particularly interested in climate mitigation and adaptation policies in emerging and developing countries.
Étienne Espagne is an environmental and development economist. His research programmes focus on the socio-economic impacts of climate change and on adaptation and mitigation strategies implemented in emerging and developing countries, particularly in South-East Asia. This is the case, for example, with the GEMMES Vietnam programme and the Inequality Facility in the Lower Mekong Countries programme. More generally, Étienne Espagne’s work focuses on financial policies aimed at a low-carbon and resilient transition, which followed the signing of the Paris Agreement.
A doctor in environmental economics from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Étienne Espagne is also a graduate of the Mines ParisTech school and the Paris School of Economics. He has published in various academic journals on topics related to climate change and energy policies. He regularly teaches at the University of Paris 1, EHESS, École Polytechnique and ENSTA Paris. Before joining AFD in 2017, he worked for the Centre d’études prospectives et d’information internationale (CEPII), France Stratégie and the Centre international de recherche sur l’environnement et le développement (CIRED).