2019 Summer School: 6-10 July 2019

Registration period: open from 12 April until 1 July 2019
3 days
Academic Validity:
Official Language: English

Faculty of the Summer School


Alina Averchenkova

Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics

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.

Personal profile: http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/profile/alina-averchenkova/

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Christoph Böhringer

University of Oldenburg, Senior Researchere

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.

Personal website: https://uol.de/en/economics/economic-policy/persons/prof-dr-boehringer/


Ioan Fazey

University of Wales, Bangor

Dr. Philippart is Lead investigator and Deputy head of the Department of Coastal Systems at NIOZ, and is also Associate Professor at the University of Utrecht. She is Doctor in the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural University in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Her expertise is in the areas of coastal ecology, long-term changes Wadden Sea foodweb, pelagic and benthic microalgae and bivalves (larvae), comparative analyses in Wadden systems, and impacts of climate change and eutrophication.

Ioan Fazey holds a MSc in Ecology (University of Wales, Bangor) and PhD on Understanding the Role and Value of Experience for Environmental Conservation (The Australian National University). He is currently Director of the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) at the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute (see https://www.dundee.ac.uk/cechr/) and Professor in Social Dimensions of Environmental Change. CECHR works across different schools and units to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and activities for research and practice associated with environment and sustainability. He also works to promote research more widely on sustainability and transformation.

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Pedro Linares

Universidad Pontificia 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.


Iñigo Losada
IH Cantabria

Iñigo Losada is a Coastal Engineering Professor affiliated with the School of Civil Engineering of the University of Cantabria in Spain. Currently he is also Director of Research of the Environmental Hydraulics Institute “IH Cantabria” where he served as founding Director from 2007-2011. Prof. Losada holds a PhD from the University of Cantabria and a PhD from the University of Delaware where he held a Research Assistant position in the Center for Applied Coastal Research. His research interests have been mostly devoted to wave modeling with special emphasis on wave and structure interaction, met-ocean climate and over the last decade climate change and marine renewable energy, combining field data analysis and both numerical and physical modeling. He has been coordinating projects on climate change risk and adaptation for the WB, UN, IDB, IFC, UNDP in over 20 countries. Losada has co-authored over 150 publications and edited the Coastal Structures Proceedings in 1999. From 2010-2014 he served as Coordinating Leading Author of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report on Climate Change and is currently a Lead Author in the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). In 2012 he chaired the ASCE International Coastal Engineering Conference and became a member of the ASCE Coastal Engineering Research Council in 2014. He is Editor-in-Chief of Coastal Engineering (ELSEVIER) since 2014 and a member of the PIANC WG178 on climate change adaptation for port and navigation infrastructure. Prof. Losada has been the recipient of several national and international awards.

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

Joan David Tabara

Joan David Tabara

Environmental Sciences and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB)

J. David Tàbara is Associate Senior researcher working on knowledge integration for sustainability at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). He is also a member of the Global Climate Forum (www.globalclimateforum.org) of the Quality Research Group on Water, Land use, Tourism and Sustainability (http://geografia.uab.es/grats/) at UAB and a member of the Board of the Catalan Experts’ Group on Climate Change. He obtained his Phd in the field of environmental sociology in 1995 at the University of Barcelona and holds Degrees in Economics, Environmental Economics and Business Administration. He also holds the Research Professorship Habilitation provided by Agency for the Quality of Catalan Universities System.


Gonzalo Saenz de Miera

Asociación Española de Economía Energética, Presidente

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

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Elisa 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.

Bernhard Schiessl

CICERO, Advisor

Bernhard W. Schiessl is an Advisor in Climate Finance with an interdisciplinary background in physics, international affairs, sustainable finance, analysis and advocacy. Prior to joining CICERO, he was awarded the German/Swiss Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs where he was focusing on international climate politics and climate finance in different political contexts. He was seconded as a Policy Analyst to UNDP China and UNDP Sri Lanka and as a Consultant to ClimateWorks Foundation in San Francisco. Prior, he gained professional experience at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the North Carolina State University and the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics. He completed a Joint-Master degree in physics at Technical University of Munich and Denmark’s Technical University in Copenhagen focusing on renewable and alternative energy solutions.


Swenja Surminski

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Swenja is Head of Adaptation Research at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, part of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), overseeing social science research projects on climate adaptation, Loss and Damage of climate change, and disaster risk finance with a geographic scope ranging from the UK to developing countries. Swenja’s research is investigating climate risk management and resilience strategies focusing on public policies, financial instruments and individual behaviour through a mix of inter-disciplinary approaches, integrating concepts from geography, climate science, economics and governance studies.

Directors of the Summer School


Alberto Ansuategi Cobo

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) and sponsored by the Repsol Foundation. His main research 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. As for his participation in research projects and networks at European level on issues related to marine economy it should highlighted his participation in the ELME project between 2012 and 2014.

Personal website: http://www.ehu.eus/aansuategi/


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: https://www.bc3research.org/en/ibon_galarraga.html


8 July 2019

09:00 – 09:15

Opening Ceremony

09:15 – 10:00

“Current challenges in climate science and policy”

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

10:00 – 11:00

“Positive tipping points in a rapidly warming world”

Joan David Tabara (Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology, UAB, Barcelona)

11:00 – 11:40

Coffee break


“Transformation in a Changing Climate”

Ioan Fazey University of Dundee (Director of the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience)

13:10 – 14:00

Round table: “Transformational change for a 1.5 degree global warming”

17:00 – 19:30

Social Event

9 July 2019

09:15 – 10:15

“Urban Development and Finance”

Bernhard Schiessl (CICERO Center for International Climate Research)

10:15 – 11:15

“Urban adaptation to sea level rise”

Iñigo Losada (IH Cantabria)

11:15 – 11:50

Coffee break

11:50 – 12:40

“Challenges of flood resilience in cities”

Swenja Surminski (GRI/LSE, UK – Head Adaptation Research)

12:40 – 14:00

Round table: “Transformative adaptation pathways in cities”

15:30 – 17:30


10 July 2019

09:15 – 10:05

“Assessing the potential and costs of reducing energy demand”

Pedro Linares (Universidad Pontificia de Comillas)

10:05 – 11:00

Is decarbonisation of the energy sector in Spain viable?

Gonzalo Saenz de Miera (Iberdrola)

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:20

Towards Paris-compatible climate governance frameworks

Alina Averchenkova (GRI/LSE)

12:20 – 13:10

The Role of Economic Modelling for the Low Carbon Transition

Christoph Böhringer (University of Oldenburg)

13:10 – 14:00

Round table: “Strategies for accelerated climate mitigation”

Moderator: Ibon Galarraga Gallastegui (BC3- Basque Centre for Climate Change)

14:00 – 14:15

“Institutional Closing session”

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