Jeroen van den Bergh

Jeroen van den Bergh

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Social & Behavioural Sciences

ICREA Research Professor at Institute of Environmental Science & Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Honorary Professor of Environmental & Resource Economics in School of Economics & Business and Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam (VUA). Editor-in-chief of journal Environmental Innovation & Societal Transitions. Previously, full professor of Environmental Economics (1997-2007) at VUA. A Master degree in Econometrics & Operations Research from Tilburg University, and a PhD from VUA. His work is much cited, indicated by more than 23,000 citations in Google Scholar. He received the Royal Shell Prize 2002, IEC's (Sant Jordi) Environmental Prize 2011, an ERC Advanced Grant in 2017, and an honorary doctorate from the Netherlands’ Open University in 2019. His latest book is 'Human Evolution Beyond Biology and Culture: Evolutionary Social, Environmental and Policy Sciences' (Cambridge University Press).

Research interests

My work is on the interface of environmental economics, climate science and innovation studies. Research in recent years focuses on the design of effective and politically-feasible climate policy that accounts for undesirable systemic impacts, such as energy rebound and international carbon leakage. This involves the application of methods and insights of behavioural and evolutionary economics, operationalized through agent-based modelling. Past work covered integrated ecological-economic modelling, contributions to the growth-versus-environment debate, environmental policies applied to urban-transport issues, biodiversity valuation and policy, modelling of recycling in material-product chains, and international dimensions of environmental policy.

Selected publications

- Galbraith E & van den Bergh J 2020,  'Carbon tax to aid economic recovery'. Nature 581, p.262.

- van den Bergh J et al. (13 authors) 2020, 'A dual-track transition to global carbon pricing', Climate Policy 20(9: 1057-1069.

- van den Bergh J 2020, 'Systemic assessment of urban climate policies worldwide: Decomposing effectiveness into 3 factors', Environmental Science and Policy 114: 35-42.

- van den Bergh J & Botzen W 2020, 'Low-carbon transition improbable without carbon pricing', PNAS USA 177(38): 23219–23220.

- Zeppini P & van den Bergh J 2020, 'Global competition dynamics of fossil fuels and renewable energy under climate policies and peak-oil. Energy Policy 136, 110907.

- Liu F & van den Bergh J 2020, 'Differences in CO2 emissions of solar PV production among technologies and regions: Application to China, EU and USA'. Energy Policy 138, 111234.

- Rengs B, Scholz-Wäckerle M & van den Bergh J 2020, 'Evolutionary macroeconomic assessment of employment and innovation impacts of climate policy packages'. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 169: 332-368.  

- Barrett S, Dasgupta A, Dasgupta P, Adger WN, Anderies J, van den Bergh J, et al. 2020, 'Social dimensions of fertility behavior and consumption patterns in the Anthropocene', PNAS USA, 117(12), 6300-6307.

- van den Bergh J 2020, 'Six policy perspectives on the future of a semi-circular economy', Resources, Conservation & Recycling 160, 104898.

- Castro J, Drews S, Exadaktylos F, Foramitti J,  Klein F, Konc T, Savin I & van den Bergh J 2020, 'A review of agent-based modeling of climate-energy policy', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews - Climate Change 11(4), e647.

- Drews S, Exadaktylos F & van den Bergh J 2020, 'Assessing synergy of incentives and nudges in the energy policy mix'. Energy Policy 144, 111605.