Faculty

Faculty of the Summer School

Alina-Averchenkova

Alina Averchenkova
Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics

Alina joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in April 2013. She is responsible for the engagement with policy and decision makers worldwide, and research on international climate change policy.

Background

Alina joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change from KPMG, where she was Global Director for Climate Change and Carbon. She has fourteen years of experience in climate policy and international development. Prior to KPMG, Alina has worked for a carbon-asset manager, First Climate, in Zurich, focusing on policies related to carbon markets. Before that, as a Programme Officer at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change based in Bonn, she supported international negotiations on post-2012 climate change regime. Her professional experience also includes work for the Environmental Defence Fund in Washington, DC, focusing on climate policy in economies in transition; for Metroeconomica Ltd on resource abundance and economic growth, and for the Bureau of Economic Analysis, on climate policy in Russia. Alina has extensive experience in providing advisory and capacity building services to governments, UN organisations and private sector, and in facilitating interministerial and multi-stakeholder dialogues on climate change. Alina holds a BSc in Geography from Moscow State University, and an MSc and a PhD in Economics and International Development from the University of Bath, focused on factors of effectiveness of international climate change regime. Research interests: Design of the international climate change regime,Low emission development strategies in developing countries,Climate finance, Subnational action around low carbon and green growth.

Personal Profile: Alina Averchenkova

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Christoph Böhringer
University of Oldenburg

Since May 1st, 2012, Prof. Dr. Christoph Böhringer has been a member of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation that was established by the German government.

Christoph  Böhringer  is  professor  for  economic  policy  at  the  Carl  von  Ossietzky  University  in Oldenburg. After his graduation as industrial engineer from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, he received a doctorate in economics at the University of Stuttgart in 1995, where he became head of the section  „Energy  Economics“  at  the  Institute  for  Energy  Economics  and  the  Rational  Use  of  Energy (IER). From  1999  to  2006,  he  led  the  department  „Environmental  and  Resource  Economics,  Environmental Management” at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. In 2002, he habilitated in economics at the University of Regensburg and in 2004 he became professor of  economics  at  the  University of  Heidelberg.  In  early  2007,  he moved  from  Mannheim  respectively Heidelberg to Oldenburg, where he now holds the chair of „Economic Policy“. His research  activities focus on the economic impact assessment of regulation, especially in the fieldof  environmental,  energy  and  climate  policy.  His  scientific  findings  have  been  published  in  many internationally renowned journals. Prof.  Böhringer  is  research  professor  at  the  Centre for  European  Economic  Research  (ZEW)  and member  of  the  German  National  Committee  on  Global  Change  Research  (NKGCF)  set  up  by  the German Research Association (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Personal Profile: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/en/wire/vwl/economic-policy/persons/prof-dr-boehringer/

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Marta Escapa
University of the Basque Country

Marta Escapa (Ph.D. in Economics, 1996, UPV/EHU) is Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Her research and teaching activity has developed in the area of Economic Analysis and, specifically, in Environmental and Resource Economics. She has over 20 years of research and teaching experience that covers both undergraduate and graduate courses on Natural Resource Economics and Environmental Economics and her research has focused on issues like: International Environmental Agreements on Climate Change; Intergenerational Dimension of Climate Change, Economic Analysis of Fisheries Management; Environmental Fiscal Reform and Unemployment; Solid Waste Management using System Dynamics. The main results from this research have been published in peer review journals with impact factor (JCR) like: Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, Energy Economics or Ecological Economics.

She has participated in several competitive projects at regional and national level and in two competitive projects at European level: ELME (“European Lifestyles and the Marine Environment” 2004-2007); MARNET (“Marine Atlantic Regions Network” (2012-2015). Besides, she has been member of different Organizing and Scientific Committees of International Conferences organized by EAERE (European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists) and AERNA (Spanish-Portuguese Association of Resource and Environmental Economics).

She has been involved in the organization of previous editions of this Summer School and has participated in the development of the two Role-Play Games used during the Summer School: “The International Climate Negotiation Game” and “ADAPTECC: A Role-Play Game about Adaptation to Climate Change”.

Sergio H. Faria (BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change)

Sergio H. Faria holds a doctorate in Natural Sciences (summa cum laude) from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany (2003) and Master in Physics (summa com laude) from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil. Sergio H. Faria is a multidisciplinary researcher on Earth and planetary sciences, social dynamics, and complex systems.He is adjoint Presidential Professor at the Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT), Japan. Sergio H. Faria is head of the BC3 Environmental Physics Group and head of the Team “Climate Change, Environment and Human Well-Being”, part of the Doctorate Programme “Quaternary: Environmental Change and Human Ecological Footprint” of the University of the Basque Country (EHU/UPV). He is the European Coordinator of the “GIGAKU Education Programme for Innovative Global Engineers” (GIGAKU-IGLOBE) led by Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT) and funded by MEXT, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. Formerly  he was Assistant Professor of Geosciences at the University of Göttingen, Germany (2006-2011), Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences Leipzig, Germany (2004-2006), Research Associate at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany (2003-2004) and Assistant Professor of Physics at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil (2003).He did several stays in Antarctica and Greenland, in particular as ice core scientist during two EPICA-DML* deep-drilling expeditions (2003-2004 and 2005-2006) to Kohnen Station (75º00’S, 00º04’E), Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. Through these activities he became most likely the first Brazilian to perform long term research activities on the Antarctic plateau, as well as the first Brazilian to take part on a polar deep drilling expedition.

*EPICA = European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica; DML = Dronning Maud Land.

Personal Profile: http://www.bc3research.org/es/sergio_faria.html

Ibon Galarraga (BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change)

Ph.D. in Economics (Environmental Economics) from the University of Bath (UK), M.A. Economics at the University of Essex (UK) and B.A. Economics (speciality of International Economics and Development) at the University of Basque Country.
He has worked as an environmental consultant for many years for both public and private clients such as the World Bank, the Department for International Development of the British Government or the Basque Government. He was co-founder of a consultancy company.
Ibon taught microeconomics and macroeconomics at the University of Bath and Economic Policy at the University of Deusto.
During July 2005 and May 2009, he was the Deputy Minister for the Environment of the Basque Government, Vicepresident of IHOBE and member of the board of the Ente Vasco de la Energía (EVE). While in this position he was in charge of the preparation of the Environmental Framework Programme 2007-2010, the Basque Plan to combat Climate Change 2008-2012 or the Contaminated Soil Plan 2007-2012 among others. Regarding the International sphere, he was the Deputy Co-Chair of the Network of Regional Governments on Sustainable Development (nrg4sd) from 2005-2008 and has actively participated in the CoP 11, CoP 12, CoP 13, CoP 14, COP 15 and COP 16.
During 2013-2015 he was the Deputy Director of BC3.

Personal profile: http://www.bc3research.org/en/ibon_galarraga.html

Pedro Linares (University of Comillas)

Pedro Linares is Professor of Industrial Engineering at the ICAI School of Engineering and co-founder and Director of Economics for Energy. He is also research affiliate at the Institute for Technology Research (IIT) and the BP Chair on Energy and Sustainability, and Research Associate at MIT-CEEPR. He currently serves as Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs at Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid. He holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from U. Politécnica, Madrid. His research focuses on the relationship between energy, economics and environment, and specifically on sustainable energy, renewable energy and environmental policy, and multicriteria methods applied to resource allocation. He has published about these issues in the major journals in the field. He has also been a consultant for several private and public institutions in Spain, Europe and Latin America. He has more than 20 years experience in working with public institutions (European Commission, Spanish Energy Commission, Spanish Government) and with private companies (Iberdrola, Gas Natural Fenosa, Endesa, Acciona, Red Electrica, Enagas). His consultancy has been mostly on developing future energy scenarios (including adaptation to climate change); on assessing the costs and benefits of smart grids, and demand response programs; and on the assessment and design of climate and renewable energy policies.

 

Personal profile: https://www.iit.comillas.edu/~pedrol/home.html

Iñigo Losada (IH Cantabria and IPCC)

Iñigo Losada is the Research Director at IH Cantabria. He has also been Director of the Department of Water and Environmental Sciences and Techniques (2000-2003) and is Professor of Hydraulic Engineering at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of Cantabria. He holds a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Cantabria and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware (USA) where he worked as a researcher at the Center for Applied Coastal Research from 1989 to 1992. Iñigo has been lead researcher in projects within the Spanish National Plan, the European Union and other international research agencies. He has also led over 50 transfer projects for the United Nations, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Council of Europe and several national and international companies and public administrations. He is lead researcher of the Unique Scientific and Technological Infrastructure “Cantabria Coastal and Ocean Basin”. His work has received various national and international awards. Among other things, he is the only Spanish “Coordinating Leading Author” of the 5th report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in which he coordinates the section on impacts and adapting to climate change in coastal areas.

Personal profile: http://www.ihcantabria.com/en/ips/item/401-inigo-losada/401-inigo-losada

Anil Markandya (BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change and IPCC)

Professor Markandya is a resource economist who has worked in this field for over thirty years and is acknowledged as one of the leading authorities. He is the former Scientific Director of BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change.

He graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master of Science in Econometrics in 1968 and was awarded his Ph.D. on the Economics of the Environment in 1975.Since then he has divided his time between academic and advisory work. On the academic side he has published widely in the areas of climate change, environmental valuation, environmental policy, energy and environment, green accounting, macroeconomics and trade. Some of his best-known works include, ´Blueprint for a Green Economy’, ´Green Accounting in Europe’, ´Reconciling Trade and Development’ and ´Cleaning the Ganges’.He has held academic positions at the universities of Princeton, Berkeley and Harvard in the US and at University College London and Bath University in the UK.He was a lead author for Chapters of the 3rd and 4th IPCC Assessment Reports on Climate Change.Professor Markandya has worked extensively on climate change and energy and environment issues and has received a number of awards.He was one of the core team that drafted the IPCC 4th Assessment that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.In 2008 he was nominated by Cambridge University as one of the 50 most influential thinkers on sustainability in the world.Professor Markandya has also been an advisor to many national and international organizations, including all the international development banks, UNDP, the EU and the governments of India and the UK. At the World Bank he was a Lead Advisor and worked closely on energy and environmental issues with many governments in Asia, Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union.

Personal profile: http://www.bc3research.org/anil_markandya.html

Reinhard Mechler (IIASA)

Reinhard Mechler has more than 15 years of experience working on the economics of disaster risk and resilience, risk modeling and climate change. He currently is deputy director of the Risk and Resilience (RISK) research program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He is also a visiting professor at the University of Graz, as well as a senior lecturer at the University for Economics and Business in Vienna. His research interests comprise catastrophe risk modeling, understanding the nexus between extreme events, climate change and development, the role of resilience in disaster risk management, innovative risk financing mechanisms for sharing disaster risks, and policy instruments for climate mitigation and adaptation. He acted as a lead author on the IPCC’s special report on adaptation to extreme events (SREX) and on the IPCC’s 5th assessment report (working group II). He has been leading and contributing to many international research and consultancy projects.

Areas of expertise: Economics of natural disaster risk management and adaptation, disaster risk sharing instruments and insurance, systems modelling, climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, development economics, ecological economics.

Personal profile: http://www.iiasa.ac.at/staff/staff.php?type=auto&visibility=visible&search=true&login=mechler

Marc Neumann (BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change and Ikerbasque)

Marc Neumann is Ikerbasque Research Professor and Ramón y Cajal Fellow at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3).
Marc holds a doctorate in Environmental Engineering from ETH Zurich (2007).  He was Postdoctoral Fellow at Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Sciences and Technology) and at University Laval with the Canada Research Chair on Water Quality Modelling. His research background is in mathematical modelling of urban water systems.
Current research focuses on uncertainty analysis for i) the development of planning strategies for infrastructure systems under dynamics of long-term change, and ii) environmental modelling for climate change mitigation and adaptation with a focus on uncertainty- and sensitivity analysis.

Personal profile: www.bc3research.org/en/marc_neumann.html

Marta Olazabal (BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change)

Marta Olazabal is post-doctoral researcher at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3). She is Chemical Engineer by training specialized in Environment (School of Engineering of Bilbao, 2004). Combining work and studies, Marta gained an MSc on Environmental Engineering in 2009 and a PhD in the Department of Land Economy of the University of Cambridge in 2014. Marta has undertaken scientific stays in research institutes of Germany (IÖR, Dresden), The Netherlands (IVAM, Amsterdam) and United Kingdom (University of Newcastle, School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, Newcastle upon Tyne). In 2011, she co-funded the Urban Resilience Young Researchers Network (URBNet) and she is also member of other international networks related to cities and resilience. Working mainly within the local scale, Marta collaborates in different national and international projects. Applying both quantitative and qualitative methods, her research aims to facilitate governance towards urban sustainability and resilience in the context of climate change.
Personal Profile: http://www.bc3research.org/en/marta_olazabal.html

Teresa Ribera (IDDRI)

Teresa Ribera is the Director of the Institute for sustainable development and international relations (IDDRI), an independent policy research institute which aims at fostering the transition to sustainable development and prosperity for all, especially through four key agendas: climate, biodiversity and ecosystems, ocean and governance of sustainable development.

Teresa Ribera was Secretary of State for climate change in Spain’s Government between 2008 and 2011, responsible for environment and climate policies as well as the national meteorological agency. In earlier years, she was Director-General for climate (2004-2008) and held different positions in the ministries of Public Works, Transportation and Environment (1996-2004).

She chairs the Advisory Board of the Momentum for Change UNFCCC Initiative. In January 2017 she was appointed by the Swedish Government as a member of the Board of the Stockholm Environment Institute. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Climate, and of SDSN’s Global Leadership Council.

Teresa Ribera graduated in Law, holds the diploma in constitutional law and political science of the Centro de Estudios Constitucionales (Spain) and belongs to the Cuerpo Superior de Administradores Civiles del Estado. She has been assistant professor in public law in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Personal profile: www.iddri.org/Iddri/Equipe/Ribera

Maria José Sanz (BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change and IPCC)

Prof,. Maria José Sanz is the Scientific Director of BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change  since January 2016.
Prof. Sanz holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the Universidad de Valencia (1991) and has expertise in several scientific areas like Ecophysiology, Air pollution effects, lower and higher plants, Atmospheric dynamics and chemistry, Nitrogen and carbon cycles, Greenhouse Gasses and other related gases, Green house gas inventories, LULUCF and REDD+.
She has been strongly involved in the policy dimension of Climate Change, guiding political decisions carried out at centres such as the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation) or the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). She has an expertise on multilateral processes, regulatory frameworks, policy measures and instruments of Climate Change Policy, and led the implementation of different programmes with a multidisciplinary-based approach.
Among other appointments, Prof. Sanz was a member of the Spanish Delegation and Advisor to the Ministry of Environment for Climate Change Negotiations (2000 – 2007), and member of the CDM Executive Board, representing Europe in 2007.

Personal profile: http://www.bc3research.org/es/marijose_sanz.html

Gonzalo Saenz de Miera (Climate Change Director at Iberdrola)
  • Gonzalo Sáenz de Miera holds Ph.D in Applied Economics by the UAM
  • He is Director of Climate Change of Iberdrola,
  • President of the Spanish Association of Energy Economics
  • Vice-President of the Green Growth Spanish Group
  • Director of the MBA in Energy Business at Enerclub

He is an expert in the energy, economy, and climate change and environment fields

Personal profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gonzalo-saenz-de-miera-0283655

Eisa Sainz de Murieta (BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change)

Elisa Sainz de Murieta holds a PhD in Geological Sciences (Geo-economics) from the University of the Basque Country (2016). Her thesis dissertation assessed the environmental and economic impacts of sea-level rise on the Basque Coast.Elisa obtained a BSc. in Geological Sciences from the University of the Basque Country in 2001 and then she moved to Madrid to study a Master course in Environmental Engineering and Management at the School of Industrial Organization in Madrid. In 2002 she joined an industrial business group, where she was in charge of quality management related issues, and in 2005 she was appointed General Director of Biodiversity of the Basque Government. After working as a policy-maker, in 2009 she decided to explore the world of the academia and started a new Master course on Quaternary and Environmental Change studies. Elisa joined the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) In 2010 with the aim of developing her PhD. During her period at BC3, she has also been involved in several research projects related to the economics of adaptation and the economic valuation of ecosystem services (e.g. Climbe, Econadapt).Her current main interests are related to exploring the science-climate policy interface, as well as assessing the impacts and adaptation policies for coastal areas. She is also interested in the Anthropocene and the facts behind this potential new geological epoch.
Personal profile: http://www.bc3research.org/es/elisa_sainz_de_murieta.html

Peter Wadhams (University of Cambridge)

Peter Wadhams ScD (born 14 May 1948), is professor of Ocean Physics, and Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group, in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. He is best known for his work on sea ice, polar oceanography and polar climate change.
Wadhams has been the leader of more than 50 polar field expeditions, using submarines, aircraft, icebreakers and ice camps as bases for studying sea ice and its changes. He was the first to observe thinning of sea ice in the Arctic. He has recently published a book on Arctic climate change feedbacks, “A Farewell to Ice”, in which he advocates the use of climate engineering to mitigate climate change, because of the rapidity of present warming.

Awards of Prof. Peter Wadhams include – 1977 W. S. Bruce Medal for his oceanographic investigations, especially in studying the behaviour of pack ice near Spitsbergen, the North Pole and off east Greenland. [3] – 1987 Polar Medal – Fellowship of Finnish Academy of Arts and Sciences.

 

Personal profile: http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/pw11/

Chairs of the sessions

Maria José Sanz (BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change)/Chair Session: Day 1
Elisa Sainz de Murieta (BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change)/Chair Session: Day 2
Mikel González-Eguino (BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change)/Chair Session: Day 3

Directors of the Summer School

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Mikel González-Eguino
BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change

Mikel González-Eguino is a senior researcher at BC3 (Basque Centre for Climate Change). He has a PhD in Economics (University of the Basque Country, 2006) and a degree in Engineering (University of Deusto, 2001). His main interests lie in the fields of environmental, energy and climate change economics and in the intersection of economics with other natural sciences. His work has been published in several of the leading journals in economics and environmental sciences. He has worked on environmental and economy-related issues for Basque and Spanish institutions and led various scientific projects funded by the European Commission. His doctoral thesis won him the Enrique Fuentes Quintana prize (FUNCAS, 2006). Since 2013 he has been the coordinator of the Low Carbon Research Line at BC3 and, he is currently the Lead Researcher on the TRANSrisk (H2020) project.

Personal profile: http://www.bc3research.org/en/mikel_gonzalez.html

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Alberto Ansuategi UPV/EHU
University of the Basque Country

Alberto Ansuategi is Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Economics from the University of York (Department of Environmental Economics and Environmental Management).

Currently he is a member of the Institute of Public Economics and Associate Professor in the Department of Economic Analysis I, UPV / EHU and Director of the Low Carbon Programme, joint research initiative between the UPV / EHU and the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3).

His main research interests and publications in international journals include contributions to the analysis of the relationship between economic growth and environmental quality, management of fisheries resources and the use of economic instruments to promote energy efficiency and tackling climate change.

Personal profile: www.ehu.eus/aansuategi/

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