Member of Editorial Board of Italian Journal of Regional Science
Member of Editorial Board of Papers in Regional Science
Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Urban Economics
Member of Advisory Board of European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research
Cees Withagen, member of editorial board of Environmental and Resource Economics Awards and nominations 2001-2004 Henri de Groot is NAKE Fellow. (2002).
Groot, H.L.F. de & Tang, P.J.G. (2002). The impact of ageing on international capital flows in a heterogeneous world with imperfect capital mobility. Best Paper Award: Taiwan.
The Royal Shell Prize 2002 was awarded to professor Jeroen van den Bergh. He received the prize for his research in the field of sustainable development, the environment, and natural resources. He was unanimously chosen by the members of the jury and received the amount of 100,000 Euro.
The "Handbook of Environmental and Resource Economics", edited by prof.dr. J.C.J.M. van den Bergh (Regional Economics) was awarded the "Outstanding Academic Title" by the American journal "Choice Magazine".
The European Regional Science Association (ERSA) has awarded the first European prizes in Regional Science to Professor P. Nijkamp (VU) and Professor J. Paelinck (Erasmus University). The jury's choice is not only a mark of honour to these two scientists, but evidence as well, of the strength of the field of Regional Science in the Netherlands.
In February Professor Peter Nijkamp received an honorary doctorate from the National Technical University of Athens.
The Regional Science Association International awarded Professor Peter Nijkamp the Founder's Medal on April 15, 2004 in South Africa. Peter Nijkamp - chairman of the NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research - received this prize for his innovative contributions to all fields of regional economics and for his international leadership. The Founderâ€™s Medal is the highest academic award in the field of regional science and was awarded only 15 times in the 50 years of the existence of the RSAI.
7. Analysis, perspectives and expectations for the research programme The research group has succeeded in mobilising substantial additional resources for fundamental and applied research. This includes a number of projects funded by the Netherlands Research Council (NWO) in the fields of transport economics, environmental economics, climate change, etc. The group is also active in a variety of sixth Framework projects sponsored by the EU on regional and transportation research. Finally the research group has secured extensive funding in the Dutch BSIK programme in themes such as geoinformatics, sustainable transport, land use and climate change and innovative land use. In addition to the research resources the group receives from the faculty, this provides a solid basis for the realisation of the strategy formulated under 1. A considerable number of PhD students will complete their dissertation during the coming years.
Environmental Economics (2003-) Programme Description The Environmental Economics programme studies economic questions that relate to environmental externalities and sustainable development. It seeks to combine scientific and policy relevance. The programme is economic in nature but explicitly recognizes the necessity to integrate economics with insights from other disciplines, notably natural sciences. The research can be divided into four core themes, indicated by the key words 'dematerialization', evolution, globalization, and nature policy.
1. Leadership Programme coordinators: Prof.dr. J.C.J.M. van den Bergh and Prof.dr. C.A.A.M. Withagen
2. Strategy and Policy The ‘Environmental Economics’ research programme studies economic questions that relate to environmental externalities and sustainable development. The programme is economic in nature but explicitly recognises the necessity to integrate economics and other disciplines, notably natural sciences. The research can be divided into four core themes:
Dematerialization, growth and sustainability indicators
Technology, transition and evolution.
Globalisation, space and environmental policy.
Valuation and modelling of natural resources.
1. Dematerialization, growth and sustainability indicators
Several important environmental problems, such as waste disposal, the enhanced greenhouse effect and acidification, are linked to the flows of materials and energy through the economy. Theoretical and empirical analyses of physical flows through the economy are performed to derive policy suggestions for structural (sectoral) change, waste treatment, recycling and dematerialization. The research includes the application of structural decomposition analysis, international trade in secondary materials, and the relationship between ICT and dematerialization. This theme is also concerned with critically evaluating and improving measures of sustainability, such as green and sustainable national income.
This implies a slight change in emphasis with regard to the previous period. Especially the themes ‘transition’,‘evolution’ and ‘environmental policy’ (in connection with the Porter hypothesis) receive more attention now.
2. Technology, transition and evolution
Sustainable development cannot be achieved without major changes in technology in general. In the Netherlands, recently much attention has been given to the notion of transitions as major system innovations to realize sustainable energy provision, agriculture and transport. Evolutionary economics and modelling are being applied to increase our understanding of the nature, composition and stages in transitions. This is based on a mix of theoretical and empirical research as well as policy evaluation.
This theme includes a combination of spatial and international economics topics that relate to environmental policy. An important line of research addresses regional sustainability and sustainable trade. An additional important question is whether environmental policy can actually create a double dividend and Porter-like advantages in an international setting, in the sense of simultaneously reducing environmental problems and creating cost advantages. This is resolved through empirical analysis. Part of this research occurs on the boundary of environmental and spatial economics, and involves cooperation with other members of the Department of Spatial Economics.
4. Valuation and modelling of natural resources
The research covers a number of specific themes, such as biodiversity in wetlands, climate change and insurance, and overexploitation of common pool resources. In addition, monetary valuation using of ecosystem management schemes is undertaken, with an application to the two most important and largest nature areas, namely the Dutch ‘Waddenzee’ and the ‘Veluwe’. Contingent valuation and choice experiments are being used for this purpose. Hedonic pricing techniques in combination with spatial econometrics are also used to collect information about the demand side of nature recreation and the impact of ecosystems -in particular wetlands- on housing prices. Finally, evolutionary economics is applied to understand problems and spontaneous solutions in common dilemma’s, among others, related to exploitation of natural resources like fisheries, forests, water and grazing lands. This focuses on modelling of coevolving groups, making use of cultural group selection theory.
3. Academic Reputation - Jeroen van den Bergh is member of the editorial board of the following journals: Ecological Economics, Regional Environmental Change, International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, International Journal of Global Environmental Issue, Milieu – Tijdschrift voor Milieukunde (until transition to European journal in 2004).
member of the Energy Council of the Netherlands (‘Algemene Energieraad’) (since December 2003).
- He is chairman of the NWO research programme (‘stimuleringsprogramma’) “Vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation: social science research on climate change” (since 2003).
- He is
several times ranked in a listing of the 30 most cited Dutch economists, by “ESB”: in 2003 ranked at position 20.
- Cees Withagen is member of the editorial board of Environmental and Resource Economics
- He is Conseil Scientifique Ministère de Recherche (France). Evaluation committee for French research proposals on sustainable development.
- He is
member of the programme committee Meeting of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 2001 and 2003.
- He is member of the programme committee Russian Society for Ecological Economics 2005.
Additional members of the research programme, namely Raymond Florax, Henri de Groot, Peter Nijkamp and Piet Rietveld, have a very good academic reputation. Indications of this are provided in a parallel evaluation of the research programme “Regional economics and networks”, of which they are members as well.
4. Research Staff
Key Publications 1. Nunes, P.A.L.D. & Schokkaert, E. (2003). Identifying the warm glow effect in contingent valuation. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 45, 231-245.
2. Groot, F., Withagen C., & Zeeuw, A. de (2003). Strong time-consistency in the cartel-versus-fringe model. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control vol.28: 287-306.
3. Noailly, J., Bergh, J.C.J.M.van den, & Withagen, C.A. (2003). Evolution of harvesting strategies: replicator and resource dynamics. Journal of Evolutionary Economics 13(2): 183-200.
4. Smulders, S., Soest, D. van & Withagen, C. (2004). International trade, species diversity, and habitat conservation. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management vol. 48: 891-910.
5. Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den, Barendregt, A. & Gilbert, A. (2004). Spatial Ecological-Economic Analysis for Wetland Management. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
2001: Academic Publications In Journals Ayres, R.U., Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den & Gowdy, J.M. (2001). Strong versus weak sustainability: economics, natural sciences and 'consilience'. Environmental ethics, 23(1), 155-168.
Baaijens, S.R. & Nijkamp, P. (2001). Meta-analytic Methods for Comparative and Exploratory Policy Research: An Application to the Assessment of Regional Tourist Multipliers. Journal of Policy Modelling, 22(7), 821-858.
Bal, F. & Nijkamp, P. (2001). In Search of Valid Results in a Complex Economic Environment: The Potential of Meta-Analysis and Value Transfer. European Journal of Operational Research, 128, 364-384.
Beers, C. van & Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den (2001). Perseverance of perverse subsidies and their impact on trade and the environment. Ecological Economics, 36(3), 475-486.
Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den & Veen-Groot, D. (2001). Constructing aggregate environmental-economic indicators: a comparison of 12 OECD countries. Environmental economics and policy studies, 4(1), 1-16.
Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den (2001). Ecological economics: themes, approaches and differences with environmental economics. Regional Environmental Change, 2(1), 13-23.
Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den, Barendregt, A., Gilbert, A.J., Herwijnen, M. van, Horssen, P. van, Kandelaars, P.P.A.A.H. & Lorenz, C.M. (2001). Spatial economic-hydroecological modelling and evaluation of land use impact in the Vecht wetlands area. Environmental Modelling and Assessment, 6(2), 87-100.
Beukering, P.J.H. van & Janssen, M.A. (2001). Trade and recycling of used tyres in Western and Eastern Europe. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 235-265.
Geremia, M., Nijkamp, P., Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den & Verhoef, E.T. (2001). Comparison, synthesis and outlook of spatial energy and transport research in Europe: a meta-perspective. The International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 1(3), 338-361.
Groot, H.L.F. de, Verhoef, E.T. & Nijkamp, P. (2001). Energy saving by firms: decision making, barriers and policies. EnergyEconomics, 23(6), 717-740.
Heerink, N., Mulatu Gessesse, A. & Bulte, E. (2001). Income inequality and the environment: aggregation bias in environmental Kuznets curves. Ecological Economics, 38(3), 359-367.
Heide, C.M. van der (2001). Spatial optimization for managed ecosystems. [Bespreking van: Hof, J., Bevers, M., Spatial optimization for managed ecosystems Uitg.: Columbia University Press, New York (2001)]. Ecological Economics, 36, 535-536.
Jager, W., Janssen, M.A. & Vlek, C.A.J. (2001). Experimentation with household dynamics: the consumat approach. International Journal of Sustainable Development, 4, 90-100.
Jager, W. & Janssen, M.A. (2001). Homo Oeconomicus und Homo Psychologicus zwischen Fisch und Gold. Oekologisches Wirtschaften, 2, 14-17.
Janssen, M.A. (2001). An explorative integrated model to assess lake eutrophication. Ecological Modelling, 140, 111-124.
Janssen, M.A. (2001). An immune system perspective on ecosystem management. Conservation Ecology, 5(1).
Janssen, M.A., Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den, Beukering, P.J.H. van & Hoekstra, R. (2001). Changing industrial metabolism: methods for analysis. Population & Environment, 23, 139-156.
Janssen, M.A. & Jager, W. (2001). Fashions, habits and changing preferences: a simulation of psychological factors. Journal of Economic Psychology, 22, 745-772.
Janssen, M.A. (2001). Sequential optimization of integrated climate change models. Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 6(54), 477-489.
Kandelaars, P.P.A.A.H. & Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den (2001). A survey of material flows in economic models. International Journal of Sustainable Development, 4(3), 282-203.
Mulder, P. & Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den (2001). Evolutionary economic theories of sustainable development. Growth & Change, 32(1), 110-134.
Nijkamp, P., Ursem, M. & Pepping, J. (2001). A comparative study on energy use and environmental policy in Dutch cities. The International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 1(3), 304-312.
Nijkamp, P., Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den & Verhoef, E.T. (2001). Comparative research on spatial quality in Europe: motivation and approach. The International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 1(3), 203-208.
Nijkamp, P., Rodenburg, C.A., Ubbels, B.J. & Veen-Groot, D. (2001). Driving forces and threats for sustainable transport. Built Environment, 26(3), 236-257.
Nijkamp, P., Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den & Verhoef, E.T. (2001). Environmental quality in European space: a cross-European comparative study of transport and energy. The International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 1(3), 203-261.
Nijkamp, P. & Vindigni, G. (2001). Spatial environmental evaluation of alternative EU agricultural scenarios for Mediterranean countries. Journal of Environmental Systems, 28(1), 71-90.
Nijkamp, P., Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den & Verhoef, E.T. (2001). Spatial quality in Europe. The International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 1(3).
Nijkamp, P., Rodenburg, C.A. & Verhoef, E.T. (2001). The adaption and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies among firms. The International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 1(1), 87-103.
Nunes, P.A.L.D. & Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den (2001). Monetary valuation of biodiversity: sense or nonsense? Ecological Economics, 39(2), 203-222.
Rodenburg, C.A. & Nijkamp, P. (2001). Knelpunten bij de ontwikkeling van saneringslocaties, een vergelijkende casestudie analyse van verontreinigde gebieden. Bodem, 11(3), 89-92.
Schipper, J.J.Y., Nijkamp, P. & Rietveld, P. (2001). Aircraft noise valuation studies and meta-analysis. The International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 1(3), 317-320.
Ubbels, B.J., Rodenburg, C.A. & Nijkamp, P. (2001). Globalisation and transport. Change, 55, 13-15.
Veen-Groot, D., Nijkamp, P. & Bergh, J.C.J.M. van den (2001). A scenario study of globalization impacts on international transport and the environment: an application to the Dutch paper industry. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 44(1), 21-40.
Veen-Groot, D. & Nijkamp, P. (2001). Globalization, international transport and the global environment: a Dutch perspective. International Journal of Sustainable Development, 3(4), 344-357.
Vuuren, D.J. van, Rietveld, P. & Bruinsma, F.R. (2001). Spatial graduation of fuel taxes; Consequences for cross-border and domestic fuelling. Transportation Research A, 35(5), 433-457.
Withagen, C.A.A.M. & Vellinga, N. (2001). Endogenous growth and the environment. Growth and change, 32, 92-109.