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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance

BRIDGE Consortium

Project leaders:

Scientific directionDr Jean-Francois Mercure
Senior Lecturer in Global Systems, University of Exeter, UK
Dr Mercure coordinates quantitative modelling in energy, land-use, economics, innovation and climate change

Policy and international lawProfessor Jorge Viñ
Cambridge Centre for Energy, Environment and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), Director and Centre Fellow
Based in the UK, Prof Viñuales coordinates research on mapping complex regulatory systems, political networks and strategic policy-making.

Engagement: Prof Baltazar Guerra,
Energy Eficiency and Sustainability Research Group at UNISUL (GREENS)
Based in Brazil, Prof Guerra coordinates engagement, communication and outreach in BRIDGE.


University of Cambridge, Cambridge Centre for Energy, Environment and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG)

The University of Cambridge, based in the United Kingdom, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world, with more than 800 years of history and 96 Nobel Price laureates. The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. The University is formed from a variety of institutions which include 31 constituent colleges, over 100 academic departments organised into six schools, and approximately 20,000 students.

The Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), where the BRIDGE project is hosted, belongs to the Department of Land Economy, part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. C-EENRG is a leading international centre with an intensive research-oriented environment, with the mission of conducting integrative research on the governance of environmental transitions, understood as social and technological processes driven by environmental constraints that lead to fundamental changes in social organisation. C-EENRG works in close collaboration with other groups and centres within the University, as well as with prestigious international organisations around the world.

Leader and contact pointProfessor Jorge Viñ
Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy, Director of C-EENRG and Chairman of the Compliance Committee UN-ECE Protocol on Water and Health

Postdoctoral researchers:


University of Exeter, Department of Geography, Global Systems Institute

The University of Exeter combines world class research with excellent student satisfaction at its campuses in Exeter and Cornwall. It is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities. Formed in 1955, the University has 22,085 students from more than 130 different countries. Its success is built on a strong partnership with its students and a clear focus on high performance.

The Department of Geography is one of the most successful in the UK, with an excellent reputation for both teaching and research. They continue to recruit world-leading academic staff at the forefront of their fields of research who are committed to bringing out the very best in their students. As a result, they attract high-quality, ambitious students from both the UK and abroad, who flourish in this inspirational environment. Jean-Francois Mercure leads a research team that develops and uses, in collaboration with Cambridge Econometrics and The Open University, the highly detailed Integrated Assessment Model E3ME-FTT-GENIE1.

Leader and contact pointDr Jean-Francois Mercure
Senior Lecturer in Global Systems

Postdoctoral researcherSoeren Lindner


UNISUL – University Southern Santa Catarina Brazil,
Energy Eficiency and Sustainability Reserach Group at UNISUL (GREENS)

Unisul (Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina) is a multicampi education institution involved in production, development, and diffusion of knowledge by means of research, teaching and extension at all the knowledge areas, in-class and e-learning teaching. Since its creation in 1964, UNISUL focuses on preparing a the new generation for new world challenges, supports innovation to face societal change, and invests in partnerships and agreements with other teaching institutions worldwide. It consists of three campuses: Tubarão, Grande Florianópolis and Unisul Virtual: and their respective branches in: Imbituba, Içara, Araranguá, and Braço do Norte; also university branches in Pedra Branca and Florianópolis, making up more than 100 e-learning branches in all.

Greens is a research center locate in Santa Catarina, Brazil, that works on sustainability that researches on sustainable development and Food-Water-Energy approach, education for sustainable development, environmental justice, sustainable and smart cities, clean technology. Greens brings together around 20 researches from Brasil, Canada, United Kingdom and United Stated of America from the following universities: Unisul, UFSC, Cambridge University, Manitoba University (Canada) Liverpool University (UK).

Leader and contact pointProf Baltazar Guerra, Professor of management,

UNISUL project members:

Cambridge Econometrics
Cambridge, UK

Cambridge Econometrics (CE) was founded in 1978 as a spin-off from the University of Cambridge with the aim of providing commercial access to modelling and other applied economic research. Our mission is to provide rigorous, accessible and relevant independent economic analysis to support strategic planners and policy-makers in business and government. As a leading energy-environment-economy modelling consultancy, CE has considerable expertise in integrated solutions and assessment approaches relevant to the FWE nexus; crucially, including economic linkages.

The Energy, Climate and Circular Economy team at Cambridge Econometrics specialises in quantitative analysis of issues relating to links between the energy, environmental and economic systems at a national and international scale, including applications of our E3ME model. The E3ME model is regarded as one of the most advanced analytical tools available and we regularly work with key organisations in the international policy-making and research communities. Our clients include the European Commission, national governments, and NGOs such as the European Climate Foundation, IRENA and RAP, for whom we design and apply modelling tools and data analysis to inform policy makers, and help them to address complex questions including the economic and environmental impact of energy and climate policy.

BRIDGE project at Cambridge Econometrics

The Open University
Milton Keynes, UK

The Open University (OU) is the UK’s premier distance-learning institution and one of the largest universities in Europe with more than 150,000 students. With its unparalleled tradition of innovation in distance-learning technology, the University helped to pioneer the free distribution of learning material on the internet through the OpenLearn initiative and in 2012 launched FutureLearn, the Us first major platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), as a wholly-owned subsidiary. By June 2014 FutureLearn had 36 UK and international university partners. The OU also has a long-standing relationship with the UK’s national broadcaster, the BBC, and has been involved in high-profile television science series including Frozen Planet, Coast and Bang Goes the Theory.

The University has an active research programme, winning around a 30 million of research income annually, and in 2013-2014 recruited more than 1,000 postgraduate students. The School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems is a particularly strong research grouping working on both modern and palaeo environmental research questions, and including the Earth system modelling team that contributes to BRIDGE. The team works with and develops intermediate complexity Earth system models, notably the GENIE model, and studies climate impacts both in past and future settings.