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Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM)
Centre Emile Bernheim (CEB)
Centre for Economic and Social Studies on the Environment (CEESE)
Walter HECQ is visiting Professor and co-director of the Centre d’Etudes Economiques et Sociales de l’Environnement (Centre for Economic and Social Studies on the Environment) (CEESE-ULB). This research centre is a part of the Centre Emile Bernheim at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He has been involved in several research programmes at a European level, as well as at both federal and regional levels. From 1983-2008 he held the Chair of Environmental Economics within the ULB’s postgraduate program in Environmental Management. In the framework of this program, he also organized seminars on economic and financial tools for environmental management and still supervises several end of study dissertations and PhD theses concerning these topics. His previous teaching activities and seminars dealt with "Economic and Financial Instruments" as part of the European Masters Degree Programme in Environmental Management (EAEME) - A joint European Universities programme - from 1992-2000.
The CEESE’s first breakdown studies on energy and air pollutants date back to the beginning of the ‘70s, as well as its first cost-effectiveness analyses. Since then, the CEESE has carried out numerous economic and social studies on air pollution and climate change in relation to energy, particularly in the fields of electricity production, transport and residential heating. This work has allowed the CEESE to expand its expertise in estimating environmental externalities, taxes, tradable permits, flexible mechanisms, barriers to the implementation of environment policies as well as the use of tools (cost-benefit analysis, multicriteria analysis, LCA, …). The CEESE has also extended its activities to include water-related issues, being involved in European integrated projects (among others), connecting ecological and socio-economic dimensions of environmental impacts in coastal zones. Furthermore, the CEESE has been selected to participate in various federal projects, including the assessment of the adaptation costs and measures related to the impacts of climate change on the Belgian hydrographic basins. Within this context, the investigation area has moved to ecological-economic foresight and input-output modeling for coastal ecosystem management. The tools developed help improve the quantitative understanding of interactions between the economic system and the ecosystem.
These studies meet two principal objectives. On the one hand they assist decision-makers to work out environmental policies in a present or future economic and social context and, on the other hand, they contribute to fundamental research into the relationships between economic and environmental spheres.
Size and composition: The centre is made up of 12 researchers of whom three are PhD students. All of them are funded by research programmes at European, federal and regional levels.