Prof. Marie Briguglio

Prof. Marie Briguglio

Economist, Writer, Academic 

Professor Marie Briguglio is an academic at the Department of Economics, University of Malta (UM), author of over 70 peer-reviewed publications ( Her work deals with market failure spanning the economics of the environment, arts, culture, housing and wellbeing.

Marie presently leads the Malta Wellbeing INDEX project ( and the Malta research team in a pan-European project on ecosystems-based fisheries ( and several collaborative public-sector research projects. She has secured numerous research grants including two Horizon grants, with a combined worth of over 10 million euros. She also won the UM research excellence grant.

Marie is also an award-winning book author and television writer,  honoured with the STEM Engaged Researcher Award, the World Intellectual Property Award for Creativity, the Malta Innovation Award, and several Broadcasting awards. She also won the National Book Prize for her book No Man’s Land. People, Place & Pollution  (

An experienced public speaker, Marie has delivered over a hundred and fifty keynote speeches, conference presentations, and public talks – to diverse audiences including local communities, enterprises, the Parliament of Malta, the European Commission, Commonwealth nations and the Holy See.

Prior to returning to academia, Marie led a 15-year career in the public sector, serving as a senior manager at the Environmental Resources Authority among others. She represented Malta as the UNFCCC focal point and UNECE focal point, at the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Environmental Agency - prior and post EU accession.

Marie read for a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an Honours Degree in Economics in Malta, a Master of Science in Environmental and Resources Economics at University College London and a PhD in Economics at Stirling University, the latter investigating pro-environmental behaviour, politics, psychology and price.

Marie lives with her husband and daughter in a 400-year-old farmhouse in Malta.

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