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The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) was founded in 1960. ESRI research has made a vital contribution to the Irish national debate on economic and social issues, including environment and energy, over the past 40 years. The ESRI enjoys full academic independence and has a statutory obligation to publish all research results. The fundamental aim of the ESRI is to bring the latest thinking in economics and the social sciences to the actual and potential problems of Irish society. The ESRI’s goals are academic excellence, objectivity, relevance to policy, and widespread dissemination of results. The Standing Committee for the Social Sciences of the European Science Foundation, in its submission to the European Commission on future policy towards the European Research Area, cites the ESRI as one of six "internationally renowned centres for advanced research in the social sciences" in Europe. The ESRI is widely recognised as the foremost research institute in applied economics in Ireland, and indeed economics in general (Ruane and Tol, 2007, Economic and Social Review 38). IDEAS/RePEc includes the ESRI in its Top 20 Economic Think Tanks in the world. The ESRI’s publications are widely cited by policy makers.


Tasks attributed: Socio-economic aspects of Arctic Transport and Tourism, Socio-economic costs and benefits of Arctic Transport (or Shipping), Socio-economic developments of Arctic Tourism


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Richard S.J. Tol is a Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin; and the Professor of the Economics of Climate Change, Institute for Environmental Studies and Department of Spatial Economics, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Formerly, he was the Michael Otto Professor of Sustainability and Global Change at Hamburg University and an Adjunct Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. He received an M.Sc. in econometrics (1992) and a Ph.D. in economics (1997) from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He has had visiting appointments at the Canadian Centre for Climate Research, University of Victoria, British Colombia, and the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment, University College London, and the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Department of Economics, Princeton University. He is ranked among the top 200 economists in the world, and has 162 publications in learned journals (with 108 co-authors), 3 books, 5 major reports, 37 book chapters, and many minor publications. He specialises in the economics of energy, environment, and climate, and is interested in integrated assessment modelling. He is an editor for Energy Economics, and an associate editor of Economics. He is advisor and referee of national and international policy and research. He is an author (contributing, lead, principal and convening) of Working Groups I, II and III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, shared winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007; an author and editor of the UNEP Handbook on Methods for Climate Change Impact Assessment and Adaptation Strategies; and a GTAP Research Fellow. He is actively involved in the European Climate Forum, the European Forum on Integrated Environmental Assessment, and the Energy Modeling Forum.