Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

A study by the ICTA-UAB and the UAB Department of Animal Health and Anatomy demonstrates that the main species hunted by the indigenous popoulations of the Peruvian Amazon ingest water and soil contaminated with hidrocarbons and heavy metals.

The new Planttes app warns of allergy risks in different urban areas

The Planttes application is a citizen science project which aims to encourage people to identify and locate on a map the existence of allergy-causing plants and indicate their phenological state.

Global climate treaty easier to negotiate if guided by Human Development Index

A study by ICTA-UAB concludes that agreements against climate change would be more attractive to rich countries if they were analyzed taking into account the Human Development Index, instead of GDP.



New Project to Link Extreme Weather Events, Atmospheric Biodiversity and Human Health

A new ICTA-UAB project led by researcher Jordina Belmonte will study the effects of extreme meteorological events on the biological biodiversity present in the atmosphere in order to predict changes in the environment and possible affectations on human health.

Bolivian Amazon on road to deforestation

Amazon biodiversity hotspot to suffer even more “alarming” losses after contentious law passed, according to a study involving ICTA-UAB researchers.

ICTA-UAB’s success: five ERC grants in two years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded five European Research Council (ERC) grants in two years, which is about ten per cent of all ERC grants arriving in Catalonia over the period from the end of 2015 to the end of 2017.

Scientists Alert of Swift Degradation of Marine Ecosystems and Grave Consequences for the Planet

A book edited by researchers from the ICTA-UAB, the UB, the CNRS and the IEO addresses the concept of "animal forest" and highlights the importance of the role seas and oceans have in combating climate change.

New ICTA-UAB map shows success, concerns and challenges of the transition away from fossil fuels and coal industry in Australia

Resistance against massive coal-mining in Australia and a growing movement for a ‘just transition’ from fossil fuels have enjoyed some success but face massive challenges, as shown in a new map developed by researchers from the international ACKnowl-EJ project of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB)  and the Australian Environmental Justice (AEJ) research team at the Centre for Urban Research (RMIT University.

ICTA-UAB researcher Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

ICREA researcher at ICTA-UAB Victoria Reyes- García has been graced with a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for the development of a project aimed at bringing insights from local knowledge to climate change research.

Research to study the health effects of forests

The ICTA-UAB, CREAF and the "la Caixa" Bank Foundation recently presented the project "Healthy Forests for a Healthy Society".

Blockadia map by ICTA-UAB reveals global scale of anti-fossil fuel movement

A new interactive map by researchers of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) reveals the worldwide impact of resistance direct actions by people putting their own bodies in the way of fossil fuel projects.

Launch of the Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence

​ The Secretary of State for R&D+i, Carmen Vela, chaired the kickoff meeting of the new Severo Ochoa and Maria Maeztu Alliance of Excellence.

Green gentrification can limit the favourable effects of green areas on health

A scientific research conducted by ICTA-UAB and IMIM suggests that more socially disadvantaged neighbours do not benefit equally from the effects newly created green areas have on health.

ICTA-UAB researchers alert that oil palm plantations produce infertility in tropical lands

Oil palm plantations are replacing 40% of tropical forests and 32% of basic grain crops, according to an ICTA-UAB research conducted in Guatemala.

EJAtlas Includes 2,100 Case Studies on Socio-Environmental Conflicts Around the World

The Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas), created by researchers of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), currently includes 2,100 cases of ecological distribution conflicts identified in different parts of the world.

Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling

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New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

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Jeroen van den Bergh
Jeroen van den Bergh

Jeroen van den Bergh is ICREA Research Professor in the Institute of Environmental Science & Technology of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is also professor of Environmental and Resource Economics in the Faculty of Economics & Business Administration and the Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam. Previously, he was professor of Environmental Economics (1997-2007) at VU University Amsterdam, and a member of the Energy Council of the Netherlands (2003-2007). He obtained a Master degree in Econometrics and Operations Research from Tilburg University, and a PhD in Economics from VU University Amsterdam. He published 16 books and more than 170 journal articles. He was awarded the Royal Shell Prize 2002 and the IEC Environmental Prize (Premi Sant Jordi de Medi Ambient) 2011, and received awards for several publications. He is editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal "Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions":

Research interests

The intersection of economics, environmental science and innovation studies. Past work covered integrated environmental-economic modelling, construction of aggregate performance indicators, contributions to the growth-versus-environment debate, economic aspects of dematerialization and recycling, and spatial and international aspects of environmental policy. Work in recent years is focused on environmental innovation (notably renewable energy), the design and cost of effective climate policy, carbon and energy rebound, and modelling the transition to a low-carbon economy. He makes frequent use of insights and approaches of behavioral and evolutionary economics.

Key Words

Environmental and resource economics | Energy and climate economics | Environmental science and ecological economics | Evolutionary economics and innovation studies | Spatial (regional, transport and urban) economics


Recent publications

- Drews, S., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2016). Public views on economic growth, the environment and prosperity: Results of a questionnaire survey. Global Environmental Change

- Antal, M., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2016). Green growth and climate change: Conceptual and empirical considerations. Climate Policy 16(2): 165-177.

- Calvet-Mir, L., Maestre Andrés, S., J.L. Molina, and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2015). Participation in protected areas: A social network case study in Catalonia, Spain. Ecology and Society 20(4):

- van den Bergh, J.C.J.M. (2015). Climate treaty: Pricing would limit carbon rebound. Nature 526: 195.

- Gsottbauer, E., I. Logar and J. van den Bergh (2015). Towards a fair, constructive and consistent criticism of all valuation languages: Comment on Kallis et al. (2013). Ecological Economics 112: 164-169.

- Drews, S., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2015). What explains public support for climate policies? A review of empirical studies. Climate Policy, DOI:10.1080/14693062.2015.1058240.

- van den Bergh, J., C. Folke, S. Polasky, M. Scheffer and W. Steffen (2015). What if solar energy becomes really cheap? A thought experiment on environmental problem shifting. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 14: 170-179. 

- Garcia-Sierra, M., J. van den Bergh and C. Miralles (2015). Behavioural economics, travel behaviour and environmental-transport policy. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment  41: 288-305.

- van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., and F. Grazi (2015). Reply to the first systematic response by the Global Footprint Network to criticism: A real debate finally? Ecological Indicators 58: 458-463.

- Grazi, F., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2014). Footprint Policy? Land use as an environmental indicator. Journal of Industrial Ecology 18(1): 10-19.

- Antal, M., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2014). Re-spending rebound: A macro-level assessment for OECD countries and emerging economies. Energy Policy 68: 585-590.

- van den Bergh, J.C.J.M., and W. Botzen (2014), A lower bound to the social cost of CO2 emissions. Nature Climate Change 4(April): 253-258.

- Gsottbauer, E., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2014). Environmental policy when pollutive consumption is sensitive to advertising: Norms versus status. Ecological Economics 107: 39-50.

- Subtil Lacerda. J., and J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (2014). International diffusion of environmental innovations: Lessons from the lead markets for wind power in China, Germany and USA, Energies 7: 8236-8263.

- Kreibich, H., J.C.J.M. van den Bergh, L.M. Bouwer, P. Bubeck, P. Ciavola, C. Green, S. Hallegatte, I. Logar,V. Meyer, R. Schwarze, and A.H. Thieken (2014). Costing natural hazards. Nature Climate Change 4(May): 303-306.

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