Dr Marie Briguglio

Dr Marie Briguglio

Dr Marie Briguglio


Senior Lecturer

Room 302
Humanities B (FEMA)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3481
Dr. Marie Briguglio is a resident academic at the University of Malta (Department of Economics), lecturing in Environmental Economics, Behavioural Economics and Economics of Social Policy. She holds a PhD in Economics (Stirling), a MSc in Environmental and Resource Economics (London, Distinction), and a BA Honours in Economics (Malta, 1st Class). Prior to joining the University of Malta in 2011, Marie served for 15 years as a visiting lecturer. During this time she held various senior positions in the public sector, working extensively with the EU commission and serving as Malta's National Focal point to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Marie's main research interests include the economics of wellbeing, market failure, the circular economy, environmental cooperation and cultural participation, on which topics she has published over 40 peer reviewed articles and chapters. Marie has served as the University of Malta's Principal Investigator on numerous funded research projects including EU's Horizon 2020 projects and several collaborations with public sector organisations. She recently won the University of Malta's Research Excellence grant.

Marie also represents the Department of Economics on FEMA's Doctoral Committee and Research Committee. She sits on the University of Malta's Research Ethics Committee and the Committee for Sustainability. She is also an affiliated member of the University College Dublin Geary Institute for Public Policy, a Council Member of the Malta Chamber of Scientists, a member of the Board of Advisors of the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society and a Member of the Advisory Board for the Society for the Advancement of Behavioural Economics.

Marie has also written and produced an extensive body of screen-work focusing on socio-economic, political and environmental issues. She has won several broadcasting awards, the National Book Prize (literary non-fiction), the World Intellectual Property Organsiation's award for creativity as well as several other honours and distinctions.

She is highly active in community outreach activities with over 100 conference presentations, public-talks and community events, including keynote addresses, and over 100 print-media articles or broadcast services covering her research.
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Economics of Wellbeing
  • Cultural Economics

BRIGUGLIO, M., 2020. Economics, end-games & engagement. Societas Expert, 2, pp. 33-35.

BRIGUGLIO, M., ACCHIARDO, C., MATEER, D. and GEERLING, W., 2020. Behavioral economics in film: Insights for educators. Journal of Behavioural Economics and Policy, 4(1), pp. 17-28.

BRIGUGLIO, M., CAMILLERI, G. and VELLA, M., 2020. Artists, audiences and wellbeing: An economic analysis. International Journal of Wellbeing, 10(4),.

BRIGUGLIO, M., GARCIA-MU\NOZ, T. and NEUMAN, S., 2020. Environmental engagement, religion and spirituality in the context of secularization. Environmental Research Letters, 15(10), pp. 104098.

BRIGUGLIO, M. and MONCADA, S., 2020. Malta, COVID-19. University of Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, University of Prince Edward Island Institute of Island Studies and Island Innovation, pp. 1-6.

CAMILLERI, J., SPITERI, J. and BRIGUGLIO, M., 2020. Decoupling CO2 Emissions and Economic Development in Small States Handbook of Governance in Small States. In: L. BRIGUGLIO, J. BYRON, S. MONCADA and W. VEENENDAAL, eds, Routledge, pp. 195-211.

BATRANCEA, LARISSA AND NICHITA, ANCA AND OLSEN, JEROME AND KOGLER, CHRISTOPH AND KIRCHLER, ERICH AND HOELZL, ERIK AND WEISS, AVI AND TORGLER, BENNO AND FOOKEN, JONAS AND FULLER, JOANNE AND OTHERS, 2019. Trust and power as determinants of tax compliance across 44 nations. Journal of Economic Psychology, 74, pp. 102191.

BRIGUGLIO, M., 2019. Wellbeing: An Economics Perspective. Perspectives on Wellbeing. Brill Sense, pp. 145-157.

HOUSTON, J., BRIGUGLIO, M., CASAZZA, E. and SPITERI, J., 2019. Stakeholder views report: enablers and barriers to a circular economy. The R2π Project Consortium.

MONCADA, S., BAMBRICK, H. and BRIGUGLIO, M., 2019. The health impacts of a community biogas facility in an informal Urban settlement: does training matter? Journal of Development Effectiveness, 11(2), pp. 189-202.

BRIGUGLIO, M. and BONELLO, S., 2018. No man’s land: People, place and pollution. Birkirkara, Malta: Kite Group.

BRIGUGLIO, M. and SPITERI, J., 2018. Behavioural economics and small states: A focus on social preferences. In: L. BRIGUGLIO, ed, Handbook of small states: Economics social and environmental issues. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 363-385.

BRIGUGLIO, M. and SULTANA, A., 2018. Man cannot live by bread alone: Cultural participation and life-satisfaction in Malta. Journal of Mediterranean Studies, [Special Issue] Capitalizing on Culture?: Malta and the European Capital of Culture., 10000(1), pp. 15-36.

BRIGUGLIO, M., 2018. Museums, markets and eudaimonia: economic insights for museums
 . In: J. PAGEL, M. MAAS and L. AND ROSENBERG, eds, Museums Out of the Box, the Cross-over impact of Museums. Network of European Museum Organisations, pp. 3-11.

BRIGUGLIO, M., CORDINA, G. and MONCADA, S., 2018. A primer on building successful business environments on islands 
 . In: FOREIGN AFFAIRS OFFICE OF HAINAN PROVINCE, P.R. CHINA and INSTITUTE OF ISLAND STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, CANADA, eds, The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Islands Economic Cooperation Forum Annual Report on Global Islands. Island Studies Press at UPEI, pp. 171-189.

MONCADA, S., SPITERI, J. and BRIGUGLIO, M., 2018. Environmental economics: special considerations for small states. In: L. BRIGUGLIO, ed, Handbook of small states: Economics social and environmental issues. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 493-516.

SPITERI, J. and BRIGUGLIO, M., 2018. Does good governance foster trust in government? An empirical analysis

 . In: P. MARANO and S. GRIMA, eds, Governance and Regulations’ Contemporary Issues. Bingley, UK: Emerald, pp. 121-138.

BRIGUGLIO, M.,FORMOSA, G., 2017. When households go solar: Determinants of uptake of a photovoltaic scheme and policy insights. Energy Policy, , pp. JEPO9279.

BRIGUGLIO, M., 2017. Cultural Participation: Small population - Big variation. In: ARTS COUNCIL MALTA, ed, Perspectives of Cultural Participation in Malta. Birkirkara, Malta.: Arts Council Malta, pp. 11-30.

BRIGUGLIO, M. and DEBATTISTA, A., 2017. Mapping the outcomes of a school-based cultural programme. City, Culture and Society, (11), pp. 39-49.

BRIGUGLIO, M., DELANEY, L. and WOOD, A., 2017. Partisanship, priming and participation in public-good schemes. European Journal of Political Economy, .

CORTIS, D. and BRIGUGLIO, M., 2017. A Public (Mis)interpretation of Brazil's World Cup Performance. The International Journal of Sport and Society, 7, pp. 25-33.

BRIGUGLIO, M., 2016. Household cooperation in waste management: initial conditions and intervention. Journal of Economic Surveys, 30(3), pp. 497-525.

BRIGUGLIO, M., 2016. Cultural participation in MALTA: the who, the how and the why. On culture: Mapping Valletta. Valletta: Midsea, pp. 1-17.

BRIGUGLIO, M., DELANEY, L. and WOOD, A., 2016. Voluntary recycling despite disincentives. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 59(10), pp. 1751-1774.

BRIGUGLIO, M., 2016. Household cooperation in waste management: initial conditions and intervention. Journal of Economic Surveys, 30(3), pp. 497-525.

BAMBRICK, H., MONCADA, S. and BRIGUGLIO, M., 2015. Climate change and health vulnerability in informal urban settlements in the Ethiopian Rift Valley. Environmental Research Letters, 10(5), pp. 054014.

BRIGUGLIO, M., 2015. Towards research on wellbeing in Malta. In: PRESIDENT`S FOUNDATION FOR THE WELLBEING OF SOCIETY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS, UNIVERSITY OF MALTA, ed, The Determinants of Wellbeing, Insights from Research and Implications for Malta. President´s Palace, San Anton, Attard, Malta.: The President´s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, Dept. Of Economics of the University of Malta, pp. 52-61.

BRIGUGLIO, M. and SULTANA, A., 2015. The effect of the Maltese festa on well-being: an economic analysis, with a focus on youth participation. In: A. AZZOPARDI, ed, Young People and the "Festa" in MALTA. Qrendi, Malta: Best Print, pp. 51-73.

BRIGUGLIO, M., 2014. Decizjonijiet Finanzjarji Sostenibbli. Sustainable Financial Decisions]. In: J. MIZZI, ed, Kors ta' Kana: Manwal għall-Koppji Mexxejja, [Kana courses. A manual for lead couples]. Zabbar, Malta: Cana Movement, pp. 61-68.

BRIGUGLIO, M. and MONCADA, S., 2014. Environmental challenges in Malta. In: S. AMARAL, M. BRIGUGLIO, E. TEZZA, M. GALE DE OLIVEIRA, M. KENNET and D. SALMON, eds, The greening of the Mediterranean. Oxford, England: The Green Economics Institute, pp. 52-57.

BRIGUGLIO, L. and BRIGUGLIO, M., 2002. Sustainable tourism in small islands: The case of Malta. In: DI CASTRO, F. & BALAJI,V., ed, Tourism, biodiversity and information. Leiden, The Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers, pp. 169-184.

BRIGUGLIO, L., BRIGUGLIO, M., BORG, S., CORDINA, G., PACE, P. and PORTELLI, R., 2002. Malta National Report submitted by the Government of Malta to the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

MALLIA, A., BRIGUGLIO, M. and GAUCI, V., 2002. Environmental planning, management and sustainability. Valletta, Malta: Ministry for Home Affairs and Environment.

BRIGUGLIO, L., BRIGUGLIO, M., CALLUS, J., GAUCI, V., LANFRANCO, S., MALLIA, A., MERCIECA, K., MIFSUD,P.,MIFSUD,S. and MIZZI, S., 2001. Environment and sustainable development in Malta. Valletta, Malta: Ministry for the Environment Malta.

BRIGUGLIO, M., 2001. Environmental implications. In: UHM and EUROPADVISE, eds, Malta EU relations: Exploring the options. Valletta, Malta.: UHM, pp. Chapter 6.

BRIGUGLIO, M. and GAUCI, J., 2001. Public attitude survey topic paper. Floriana, Malta: Malta Planning Authority.


BRIGUGLIO, M., 2000. European Union environmental legislation: Impact on Maltese society with particular reference to workers and their families. In: GENERAL WORKERS UNION, ed, Bid to join the EU. Valletta, Malta: General Workers Union, .

BRIGUGLIO, M., & MERCIECA, K., 1998. Solid waste management policy in the EU and the Euromed process: Some reflections on the way forward for Malta. In: P.G. XUEREB, ed, Malta, the European Union and the Mediterranean: Closer relations in the wider context. Msida, Malta: University of Malta, European Documentation and Research Centre, pp. 275-304.

MALLIA, A., BRIGUGLIO, M., ELLUL, A.E. and FORMOSA, S., 1998. Population, tourism, land-use and non-renewable resources. Valletta, Malta: Ministry for Home Affairs and the Environment, Malta.

BRIGUGLIO, M., 1997. Environmental economics and the role of economic instruments in marine and coastal environmental management. In: V. AXIAK, ed, Marine pollution in Malta: The problem and its management. Valletta, Malta: Malta Council for Science and Technology, pp. 150-160.

BRIGUGLIO, M. and BRIGUGLIO, L., 1997. Economic aspects of waste management in small island states. Bank of Valletta Review, Spring, pp. 13-46.

BRIGUGLIO, L. and BRIGUGLIO, M., 1996. Sustainable tourism in the Maltese islands. In: BRIGUGLIO, L. BUTLER, R. HARRISON, D. FILHO,W.L., ed, Sustainable tourism in islands and small states: case studies. London: Pinter, pp. 162-179.

BRIGUGLIO, M., 1994. Pricing for water scarcity in the Maltese islands, University College London.

BRIGUGLIO, M., 1992. Alternative specifications of the consumption function for the Maltese economy, Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy.

  • DBS2201 - Campaigning for Rights on an Equal Basis with Others
  • ECN2141 - Economics of Environmental Policy
  • ECN2214 - Behavioural Economics and Policy
  • ECN2216 - Economics of Social Policy
  • ECN4205 - Applied Economic Research
  • IOT5004 - Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  • SWB1001 - Foundations of Social Wellbeing
  • YTH5038 - Sustainability and Community Development
Awards and Honours
1. National Book Prize, First Prize in Non-Fiction category with “No Man’s Land, People Place and Pollution” published by Kite, January 2020
2. Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary Foundation) for furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world, June 2015
3. Stirling Management School Award (1st) for Applied Research Impact, Dec 2014 http://www.stir.ac.uk/management/news/archive/2014/12/annualresearchconference/
4. Student Paper Award at the IAREP/ICAP Joint International Conference July 2014 http://www.icap2014.com/young-researchers-awards/79
5. World Intellectual Property Organisation Award for Creativity, 2013 http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140306/business-news/UoM-academics-receive-awards-for-innovative-projects.509488
6. Malta Innovation Award 2013, First Prize for Creative Innovation, Ministry for Economy, Investment and Small Enterprises http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140306/business-news/UoM-academics-receive-awards-for-innovative-projects.509488
7. Golden Star award for Active Citizenship for the project culminating in the production of the video titled New European Citizens, 2005
8. Green Media Personality of the year awarded by WWF Malta (Nature Trust), 2003
9. Special Commendation for the programme Viva Malta Familji for its gender balance, 2001
10. Broadcasting Award in the Current Affairs Programme Category with the entry of a programme entitled Viva Malta 2000;
11. Broadcasting Award in the Culture and Education Programme Category with the entry of a programme entitled Caravaggio 1999;
12.Broadcasting Award in the Current Affairs Programme Category with the entry of a programme entitled Bir-Rispett Kollu, 1994;
13. Essay Writing First prize, A Family Affair - Maltese Business beyond the 90's, Sunday Times of Malta, 1991.