Mary Sanford
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Mary Sanford

Mary is a postdoctoral researcher at the EIEE. She obtained her Ph.D. in social data science from the University of Oxford in 2023. Her thesis is comprised of interdisciplinary case studies examining psychological, political, and social dynamics impacting environmental activism and policy. During her Ph.D., she also worked as a consultant for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, collaborating with researchers from Bocconi University on analyses of industrial sustainability.

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Mary Sanford

Mary is a postdoctoral researcher at the RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE) in Milan, Italy. Her research interests lie at the intersection of social science, data science, and environmental politics. She combines qualitative and quantitative methods to analyse complex issues related to the advancement of environmental activism and policy. At the EIEE, she works on the EU Horizon CAPABLE project, investigating public acceptability of environmental policy, the role of political actors, and assessments of approaches to citizen engagement. She is interested in developing conversations around the carbon footprint of academic research, specifically big data science methods.


Mary completed her Ph.D. at the University of Oxford in 2023, funded by the UKRI's Economic and Social Research Council. In 2021-2022, she worked for the Science, Technology, and Innovation Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She earned an MSc in Computational Social Science from Oxford in 2018 and a Bachelors in Cognitive Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017.

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