Keynote Speakers

Professor Sjak Smulders (Tilburg University)

Sjak Smulders is professor of economics at Tilburg University, Department of Economics and Tilburg Sustainability Centre. He is also a CESifo Research Network Fellow research and International Research Fellow at the Kiel Institute.

He acted as advisor to the World Bank and OECD on the issues of Green Growth and Inclusive Growth. He previously held the Svare Chair in Energy System Analysis at the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and the Economy at the University of Calgary, Canada. He was a fellow of Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences and a visiting professor at Stanford University.

Smulders’ research examines the impact of environmental and energy policies on economic growth as well as the sources of economic growth in a variety of contexts. He has analysed under what conditions economic growth can be sustained without deteriorating environmental quality. Recent work has focused on the question whether the stimulation of technological change can reduce the cost of environmental policies in general and the cost of climate change and energy conservation policies in particular. Most of the work is based on small analytical models in the endogenous growth tradition. Other interests include public economics, economic history, and international trade.

Professor Xavier Labandeira (University of Vigo)

Xavier Labandeira is professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Vigo and also belong to Rede, a university research group that deals with the economic aspects of innovation, energy and the environment. He teaches public and environmental economics and was coordinated of the Master’s degree in Management of Sustainable Development until 2014. He is also professor (part-time) at the European University Institute, in Florence, where he is the director of the Florence School of Regulation-Climate. 

His research lies in the boundaries between public, energy and environmental economics. His work has been published in the leading academic journals of the field and he regularly participate in conferences and workshops, in many cases as the organizing host. He has led many research projects, both public and privately funded, and enjoyed several research stays at different universities abroad. Moreover, he has been a lead author of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the elaboration of its Fifth Assessment Report (released in April 2014).
Xavier Labandeira is a director of Economics for Energy, a private research center that specializes in the analysis of energy issues and aims to create and transmit rigorous, neutral and useful knowledge to the different agents of Spanish society. The center is participated by universities, firms and public administrations, and cooperates with analogous international institutions. He is also a coordinator of Ergon, a research consortium to explore in depth the economic aspects of energy efficiency and one of the major collaborative initiatives of Economics for Energy.

última atualização a 12-04-2016
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