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Expert Group "The economics of environment and resource use"

Overview of economists

Professor Paul Ekins (Vice-Chair of the group)

Professor of Energy and Environment Policy at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London, and Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, in charge of its Energy Systems theme. His academic work focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy, with a special focus on energy and climate policy, and the modelling of the energy system; on innovation; on the role of economic instruments such as environmental taxes; on sustainability assessment; and on environment and trade.

Dr. Stefan Bringezu

Senior Fellow and Director, Department for Material Flows and Structural Change, Wuppertal Institute, Germany. His main subjects are the analysis of the socio-industrial metabolism and related land use and the instruments to sustain resource supply, use and waste management.

Professor Frank Convery

Professor of Environmental Studies, School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy Review, Dublin Ireland. Research subjects include resource and environmental economics issues with particular reference to agriculture, forestry, energy, minerals, land use, urbanisation, environment and development in developing countries.

Professor Claudia Kemfert

Professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability at the Hertie School of Governance, in Berlin Germany and Head of the department Energy, Transportation, Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin) Germany. She acts as an external expert for the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

Dr. Frieder Meyer-Krahmer

Adviser to the Commissioner on resource efficiency. Previously, Professor of Economics with focus on Innovation Economics at Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France and from 2005 to 2009 State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Dr. Joachim Spangenberg

Vice President Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), Germany and member of UFZ, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany. Co-coordinator of Sustainability Strategies, a network aiming to evaluate and integrate the different ways of understanding sustainable development.

Professor Laurence Tubiana

Director of the Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), and professor at Sciences Po Paris and director of the sustainable development chair. Previously served as senior adviser on environment to the Prime Minister Lionel Jospin and a member of the Conseil d’Analyse Economique in the prime minister’s office.

Dr. Herman Vollebergh

Associated Research Fellow at the Tilburg School of Economics and Senior Researcher Fellow at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Institute (PBL). Research subjects include environmental regulation (taxation; subsidies; tradeable permits), energy economics, technological change, optimal taxation, political economy and methodology of economics.

Professor Tomasz Zylicz

Professor of Economics and Dean Faculty of Economic Sciences University of Warsaw (UoW) Poland.  Research interests include: environmental economics and policy; analyses of policy instruments, valuation of environmental improvements, and international environmental cooperation