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Dr Benedict Probst

Dr Benedict Probst

C-EENRG Fellow

Associate, Aurora Energy Research


Clean technology development & diffusion

Energy economics

Climate policy


Benedict Probst is an Associate at Aurora Energy Research and a Fellow at the Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG) at the University of Cambridge. He passed his PhD on the economics of the clean energy transition at the University of Cambridge in October 2019.

His background is in energy economics and development finance, with degrees from Cambridge (MPhil), the London School of Economics (MSc) and the Rotterdam School of Management & Erasmus School of Economics (BSc). He also has extensive coding experience, primarily in R, QGIS and SQL.

Benedict spent several years living and working in low- and middle-income countries, including Paraguay, Brazil and South Africa and speaks fluent German, English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

His op-eds have appeared in a number of newspapers, including the Conversation UK & France, the Swiss Handelszeitung and the German Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Benedict has won multiple awards, including the Best Overall Performance Award at LSE and the Best PhD Research Prize from the Department of Land Economy.


  • R statistical language and GIS
  • Economics

Key Publications



Probst, B, BenYishay, A., Kontoleon, A., dos Reis, T. (2020) Impacts of a large-scale titling initiative on deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, Nature Sustainability

Probst, B., Holcroft, R., Huenteler, J., Balabanya, A., Tipping, A., Robinson, P. (2020) Attracting Private Solutions and Participation in the Power Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa: Findings from a Survey of Investors and Financiers. Policy Research Working Paper No. 9299. World Bank, Washington, DC.

Probst, B., Anatolitis, V., Kontoleon, A., Anadon., L. D. (2020). The short-term costs and benefits of local content requirements: Evidence from the Indian solar auctions. Nature Energy

Probst, B., Westermann, L., Kontoleon, A., Anadon., L. D. (2020).  Leveraging private investment to expand renewable power generation: Evidence on financial additionality and productivity gains from Uganda. Revise & Resubmit at World Development

Probst, B., Dechezleprêtre, A., (2020). Renewable energy policy, local content requirements, and technology transfer: Evidence from South Africa. Revise & Resubmit at World Development


Working Papers

Probst, B., Kontoleon, A., Anadon., L. D. (2020). Linking public R&D funding, scientific publications and technological applications to study the clean energy transition – a scientometric and patent-based approach

Probst, B., Kontoleon, A., Anadon., L. D. Dechezleprêtre, A. (2020). Open access increases the likelihood of patenting advances for the energy transition

Probst, B., Dechezleprêtre, A., Kontoleon, A., Anadon., L. D. (2020). What are the main determinants of diffusion speed between academic research and industrial application? Evidence from four clean-energy technologies


Reports (selection):

Probst, B. (2020) Mobilizing private capital for grid-connected renewable power in developing countries – Lessons learnt, KfW Development Bank Financial Cooperation Evaluation