Professor environmental economics U of Gothenburg.
Date of Birth
March 22 1952
Place of birth
Married, 3 children
SE-411 20 Gothenburg
Economics Dept; (Vasag 1) Box 640 SE-405 30
+46 31 7861377 (fax 1326)
2015 -16 I have been elected to a guest professorship at the Collège de France. 2011-2014 was
2012-2013 I was on sabbatical leave from Gothenburg and worked as Chief Economist at the
Environmental Defense Fund in New York. My main areas of work are instrument design for
climate and environmental policy, catch shares in fisheries and theory of discounting.
As professor of environmental economics in Gothenburg I have during the last 2 decades built up
the Unit for Environmental Economics with a staff of about a dozen PhDs and another dozen
graduate students. We give a unique PhD program in environmental economics with a large
participation of graduate students from developing countries (financed by the Swedish
International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida), masters and undergraduate programs and
a large number of other research and teaching activities.
I have published about 100 articles in refereed journals, authored or edited more than a dozen
books and a large number of book chapters, official reports and journalistic articles. The main
focus of my work has been on environmental policy instruments with applications to energy and
climate, industry, transport economics and finally resource management in developing countries.
Many of these areas benefit from interdisciplinary collaboration with natural scientists, engineers,
medical or other experts which I find to be a challenging and exciting part of professional life. For
more details, see list of publications below
I teach courses in natural resource economics and environmental policy at the graduate and
of external lecturing and consulting.
Contributing Economist 2014-
University of Gothenburg
Additional courses in theoretical ecology (1991) and ecology (1992).
University of Montpelier, France, 1970 (Certificat pratique de la langue Francaise)
University of Innsbruck, Austria,1969 (German philosophy and art)
Sandöskolan, Training for development assistance 1973-74.
Gustavus Primus art school, 1971-1973.
English, Swedish, French, Spanish, German (+ beginner’s efforts in Italian and Swahili)
Member of the Scientific Council for Sustainable Development to the Swedish
Government 2015- (Miljövårdsberedningen/Vetenskapliga Rådet för Hållbar Utveckling).
Elected Guest Professor at the Collège de France 2015-16
Honorary Guest professor University of Cape Town
Member of the Steering committee of the
Tsinghua University, Peking University, Nanjing University