2015 -16 I have been elected to a guest professorship at the Collège de France. 2011-2014 was spent in part on the AR5 of the IPCC where I was CLA of chapter 15 on policy instruments. 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 undergraduate levels. I have been the advisor for about two dozen PhD theses and I do quite a lot of external lecturing and consulting.
Collège de France, Guest Professor, 2015-16, Paris.
University Fellow at the Resources for the Future since 2001 http://www.rff.org/rff/About/University-Fellows.cfm
Board member of the Local Investment Programs (LIP) of the Ministry of the environment, 2002-5
External Examiner for environmental economics in the AERC, African Economic Research Consortium, 2000-
Congress organizing committee for the 2002 World Congress of Environmental & Resource Economists in Monterey, California.
Member of the Austrian dissertation award committee: Jury für den österreichischen Dissertationskonzeptpreis im Bereich, “Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change”.
Chairman of the Board of the Centre for Environmental Economics in Gothenburg 1991-8, 2000-.
Research Board for Göteborgs Energi, 1997- .
Board of Gothenburg Centre for environmental science and sustainability (GMV), 2000-2006.
Chairman for the Gothenburg electors’ selection committee for the Swedish Research Board on the Environment, 2000.
Board of the Gothenburg Academy on Managing the Environment GAME, 1999-2002.
2nd and 5th Positions in competition for most cited articles in the journal Energy Economics from 1979-1999. (See Editorial in Energy Economics, 22(2000) 1-8). (See articles A5 and A21 below).
Gilbert White Fellow at the Resources for the Future 1998-1999.
Guest editor for the Environmental and Resource Economics, Spring 1998
Associate Fellow of the Environmental Economics Program of the International Institute for Environment & Development, London, 1998-
Member of expert panel of the SNF, Sweden (“SNFs Expertråd”), 1997- .
Chairman of the Research Board of the Environmental Economics Network for Eastern and Southern Africa region (EENESA), 1994-1999.
Editorial Board of International Journal of Global Environmental Issues.
Editorial Board of The Energy Journal
Editorial Board of European Environment, 1990-2003
Editorial Board of Environmental and Resource Economics
Editorial Board of Energie Internationale,1988-1992
Scientific board of the 1998 EAERE conferences in Venice
Scientific board of the 1996 EAERE conference in Tilburg
Scientific board of the 1994 EAERE conference in Dublin
Academic board for social sciences of Sida/SAREC, 1996-1998
Board of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) 1997-1999
Board of the Dept. of Economics 19851986
Board of the center for interdisciplinary studies, Göteborg University, 19841992
Coordinator for Latin American Studies, Göteborg University, 19851988
Referee of numerous articles for Science, AER, QJE, J of Political Economy, JEEM, EDE, Ambio, Econometrica, the Energy Journal, Energy Economics, the European Journal of Operational Research, the Journal of Energy Systems, Journal of Comparative Economics, the Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, European Environment, The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Ecological Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, the Journal of Forest Economics, Resource and Energy Economics, Climate Policy, Climatic Change, Energy Policy, Oxford Economic Papers and AIMS proceedings.
'Handbook on Energy and Climate Change' by Roger Fouquet, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2013.
Allocation in the European Emissions Trading Scheme edited by Alfred Denny Ellerman, Carlo Carraro and Barbara Buchner.Cambridge University Press, 2007.
'IWR 2012 Inclusive Wealth Report: Measuring progress beyond GDP' edited by Partha Dasgupta and Anantha Duraiappah. Review for University of Cambridge, UK, and the Open Access initiative, Open Book Publishers.
Professional Evaluations for academic positions etc.
Evaluation of Dr. Simon Dietz as full Professor at the London School of Economics, Jan 2015
Evaluation of Dr. Kathuria as full Professor in the SJM School of Management at IIT Bombay, July 2014
Evaluation of Dr Stefan Ambec for full Professor in theoretical economics at the Department of the Economics Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland. May 2014
Evaluation of Associate Professor Stefanie Engel for promotion to full professor at ETH Zurich, January 2013.
Reference, evaluation for Dr Marc Leandri for position at the Economics Department at Sciences Po in Paris.
Evaluation of candidates for chair in public finance with an emphasis in environmental economics at the University of Innsbruck and the Faculty of Economics and Statistics, October 2011.
Evaluation of Dr. Max Auffhammer for a tenured post as Associate Professor at The University of Michigan March 2011.
Evaluation of Dr. Simon Dietz for Major Review by The Promotions Committee of the London School of Economics and Political Science Jan 2011.
Evaluation of Dr. Max Auffhammer for a tenured post as Associate Professor at Duke Nov 2010.
Review of Professor MR Mabugu Executive Director in the Economic Performance and Development (EPD) programme. Human Sciences Research Council S Africa. August 2010.
Review of Professor MR Mabugu for South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF)
Review of cum laude PhD/Doctorate degree to Dr W.J.W. Botzen at the VU University of Amsterdam, Holland, October 2009.
Review of Sylvia Brandt for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Oct 09.
Evaluation of Dr. Jim Sanchirico to Full Professor at UC Davis Sept 08
Evaluation of Dr. Max Auffhammer for Tenure at UC Berkeley August 08
Review of Urvashi Narain for promotion to Fellow at Resources for the Future, Washington. Feb 2007.
Review of Vinnish Kathuria for Faculty Position at the HSS Department of the Indian Institute for Technology in Kanpur, feb 2007.
Evaluation of Dr. Somanathan to Full Professor at the Indian Institute of Growth in Delhi, Feb 2006.
Evaluation of Sjak Smulders for promotion to Full Professor at the University of Tilburg, October 2005
Review of candidates for a Chair in Economics specially, resources, energy and environment, at the Luleå Technical University, September 2005. Candidates Patrik Söderholm and Clas Eriksson.
Dr Carolyn Fischer for Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future, Washington Fall 2004.
Dr Glenn-Marie Lange for Research Scientist at Columbia University, New York, Summer 2004.
Dr Susan Mary Chilton, Referee for promotion to personal Readership at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, April 2004.
“Publication reference” for the promotion to a research chair of Prof Dr Geert van Calster, LL.M., PhD. at the Institute for Environmental and Energy Law, Collegium Falconis, K.U. Leuven, 2003.
Tore Söderkvist for Associate Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, April 2003.
David Layton, for tenure at Daniel J Evans School of Public Affairs, Washington U. Aug 2002
David Layton, for tenure at Dep. of Environmental Science and Policy, UCLA, spring 2001.
Benjamin Chou for faculty position in Environmental Economics at UCLA, Santa Barbara, January 2000.
Evaluation of Alan Blackman for promotion to Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future, Spring 2000.
Evaluation of candidates for a chair in Environmental Economics in Umeå (dnr 3121-1598-96), spring 1998. Candidates: Thomas Aronsson, Runar Brännlund, Chuan-Zhong Li and Mats Bergman
Evaluation of Dr. Jaap Arntzen for promotion to Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Science, University of Botswana, spring of 1999.
Evaluation of Randall Bluffstone for promotion to Research Associate at Harvard Institute of International Development, autumn 1998.
Consultancy and Project Funding The Environmental Economics Unit I have started in Gothenburg has been the largest recipient of external funding in the University of Gothenburg according to surveys by GU. Our largest institutional collaboration between the Unit for Environmental Economics and Sida. Our goal is to create a national/regional environmental economic capacity in developing countries. The aim for the environmental economists trained at EEU, is to work on solving and finding effective solutions to the environmental problems that exist in their respective country. In order for this capacity to be successful, the knowledge has to be spread out to as many influential institutions as possible in order to influence the decision makers. We focus on academic institutions that have the ability to teach future researchers, civil servants and teachers as well as political advisors. With finance from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, EEU has chosen to have people from developing countries as their main target group. We have a PhD program for students from developing countries; we give courses in environmental economics and we have a visiting researcher's program.
In addition to this I am, and have been, involved with a large number of other projects. Among the most important just now are FORMAS and MISTRA – Clipore programs on climate change. In addition to this I have earlier had several consultancy tasks for various organizations and companies including Göteborg Energi, Volvo, Swedepower, Nynäs, the OECD, the World Bank and several Swedish ministries including the Ministries for finances, environment and agriculture. 1994-5 I led a large forecasting and modelling consultancy for Swedepower in which we built forecasting models for electricity demand in Mexico for the Comisión Federal de Electricidad. Since 1991, we have a large-scale and long-run collaboration with SIDA involving a large group of researchers at our department in various consulting activities for SIDA. The Environmental Economics Unit has also been successful in attracting considerable research funds from various research boards such as AFR, BFR, DFE, FORMAS, FRN, KFB, SAREC, SNV, the municipality of Göteborg, the EU, MISTRA and others.
Teaching and Supervision
Graduate course in Natural Resource Economics, spring 2014. See http://www.handels.gu.se/econ/EEU/courses.htm
Graduate course in Environmental Economic Policy Instruments, spring 2014. See http://www.handels.gu.se/econ/EEU/courses.htm.
Masters course in Environmental Economic Policy Instruments, Each spring at the University of Chalmers.
Finally, I have also taught short courses on environmental policy organized by the World Bank and other organizations (2-5 days) in Washington, Bangkok, Zaragoza, Oaxaca, Turialba and La Habana, see C78, C89, C97, C147 and C151
During the years I have held various posts at the Department of Economics I have taught a variety of first year courses. I have also taught, either in Gothenburg or in other universities, various advanced courses in micro, development economics, transport economics, energy economics and currently I participate in teaching environmental economics both at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to the courses on natural resource economics and policy instruments, for which I have the main responsibility, I also participate in various other courses inside and outside the department. My main teaching task is the supervision of a large number of PhD students.
PhD Supervision Currently there are more than a dozen PhD students in environmental economics that are supervised by me and other supervisors at the EEU. The following is a list of over 30 PhD students I have supervised in the past, either as their main supervisor or as a co-supervisor. Below that is a group supervised within my research group but not by me. In total they are more than 50 theses since 1988. 16 of them were Swedes.
"Essays on Environmental Taxation and Climate Policy”, 13 september 2013. Faculty Opponent Cathrine Hagem, Statistisk sentralbyrå, Norge, Committee: Mads Greaker, Eva Samakovlis, Lena Gipperth.
Jorge Bonilla Londono
“Essays on the Environmental Economics of Air Quality Control” June 11 2013. Faculty Opponent: Allen Blackman, Committee: Åsa Löfgren, Johan Woxenius, Patrik Söderholm
Clara Villegas Palacio
“Formal and informal regulations: Enforcement and Compliance”, Sept 23 2011
Poverty and Education”, Dec 04 2009. Faculty opponent is Professor Michael Rauscher from Rostock, Germany, The committee consisted of Joakim Westerlund, GU, Björn Gustafsson, Dept of Social work, Gothenburg, Magnus Blomström, Stockholm
“European Energy Policy in Transition: Critical Aspects of Emissions Trading”, Gothenburg Sept 22, 2009. External discussant, Professor Patrik Söderholm. Luleå Committee: Olof Johansson-Stenman, Economics GU,Björn Sanden, Associate Professor Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers; Eva Samakovlis forskningschef för Konjunkturinstitutets miljöekonomiska enhet. This is the first PhD in Environmental Management and Economics.