Daniele Rinaldo

Economist, Pianist

University of Exeter

I am an assistant professor (E&R lecturer) at the University of Exeter and at the Land, Economics, Environment and Policy Institute (LEEP). I work at the nexus of environmental, development and mathematical economics.

My current research studies the drivers of deforestation and the economic impact of endemic diseases, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. I also study natural resource management under the threat of regime shifts and natural catastrophes. Additionally, I work on probability theory and stochastic analysis, with a focus on nonlinear diffusion processes. I am a classical pianist.


  • Environmental economics
  • Development economics
  • Mathematical economics, stochastic analysis and control


  • Research Fellow, 2021

    University of Cambridge

  • PhD in Economics, 2019

    The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

  • MSc in Quantitative Finance, 2009

    University of Padua

  • Soloist Diploma, 2014

    Musik-Akademie Basel

  • MA, piano, 2011

    Royal Academy of Music, London


  • Topics in Empirical Economics 1
    • Causal inference and machine learning methods, with applications to environmental and development economics
    • MRes, Autumn term, 2021-currently
  • Economic Analysis and Pandemics
    • Pandemics, epidemics, global health and economic policy
    • UG, Spring term, 2022-currently


Concert biography

Hailed as “a pianist of extraordinary dramatic flair” (The New York Times), “a memorable artist… of remarkable maturity and imagination” (El Paìs), the Italian pianist Daniele Rinaldo has already performed as soloist in major venues and festivals all over the world, such as “Rising Stars” in Alice Tully Hall and Chelsea Music Festival in New York, Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival in the USA, Wigmore Hall, St-Martin-in-the-Fields and Barbican in London, Tonhalle in Zurich, Verbier Festival, Konzerthaus in Berlin and in the main halls of Paris, Basel, Tokyo, Geneva and Rome, as well as touring extensively Europe, Japan, China and South America.