In 2015 I was awarded with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship of the European Commission within the European research framework Horizon 2020. There are two types of this individual fellowship: European Fellowships (all research period conducted in Europe), and Global Fellowships (between 1-2 years outside Europe and 1 year inside). I applied for the latter, and already spent 1.5 years in Harvard (USA). In January 2018 started the return phase of the METRES project, so I am going to spend 1 year in my return host, ENT Environment and Management in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona), a SME policy-oriented consultancy specialized in environmental taxation.
My first task in my new post has been preparing the technical and financial reports for the European Commission for this 1.5 years period. With this duty all set, I have been able to move forward, and start this second phase of the project with a literature review of environmental taxes in Spain, with the aim of assessing different real tax scenarios with the models developed in Harvard. Another task I will start with in February is trying to keep improving the models. I am going to keep you posted on my progress in this blog.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships are a good opportunity for young researchers who want to boost their careers, improving their research skills and cv, gaining experience abroad and meeting new interesting people. My experience so far is good. I had the opportunity to do research at a top University, and spend 18 months in the US. Regarding my research, I learnt a lot from top economists and had the opportunity to publish some of my research in important peer-reviewed Journals.
Beyond the usual academic stuff, I experienced many other “unusual” things. Among the many experiences I had there: I could meet a lot of people with many different backgrounds from around the world (I can tell more than 15 different countries!); attend a Nobel Prize reception; have a lunch with the European Commissioner of Research, Science and Innovation; meet the former and the current president of Catalonia and work at the same study table of one of the Barack Obama’s daughters.