Ms Irene Maffini

Post:Research student (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
Other posts:Research Student (Sussex European Institute)
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Irene Maffini is a part-time PhD student at Sussex University (SPRU) and a part-time Independent Consultant helping cleantech SMEs to commercialise their technologies and grow, working with government institutions to assess innovative projects, and supporting development agencies setting up crowdfunding programmes. Her research and work interests include the role of crowdfunding to finance clean energy ventures/projects, and the role of the state in crowdfunding public private partnerships (PPPs) for sustainable development. 

Prior to her PhD, Irene spent seven years working across research, policy, finance and consulting in the field of clean technology commercialisation, incubation and investment, working on innovation programmes for the UK Government, the European Commission, the World Bank, the Swedish Energy Agency, Shell and GE. 


Irene holds a first-class honours MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College (UK) and a double degree in Business & Economics from Northeastern University (US) and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy).