Erik Gómez-Baggethun is a Professor in Environmental Governance at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), and a Senior Visiting Research Associate at the University of Oxford. His research covers various topics in ecological economics with a focus on environmental valuation and governance. He is vice-president of the European Society for Ecological Economics and has participated in initiatives like the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), ‘The economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’ (TEEB), and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
Tibor Hartel is Associate Professor at Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He is interested in the social-ecological understanding of the limits and possibilities of sustainable development in the traditional cultural landscapes of Transylvania (Romania).
- Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Environmental Science Department, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Conservation Biology – Europe Section (2011-2014)
- New edited book: European wood-pastures in transition: a social-ecological approach. 2014, Earthscan from Routledge
- Remarkable Trees of Romania: http://arboriremarcabili.ro/en/
- Interested in our short movie about an ancient wood-pasture? Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXsQ82YbFFI
I do my research work at the Environmental Social Science Research Group (ESSRG), and I teach simultaneously at the Corvinus University of Budapest. I have an MSc in economics and a PhD in environmental sciences.
Carsten Neßhöver works as Deputy Head of the Department of Conservation Biology at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Germany. He holds an MSc and PhD in Geo-ecology from the University of Bayreuth. He earned his PhD in the field of experimental biodiversity and ecosystem functioning research.
His work at UFZ since 2004 focuses on the science-policy interfaces for biodiversity and ecosystem services from national to global level. This work is carried out at UFZ in the interdisciplinary UFZ science-policy-expert group.
Besides working scientifically in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services and on science-policy interfacing, a major part of his work is on consultation services on interface activities and in designing and conducting interface processes.
In Germany, he is in charge of the coordination of the national network-forum for biodiversity research Germany. On the European level, he was the coordinator of the FP7 Coordination Action KNEU, designing a network of knowledge to better support knowledge-based decision-making in Europe. The concept is now implemented via the EU-funded EKLIPSE-Mechanism.
On the global level he was vice-coordinator of the Scientific Coordination carried out by UFZ for the international study on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), which aimed at outlining the relevance of sustaining biodiversity for human well-being in economic terms (2008 to 2010). The UFZ Science-Policy Expert Group that he co-leads has been actively involved in the development and implementation of IPBES, especially in supporting the development of the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy and by initiating the Pan-European Stakeholder Consultations (PESC) on IPBES and an according network jointly with other national biodiversity platforms.
Unai Pascual is Ikerbasque Research Professor in ecological economics at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Bilbao, where he leads the Climate and Natural Environment Research line. He obtained an MSc and PhD in ecological economics at the University of York (2002) and was Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economy (2002-2013) and at the University of Manchester (2000-2002). Unai applies ecological economics in the context of sustainability science, for example by analysing the complex interactions between climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services from a social-ecological perspective. Unai has conducted research in Europe and especially in developing countries, including Europe, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, India, among others.
Unai served in the board of the European Society of Ecological Economists between 2006 and 2012 and currently has an active role in international science-policy bodies. He is currently an elected member of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as well as member of the scientific committee of Future Earth’s EcoSERVICES programme. He is also an honorary fellow of Bioversity International and serves in various editorial boards such as in the journal Global Environmental Change, and as advisor to research councils in Europe (EU Commission, Spain, France, UK, Sweden, Portugal), and international programmes such as UNEP, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the International Institute for Environment and Development, UK (IIED), Mexican Government’s Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO), and the Consultative Group on (CGIAR). His research appears in more than 150 journal articles, books and book chapters.
Esther Turnhout is Full Professor at the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her research program The Politics of Environmental Knowledge includes research into the different roles experts play at the science policy interface, the political implications of policy relevant knowledge, and the participation of citizens in environmental knowledge making, also known as citizen science. Current research projects focus on the UN Intergovernmental science-policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), wildlife management and invasive species, auditing practices in forest management and the production of transparency and traceability in global value chains. She has published articles on these and other topics in journals such as Nature, Environmental Politics, Geoforum, Journal of Rural Studies, Science and Public Policy, Environment and Planning, and Conservation Letters. She is associate editor of Environmental science & Policy and she has been selected as an expert for IPBES.