Galina Alova

DPhil Candidate, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment


Galina is based at the Sustainable Finance Programme of the Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, currently completing her DPhil degree. Her research focuses on the transition of the global electricity sector towards renewable energy and away from fossil-fuel-based power generation. In her work, she applies machine-learning-based techniques.

Previously at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Galina led work on the extractive sector's decarbonisation as well as on green development finance and natural capital management.

Galina’s experience also includes the role of an economic advisor to the Minister and Permanent Secretary of Industrialisation and Trade in Namibia. She started her career as an economist in the UK and Scottish Governments.

Galina holds an MPhil in spatial economics and urban planning from the University of Cambridge and MA in economics from the University of Glasgow.


  • Energy
  • Climate change
  • Policy
  • ESG
  • Decarbonisation
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable finance
  • Stranded assets

Media experience

Galina has extensive experience of working with major media, with her research over the last year alone covered by over 100 news outlets, radio programmes and podcasts, including amongst others The Guardian, BBC News, BBC World Service, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Forbes and Reuters.


English, Russian, Estonian