Ariel Bergmann

Lecturer in Energy Economics
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Bio

Biography

Dr. (Eric) Ariel Bergmann joined the Centre in September 2009 as a lecturer in Energy Economics. He graduated in 2006 from the University of Glasgow with a Ph.D. in Economics having researched and published on the economics of renewable energy. He wrote on the evolution of institutions and political economy of renewable energy, valuing the environmental attributes of renewable energy projects, and models of green certificate trading. He has an M.A. Economics (1997) with fields in Labour Economics and International Trade and a B.A. Economics (1981). Both degrees were earned at the University of Colorado. His research interests have been oriented to the interface between environmental issues and energy economics. Dr. Bergmann has extensive research experience in non-market valuation using stated preference/choice experiment research methods, financial modelling of energy and natural resource development projects and sustainability impact assessment.

Prior to his appointment at Dundee University he was a Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University's Employment Research Institute (2007-09) and a Teaching Assistant at Stirling University (2004-09). He has taught graduate level courses in Mineral and Petroleum Taxation, Energy Markets and Econometrics; and undergraduate courses in Econometrics, Mathematical Economics, Corporate Strategy, Intermediate Microeconomics, and Introductory Micro- and Macroeconomics.

Since 2005 Dr. Bergmann has provided economic consulting services to energy companies, environmental groups, non-governmental organisations, European and American local governments, non-governmental agencies and small enterprises on issues ranging from project feasibility studies, impact of environmental regulation, provision of social and governmental services, social preferences, and economic impact analysis. In 2010 he provided consulting services to a super-major oil company on the potential economic impacts from new regulatory actions to protect endangered species in Alaska.

Teaching

Teaches On-Campus Modules:

Environmental and Climate Change Economics and Policy (CP51041)

The module aims to provide students essential analytical tools and a multidisciplinary understanding of environmental and climate change issues as they relate to global energy use. 

Mineral and Petroleum Taxation (CP52009)

This module will provide students with foundation knowledge on how taxes and non-tax instruments are used by governments and the extractive industry to promote natural resource development while deriving revenues for the state and profits for the extractive firms. Emphasis is on providing and understanding of the complex issues of tax regimes and the skill to analyse current topics or controversies, with the objective of providing competent strategy or policy advice to either governments ore resource firms, including environment\al and international tax issues. Some topics covered in the module include; resource rent taxation, royalties, direct and indirect taxes, general structure of PSAs/PSCs, transfer pricing, and current issues from around the world. This module does not teach skills in accounting, financial analysis or tax law. 

Renewable Energy: Technology, Economics and Policy (CP52063) 

The aim of this module is to: 

To develop an understanding of renewable energy resources and the numerous technologies that convert it into useful forms;

To develop an understanding of the economic issues of renewable energy research, development and deployment at both private and commercial scale;

To develop an understanding of government and industry policies to encourage the deployment of renewable energy production and use. 

Distance Learning Modules:

Mineral and Petroleum Taxation (CP50006)

This module will provide students with foundation knowledge on how taxes and non-tax instruments are used by governments and the extractive industry to promote natural resource development while deriving revenues for the state and profits for extractive firms. Emphasis is on providing an understanding of the complex issues of tax regimes and the skill to analysis current topics or controversies, with the objective of providing competent strategy or policy advice to either governments or resource firms. Students will be prepared to compare and evaluate alternative taxation regimes, including environmental and international tax issues. Some topics covered in the module include; resource rent taxation, royalties, direct and indirect taxes, general structure of PSAs/PSCs, transfer pricing, and current issues from around the world. This module does not teach skills in accounting, financial analysis or tax law.

Research

Grants and Funded Research

Current Projects

Co-Principal Investigator, “Land Management for Increased Flood Resilience”, £60,000 funding from Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW). April 2013 to October 2014. Co-PI Ariel Bergmann and Co-PI Chris Spray.

Principal Investigator, “Beyond the Usual Suspects”, £7,500, for Comrie Development Trust with funding from the Climate Change Fund. A 3 year pilot study engaging Comrie households that typically do not participate in environmental or energy related education and behaviour programmes. July 2012 to June 2015.  

Co-Principal Investigator, “Natural Resources Development Projects as a Pathway Toward the Transformation of Africa’s Economies” £23,000 funding from Africa Centre for Economic Transformation. Co-PI Ariel Bergmann, Co-PIs Dr. M. Desta (Dundee) and Dr. R. Macatangay (Dundee). 1 August 2012 to present.  

Completed Projects

Co-author , “Costs and Benefits of Onshore Wind Farms. SEK30,000 from Swedish Ministry of Finance.  Ariel Bergmann and Nick Hanley. 2011-2012.

Co-investigator, “EU Policy for Natural Resources – POLINARES”, £2.2 million EU funding. Co-I Dr Bergmann was active from September 2011 to September 2012. Contributed to Work Package 4, sections on economic criteria for assessment of policy and case study of technology and environmental consequences of shale gas development.    

Co-investigator, “Valuing Forest Recreation Activities”  Mike Christie, Nick Hanley, Brian Garrod, Tony Hyde, Nick Lyons, Ariel Bergmann, Stephen Hynes. Forestry Commission (UK). 2005.

Co-Principal Investigator, “Community Preferences for Public Service in the Highland Council (Scotland) Community Planning and Resource Project, Ross & Cromarty District”. Ariel Bergmann and Julie Gustanski, Resource Dimensions. 2005. (£12,000)

Co-investigator, “Valuing the Attributes of Renewable Energy Investments in Scotland”, N. Hanley, A. Bergmann and R. Wright, March 2003. (£3,000)     

Publications

Spray, C, Arthur, S, Bergmann, E, Bell, J, Beevers, L & Blanc, J 2016,

Land management for increased flood resilience. Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) Facilitation Team, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen.

Research output: Book Anthology



Bergmann, A, Burton, B & Klaes, M

Survey of Personal Investment Choices: Characteristics of Economic Agents’ Decisions in the Crowdfunding Marketplace.

Research output: Other Contribution



Bergmann, A, Betz, S, Burton, B, Kohl, K, Maidonis, T & Klaes, M

Survey Results on Public Perceptions and the Views of Crowdfunding Platforms and Project Developers.

Research output: Other Contribution



Bergmann, A & Mc Quaid, RW 2016,

'Employment changes in the sustainable energy sector in Scotland' World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development , vol 13, no. 1, pp. 2-17. DOI:
10.1108/WJSTSD-07-2015-0038

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Bergmann, A & Mc Quaid, R 2015,

Sustainable Employment, Integration and Sustainable Energy Development. in A Ahmed (ed.), World Sustainable Development Outlook 2015 : Green Behaviour: Re-thinking policy for sustainability., Chapter 11, World Sustainable Development Outlook Book Series, World Association for Sustainable Development , London, Outlook 2015 13th International World Association for Sustainable Development Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 1-3 June.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Bergmann, A & Mc Quaid, R 2014,

What Type of Sustainable Employment Arises from Sustainable Energy Development? in C Larsen, S Rand, A Schmid & R Keil (eds), Sustainable Economy and Sustainable Employment: Approaches to Measuring Sustainability in Regional and Local Labour Market Monitoring . Rainer Hampp Verlag, Munich, pp. 151-162. DOI:
10.978.395710/1167

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Bergmann, A & Shogren, J (ed.) 2013,

'Measuring the Environmental Externalities of Onshore Wind Power', pp. 213-217, 1 Elsevier Science Publishers, 02 April. DOI:
10.1016/B978-0-12-375067-9.00101-7

Research output: Contribution To Periodical



Bergmann, A 2013,

Peak Gas: Technology and environmental consequences. in R Dannreuther & W Ostrowski (eds), Global Resources Conflict and Cooperation: Conflict and Cooperation. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 206-221. DOI:
10.1057/9781137349149

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Ostrowski, W, Sindico, F, Kolo, A, Gerber, L, Dow, S & Bergmann, A 2012

'Criteria / principles: POLINARES working paper n. 52; December 2012' POLINARES Work Package , no. D4.1, European Commission European Research Area.

Research output: Working Paper



Bergmann, E & Hanley, N 2012,

Costs and Benefits of Onshore Wind Farms in Scotland: Report to the Expert Group on Environmental Studies 2012:5 . 2012:5 edn, Government Offices of Sweden, Ministry of Finance.

Research output: Book Anthology



Hanley, N, Ready, R, Colombo, S, Watson, F, Stewart, M & Bergmann, EA 2009,

'The Impacts of Knowledge of the Past on Preferences for Future Landscape Change' Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol 90, no. 3, pp. 1404-1412. DOI:
10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.08.008

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Bergmann, A, Colombo, S & Hanley, N 2008,

'Rural versus urban preferences for renewable energy developments' Ecological Economics, vol 65, no. 3, pp. 616-625. DOI:
10.1016/j.ecolecon.2007.08.011

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Le Roux, J, Williams, E, Staines, A & Bergmann, A 2008,

'Environmental quality and the cost of environmental regulation: A comparison of Scotland with the international community' European Environment, vol 18, no. 1, pp. 45-54. DOI:
10.1002/eet.467

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Bergmann, E, Amsden, S, Hamner, B, Dawson, J, Acker, T, Shepsis, V, Phillip, S, Cox, J, Coomes, C, Mc Garry, P, Holmes, J, Klatt, P, Nichol, J, Gilmour, G, Gustanski, J, Williamson, M, Wright, A, Adee, B, Kawase, M & Strunz, K

Tacoma Narrows Tidal Power Feasibility Study: Final Report.

Research output: Other Contribution



Bergmann, A, Hanley, N & Wright, R 2006,

'Valuing the attributes of renewable energy investments' Energy Policy, vol 34, no. 9, pp. 1004-1014. DOI:
10.1016/j.enpol.2004.08.035

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Activities

Utilities Policy (Journal)

Role: Peer reviewer
Activity: Publication peer-review

  2010

Resources Policy (Journal)

Role: Editorial board member
Activity: Editorial activity

  2016

Petroleum Economics: Current Global Issues

Role: Speaker
Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Research and Teaching at External Organisation

4 7 2015

Mineral and Petroleum Taxation

Role: Speaker
Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Research and Teaching at External Organisation

  2014

Fracking – Without all the spin!

Role: Lecturer
Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

 11 2015

External Examiner

Role: Examiner
Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

 11 2016

Energy Policy (Journal)

Role: Peer reviewer
Activity: Publication peer-review

  2004

Ecological Economics (Journal)

Role: Peer reviewer
Activity: Publication peer-review

  2004