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.

The ICTA-UAB participated in the 100xCiencia.2 meeting in Alicante

The encounter, which was focused on the transfer of knowledge and technology, brought together representatives of 40 centres and research units “Severo Ochoa” and “María de Maeztu”, respectively.

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.

Oil contamination in the Amazon modifies chemical composition of rivers

A scientific study by the ICTA-UAB and ISS-EUR quantifies the environmental impact of oil extraction activities and contamination in headwaters of the Amazon.

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.

UAB scientists and citizens can identify Barcelona's allergy-causing plants with the new Plant*tes app

The UAB Point of Information on Aerobiology (PIA) presented its new Plant*tes app in Barcelona as part of the BArcelona City Council's project entitled "Ciència Ciutadana als barris".

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.

Unrestricted Improvements in Fishing Technology Threaten the Future of Seafood

A study conducted by ICTA-UAB researcher Eric Galbraith shows that future improvement of fishing technology poses a threat for the global fishery that could be greater than climate change.

Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling

During the ice ages, an unidentified regulatory mechanism prevented atmospheric CO2 concentrations from falling below a level that could have led to runaway cooling, reports a study conducted by researchers of the ICTA-UAB and published online in Nature Geoscience this week.

The New Theory of Economic “Agrowth” Contributes to the Viability of Climate Policies

 ICTA-UAB researcher Jeroen van den Bergh publishes in Nature Climate Change a study in which he proposes a new economic theory compatible with the fight against climate change.

European Project to Analyse the Effects of Waste Generated by Tourism on Mediterranean Islands

An European study involving the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma e Barcelona will address and propose solutions to the effects of the increase of waste generated by tourism on Mediterranean islands during the summer season.

New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

The new ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide' it is at your disposal now. With this document, we aim to help you discover the basics of the PhD programme, ICTA-UAB’s structure, etc.
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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": http://www.journals.elsevier.com/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 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378016300371

- 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): http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-07989-200445.

- 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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