Chalmers University of Technology
Martin Persson has a background in environmental science and is currently Associate Professor at Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers University of Technology. His research interests include the economics of climate change and climate policy, with a special focus on non-CO2 greenhouse gases, tropical deforestation, bioenergy and trade. Recently, his research has focused on the distant driver of tropical deforestation, where he has developed methods for estimating deforestation footprints for land-based products and for analyzing how trade links consumers across the world to forest destruction in the tropics. Martin assisted the Swedish EPA in the translation of the Stern Review into Swedish and was in 2008 awarded the Myrdal Prize for the best article in the Swedish Economic Society’s journal Ekonomisk Debatt for a paper on the economics of climate change in the wake of the Stern Review. He has been a visiting scholar at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica and Stanford University, USA, and is an appreciated lecturer at both undergraduate and graduate level in the topics of land use, climate change and climate policy. Martin also regularly holds lectures to policy makers, business leaders, environmental organizations and the general public on land use, sustainability and climate change.