Paul Ekins is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London. He is also Deputy Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, and the UKERC Co-Director leading on its Energy Resources theme. He is a member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) and a Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Brussels-based expert platform Green Budget Europe. His academic work focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy. He is the author of numerous papers, book-chapters and articles in a wide range of journals, and has written or edited twelve books, including Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability: the Prospects for Green Growth (Routledge, London, 2000) and Environmental Tax Reform: A Policy for Green Growth (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011). In 1994 Paul Ekins received a Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’ from the United Nations Environment Programme. In 2015 he was awarded an OBE in the UK’s New Year’s Honours List for services to environmental policy.
Yacov Tsur is the Ruth Ochberg Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the Department of Environmental Economics and Management, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984. His research deals with natural resource management under uncertainty and catastrophic threats, with a particular focus on water resources. Professor Tsur publishes widely in economic outlets and has been actively involved in advising Israel’s Water Authority and the World Bank on issues concerning the use of market-based instruments in water resources management and regulation.
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