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Keynote Speakers

Scott Barrett

Columbia University, USA

Scott Barrett is the Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics at Columbia University with appointments in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and in the Earth Institute. He is also Vice Dean of SIPA.

He taught previously at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC and, before that, at the London Business School. He has also been a visiting scholar at École Polytechnique, Harvard, the Institute for Advanced Study (Berlin), Princeton, Yale, and Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

His research focuses on the design of institutions to address global issues requiring international cooperation, including climate change, infectious disease eradication, and ocean governance. 

He is the author of numerous journal articles and two books, Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making and Why Cooperate? The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods, both published by Oxford University Press.

He has also played a variety of roles in the policy arena, including as a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, lead advisor to the International Task Force on Global Public Goods, and member of the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group on malaria eradication.

He received his PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.


Katrin Millock

Paris School of Economics, France

Katrin Millock is Senior Research Fellow in economics of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) at Paris School of Economics, and Fellow of the French Collaborative Institute on Migration (IC Migrations). Her research addresses both theoretical and empirical aspects of environmental economics and she has contributed to evidence-based policy assessments for the French Ministry of Environment and the
OECD, amongst other institutions. Her current research focuses on the economic effects of climate change and adaptation, particularly climate-induced migration. She is currently a Co-Editor of Environmental and Resource Economics. She has also served as Council Member of the European Association of Environmental and Resource
Economists, and Associate Editor of Environment and Development Economics. She holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Andreas Lange

University of Hamburg, Germany

Andreas Lange is Full Professor of Economics, esp. Public Economics at Universität Hamburg. Before, he had an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. He is Research Associate at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) as well as Research Fellow at CESifo München and within the RWI Research Network. From 2016-2019 he was Visiting Professor at Gothenburg University. Andreas received his PhD from the Department of Economics, University of Heidelberg. He serves as Co-Editor-in Chief for Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. His current research comprises work on the voluntary provision of public goods, on climate policy, and decisions under uncertainty. Methodologically, he combines theoretical and experimental studies. Andreas’ research has been published in leading economic journals like American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics or Journal of Public Economics.  

Santiago J. Rubio

Department of Economic Analysis and ERICES University of Valencia, Spain

Santiago J. Rubio Jorge (Valencia, 1958) is a full professor at the Economic Analysis Department at the University of Valencia (UV). He earned his Bachelor of Economics (1982) from the UV; he has a Master in Energy Economics from the French Institute of Pretoleum and the University of Dijon and a doctoral degree in Economics from the UV. In 2009, he received the National Prize Lucas Mallada in Economics and Environment awarded by the Spanish Government. From 2002 to 2005 he served as Second Vice-President of the Spanish-Portuguese Association of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (AERNA) and in 2006 was elected member of the Council of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) and acted as its Vice-President from 2008 to 2009. In 2012 he was appointed Head of the Department of Economic Analysis at the University of Valencia. He is currently the President of AERNA and acts as a Country Representative of EAERE. He has published more than thirty papers in national and international journals, e.g. in Energy Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Public Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, Resource and Energy Economics and Spanish Economic Review.

Rick van der Ploeg

University of Oxford, UK

Rick van der Ploeg (PhD, Cambridge, U.K.). Professor of economics and director of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, University of Oxford, and part-time University Professor Environmental Economics, University of Amsterdam, and research fellow of CEPR, CESifo and Tinbergen Institute. Previously at Cambridge, LSE, EUI, and Tilburg, Member of Parliament, and State Secretary of Education, Culture and Science, and Vice Chair Unesco World Heritage Committee. Research interests are in macroeconomics and public finance with special interests in economics of natural resources and of climate change. Extensive consultancy experience with supranational organisations.

Scott Taylor

University of Calgary, Canada

M. Scott Taylor is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Calgary, and a Past President of the Canadian Economics Association. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Fellow of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, and a CESifo Associate at the Ifo Institute, Germany. From 2004 to 2018, he held the Canada Research Chair in International, Energy and Environmental Economics, and in 2014, was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the highest honour that can be attained by scholars, artists and scientists in Canada. In 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Basel, Switzerland for his pioneering work on Trade, the Environment, and Renewable Resources. A marked feature of his research is the use of novel methods and data to evaluate hypotheses that were previously unexplored. For example, his earliest work explains the enormous variation we see in pollution levels across countries by tying it to differences across countries in their pattern of international trade and economic growth. Another early and still ongoing branch of research explains why some countries fail and others succeed in managing their natural resources. In the 1990s this led him (and co-author James Brander) to spearhead research linking natural resource overuse led to the rise and fall of prehistoric societies, focusing first on the case of Easter Island. More recently he has shown how international trade, a new tanning innovation, and a lack of property rights were responsible for the late 19th century slaughter of over 10 million North American Bison. Some of his current work investigates the link between noise pollution created by international shipping and the health of whale populations.
Professor Taylor's publications have appeared in the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, International Economic Review, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Canadian Journal of Economics, and Resource and Energy Economics.
Prior to his current position, Taylor was a Full Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998-2004), and an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of British Columbia (1992 - 1998). He has also been a Visiting Scholar in the Princeton Department of Economics (1991, 2003), and a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the Sauder Business School at the University of British Columbia (1991). From 1995 to 1998 he was a Scholar in the Economic Growth Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Partha Sen

Delhi School of Economics, India

Partha Sen obtained his PhD at the London School of Economics. He was a Professor at the Delhi School of Economics from 1996 to 2011 (when he took early retirement) and Reader in Economics from 1990-1996. He served as the Director of the Delhi School of Economics from 2008 to 2011 and was the Head of Department, Economics from 2003 to 2005. 

He has also held full-time appointments at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the London School of Economics and the University of Bristol; and visiting appointments, among others, at University of Michigan, HKUST, NUS, NTU and City University, Hong Kong. His papers have been published in journals like the International Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control. He was the Editor of the Indian Economic Review from 1997 to 2007.
His areas of interest are macroeconomics, international economics and environmental economics.
He is a member of the CESifo Munich's research network, a Senior Non-Resident Fellow, IGIDR, Mumbai, and Honorary Distinguished Professor, Waikato Zhejiang College.

Herman Vollebergh

Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Herman Vollebergh is professor of Economics and Environmental Policy at Tilburg University (Department of Economics, Tilburg Sustainability Centre and CentER) and Senior Research Fellow at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. He is also CESifo Research Fellow in Munich. His teaching, research and consulting interests are in the area of environmental and public economics. His current research covers a broad range of topics including the design and effects of market based incentive mechanisms, like taxation, subsidies and tradeable permits in the energy or waste market, (environmental) cost-benefit analysis, long-run relationship between emissions and income, and the effect of environmental policy on technological change. Finally, he has always been strongly involved in applying his academic work to the policy community including the OECD, European Union and the Dutch government. Recently he completed studies on energy investment credits, energy and resource taxation in the Netherlands, reform proposals for EU ETS, and the use of standards to spur eco-innovation.

Ulrich Wagner

University of Mannheim, Germany

Ulrich J. Wagner's research interests are in environmental economics, industrial organization and public economics. He has published his work in leading peer-reviewed academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Ulrich Wagner is a co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, a co-editor of Economics: the E-Journal and an editorial board member of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He is a co-winner of the 2015 Erik Kempe Award in Environmental and Resource Economics. His research projects are funded by the European Research Council and the German Science Foundation, among others.

He received his doctoral degree in 2006 from Yale University and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Before joining the University of Mannheim in 2015, he worked as an Associate Professor of Economics at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.

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