Carolyn Cole

Carolyn Cole

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Carolyn Cole is a Research Scientist in VTT's Quantitative Science and Technology Studies team under the Foresight and Data Economy research area. Her research focuses on the private sector's interaction with sustainability and social responsibility, with special attention to the role of public funding and policy mechanisms. Her work involves quantitative foresight methods and large language models for quantitative research.

Prior to VTT, Carolyn's work covered sustainable finance and ESG reporting intiatives with a focus on EU regulation. She has previously worked on antitrust economics at NERA Economic Consulting, where she designed and implemented predictive and inferential models for federal competition policy cases. Carolyn holds an MSc in Social Policy and Social Research and a BA in Economics & Mathematics. Her master's research investigated the relationship between fuel poverty and domestic carbon emissions in the UK. Carolyn's current research interests cross topics of innovation, technology, social and environmental sustainability, and new economic paradigms.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Social Policy and Social Research (Quantitative), University College London


Award Date: 1 Dec 2021

Bachelor of Arts, Economics/Mathematics, Reed College


Award Date: 15 May 2017

Skills and expertise

  • Data Analysis
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Econometrics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Policy Analysis
  • Social Research
  • Social Policy
  • Sustainable Finance Regulation
  • ESG Reporting
  • Strategic Foresight
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Fuel Poverty
  • R
  • Stata
  • Python
  • SQL


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