Elena Pierard

Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Geography and the Environment

Supervisors: Professor Gordon L. Clark and Dr Aoife Brophy

Anticipating sustainability transitions: how energy majors engage with cleaner technologies

Academic Profile

Elena is a DPhil student at the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment. With a background in politics and organisational theory, her research focuses on how organisations decide to adapt to fit in emerging climate change economies.

At Oxford, Elena has worked as a Research Assistant on projects on oil and gas decarbonisation under Prof. Tom Hale and has supported GOTO sessions for the MBA program as Teaching Assistant under Dr Aoife Haney at Saïd Business School. Previously she also worked on projects on water infrastructure financing at the Smith School.

She holds a BA in Politics from El Colegio de Mexico, and an MSc in Environmental Governance from the University of Oxford.

Prior to Oxford, Elena worked as Head of Department of Oil and Gas Policy at the Ministry of Energy in Mexico, where she led the design and selection of Oil and Gas Environmental Moratoria Areas, published by presidential decree in 2016. She has also worked on climate change policies both at a federal and local level.

Her interests lie in the intersection of government and business in natural resources, climate change and environmental policies.

Elena Pierard
Research Clusters
Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment