In 1999 I received my PhD and won a 5-year scholarship by the NWO. I visited Oslo, 2006, by invitation from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. From 2006 to 2009, I held a chair in Environmental Economics at the Economics Department, University of Manchester, UK. Since 2009, I am Professor of Economics at Tilburg University. From 2011 to 2014, I was Coordinating Lead Author of the fifth assessment report of the IPCC, WGIII, and was joint Head of the Economics Department from 2015 to 2019. From September 2021 onwards I have been vice dean research at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management.
I have published mostly in economic journals on climate policies and green innovation. I consider the energy transition towards fossil-free as obviously necessary, even if our policies are too little too late. I am pleased to see that Europe is at the world forefront. My current research also looks at the next big transition, towards circularity.