Speaker and discussant biographies

Kevin Anderson Kevin Anderson is professor of energy and climate change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. He leads Tyndall Manchester’s energy and climate change research programme and is deputy director of the Tyndall Centre. With his colleague Alice Bows, Kevin’s research on carbon budgets reveals the widening gulf between political rhetoric on climate change and the reality of rapidly escalating emissions. His work makes clear that in the absence of an immediate paradigm shift in the economic framing of contemporary society, there is now little to no chance of maintaining the rise in global mean surface temperature at below 2°C, despite repeated high-level statements to the contrary. Moreover, Kevin’s research demonstrates how avoiding even a 4°C rise demands a significant reframing of the climate change agenda. Kevin has a decade’s industrial experience, principally in the petrochemical industry. He sits as commissioner on the Welsh Government's climate change commission and is a director of Greenstone Carbon Management – a London-based company providing emission-related advice to private and public sector organisations. Kevin is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Annela Anger-Kraavi

Annela Anger-Kraavi is a Lecturer in Macroeconomics at the University of East Anglia, UK. Her research interests include applied macroeconomics and modelling climate change policy impacts; climate change mitigation policies for international aviation and shipping; co-benefits of climate change mitigation policies such as impacts on atmospheric pollution. She teaches Environmental Economics and has worked on projects on climate change policies commissioned by the UN and the UK Government. She holds a BSc and MA in Biology, a BSc in Economics, an MPhil in Environmental Policy and a PhD in applied macroeconomics from the University of Cambridge. Before joining the University of East Anglia in 2013, she was a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge.

Dr Terry Barker

Terry Barker is Founder of the Cambridge Trust for New Thinking in Economics, Chairman of Cambridge Econometrics, and Departmental Senior Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR), Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. He was a Co-ordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change´s Fourth Assessment Report in 2007. His research interests include systematic modelling of policies to achieve climate stabilisation.

<Emanuele Campiglio> Emanuele Campiglio is a Post Doctoral Researcher at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics. He joined the Grantham Research Institute in September 2012. He is currently working for the FP7 LIMITS project, focusing on the macroeconomics of climate change mitigation and green growth. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Pavia (Italy). Before joining the LSE he worked as a researcher at the New Economics Foundation (London).

John Carstensen John Carstensen is Head of Profession for Climate and Environment in DFID. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of sustainable development, environment and climate change from Government, United Nations and NGO perspectives. He is Chairman of the OECD/DAC ENVIRONET. He was CEO of Society for the Environment, an umbrella body for UK’s professional bodies for environmental professionals that operates Chartered Environmentalists and was Chief Operating Officer for INTRAC, a UK based civil society capacity development organisation. He worked for nine years for UNEP and he has delivered poverty-oriented environment programmes in Egypt, Thailand and Vietnam for the Danish Government. He was Private Secretary to the Danish Environment and Energy Minister and led international negotiations to protect the Ozone Layer as Chair of the Montreal Protocol working group from 1992 to 1995.

Michael Hanemann Michael Hanemann is Julie A. Wrigley Chair in Sustainability, School of Sustainability, and he is a member of the Department of Economics, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, and Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability. He is also Chancellor's Professor of the Graduate School, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley. His research in economics has focused largely on aspects of modeling individual choice behaviour, with applications to demand forecasting, inducing conservation, environmental regulation and economic valuation. He is a leading authority on the methodology of non-market valuation using techniques of both revealed and stated preference.

Jesper Jespersen Jesper Jespersen is professor of economics at the Department of Society and Globalisation, University of Roskilde, Denmark, where he has been teaching and conducting research since 1996. Previously he taught international economics at the Copenhagen Business School. In 2001/02 and 2004/05 he was awarded a Carlsberg overseas fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge, carrying out research in Post Keynesian Macroeconomics. He received his Ph.D. from The European University in Florence, September 1979, and was Jean Monnet research fellow 1984/85. He was a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics in 1974 and at the Faculty of Politics and Economics at Cambridge University, 1988/89.

Ger Klaassen Ger Klaassen joined the European Commission in 2004, after working as economist at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). At IIASA he worked on transboundary air pollution and economic instruments, global energy scenarios, renewable energy policies and gas infrastructures. He holds a PhD in economics from the Free University in Amsterdam. He was visiting professor at Colorado College and the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna, teaching environmental economics and innovation. Currently he works as policy analyst on strategy and economic assessment of the Directorate General for Climate Action of the European Commission. He contributes to the economic analysis of the EU climate energy policy i.e. the macroeconomic impacts and co-benefits for air pollution.

Angele Koeppl Angela Köppl received her Doctor's degree in Economics from the University of Vienna in 1991. She joined the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna in 1985 where she successfully completed her post graduate studies in economics in 1987. From 1987-1991 she was research member of the Department of Economics at the Institute for Advanced Studies. In 1992 she joined the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) as a researcher in Environmental Economics. At WIFO she has been appointed twice as deputy director. In 2002 she was visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Her key areas of research are climate change and climate policy, transformation of the energy system and incentive based instruments in environmental economics.

Dr O.J. Kuik
Onno Kuik is a senior economist with more than 25 years of experience in the environmental economics domain. His main field of expertise is the use of computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling to assess the economic and environmental impacts of energy and climate change mitigation and adaptation policies. Examples include the assessment of mitigation policies under the Kyoto Protocol and REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), with a focus on ‘leakage’ of carbon emissions from regulated to non-regulated countries, the economic consequences of climate change impacts on agriculture, and and fresh water resources in Europe and Africa. Over the years, Onno has worked in numerous research projects for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, the Dutch Parliament, the European Parliament, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in Europe and abroad. His current research focuses on the economics of adaptation in Europe. He coordinates the work package on the international context of future EU climate change mitigation policies in the EU FP7 project CECILIA205.

Corinne Le Quéré Corinne Le Quéré is Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. She conducts research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle. Prof Le Quéré was author of the 3rd, 4th and 5th (ongoing) Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. She co-Chairs the Global Carbon Project, a non-governmental organization that fosters International research on the carbon cycle and publishes annual updates global emissions and sinks of carbon dioxide. Prof Le Quéré is originally from Canada. She completed a Ph.D. in oceanography in University Paris VI (1999), an M.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from McGill University and a B.Sc. in physics from University of Montréal. She has conducted research at Princeton University in the United States and at the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Germany.

Nick Mabey
Nick Mabey is Chief Executive and a founder director of E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism), a non-profit international organisation dedicated to accelerating the transition to sustainable development. In addition to his management role, Nick leads E3G’s work on European climate change policy, climate diplomacy and foreign policy, and the security implications of climate change. Nick was previously a senior advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit leading work on national and international policy areas, including: energy, climate change, countries at risk of instability, organised crime and fisheries. Nick was employed in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Environment Policy Department, and was the FCO lead for the Johannesburg Summit in 2002, where he established international partnerships on clean energy, tourism and environmental democracy. Before he joined government Nick was Head of Economics and Development at WWF-UK. He came to WWF from research at London Business School on the economics of climate change, which he published as the book Argument in the Greenhouse. This followed a period in the UK electricity industry working as a negotiator for PowerGen and an engineer for GEC-Alsthom. Nick trained as a mechanical engineer at Bristol University and holds a masters degree in Technology and Policy from MIT, where he specialised in energy systems analysis. Among other appointments Nick is currently on the advisory board of Infrastructure UK, the independent commission reporting to the UK Conservative Party on the design of a Green Investment Bank, and the Advisory Council of the European Technology.

J F Mercure

Jean-François Mercure leads the 4CMR research group in Energy Systems Modelling. His research activities concern multi-sectoral projections of greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector (supply and end-use), the technology composition of the energy sector, technology transitions and global energy resources.

Peter Pearson Peter Pearson is Director of the Low Carbon Research Institute of Wales, based at the Welsh School of Architecture. Until January 2010 he was a Professor of Energy & Environmental Studies and Director of the Imperial College Centre for Energy Policy & Technology (ICEPT). He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College and the University of Surrey. His research addresses long-run energy technology and fuel transitions and their energy and environmental policy implications.

Hector Pollitt Hector Pollitt is a Director and Head of International Modelling at Cambridge Econometrics, the trading subsidiary of the Cambridge Trust for New Thinking in Economcis. He has extensive experience in the development and application of macroeconomic modelling tools for impact analysis. He has overall responsibility for maintenance of the company's European E3ME model and for its development of the global E3MG model. Recent applications of these models include contributions to the European Commission’s communications on the possible decision to move to a 30% GHG target and official Impact Assessments of the EU’s: the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Energy Taxation Directive. He is also in charge of the sectoral employment projections that provide the basis for the EU’s skill forecasts published by CEDEFOP. He has also recently carried out detailed reviews of current state-of-the-art modelling approaches for policy analysis, and he has led in the creation of the UNFCCC’s model inventory and the most recent version of the European Commission’s IA Tools model database.

Dr Armon Rezai
Armon Rezai is an assistant professor in environmental economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and a guest researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He earned a doctorate in economics from The New School for Social Research, and his work focuses on macroeconomic topics, such as growth and distribution, and their application to ecological problems like climate change. Before joining his current department, he worked as research assistant at the United Nations University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki and the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis in New York. He has also worked as a short-term consultant for the World Bank and has been a Fulbright fellow and visiting fellow at the University of California at Berkeley and Oxford University.

Șerban Scrieciu

Șerban Scrieciu is a Reader in Economics for Sustainability with the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich and a Trustee for the Cambridge Trust for New Thinking in Economics. He views himself as a ‘progressive economist’ or ‘developmentalist’ with research, writing and teaching interests residing at the interface between the social economy and the environment. His field of expertise relates particularly to green growth and climate change, with a focus on mitigation policy evaluation and planning, macroeconomic modelling and transformational transitions, institutional economics, renewable energy technologies, as well as issues of adaptation and development particularly applied to agriculture, forestry and land use. Prior positions include Project Manager on climate economics for UNEP where he led the conceptualisation of a methodology for development-compatible climate policy planning at the strategic level (the MCA4climate approach); and Senior Research Associate for the University of Cambridge working on the energy-environment-economy modelling of climate mitigation policies. He holds a PhD in Development Policy and Studies from the University of Manchester. He has widely published peer-reviewed academic journal articles, a single-authored book with Routledge on rural development in Central and Eastern Europe, book chapters, and reports for various organisations.

Lance Taylor

Lance Taylor is Arnhold Professor of International Cooperation and Development Emeritus, New School for Social Research. He has long been an active researcher in the macroeconomics of developing and (more recently) developed economies, and was a major contributor to the foundational literature on computable general equilibrium models now widely used in the analysis of climate change. He has been working on climate change issues for the past half-dozen years.

Matthew Winning

Matthew Winning is a Research Associate in the UCL Energy Institute and the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. He provides economic analysis and macroeconomic modelling on the subjects of green growth, ecosystem services, natural capital and low-carbon shipping. He undertook his PhD in the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde. Matthew has a Law and Economics LLB and an MSc in Economics, both from the University of Edinburgh. He also previously worked for Blackrock International. Matthew's main research focus is on the macroeconomic impacts of climate change and the institutions and instruments related to climate change policy. His PhD focussed on a policy analysis of the UK Committee on Climate Change and also the implemention of a carbon tax using Input-Output and Computable General Equilibrium models. His research interests include national climate change policies, market-based instruments, the EU emissions trading scheme, carbon accounting, international environmental agreements, and marine energy.


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