CERE's international credentials get a boost from two Handelsbank-funded post-docs with roots in Lithuania, Scotland, Ireland, South Africa and Holland.
Jūratė is impressed with the open and congenial Swedish academic system, which says a lot coming from somebody who has worked and studied in several countries. Juarate's research is funded through a post-doc stipend from Handelsbanken (2010-2013). She received her Ph.D from University College Dublin, where she analyzed the European Emissions Trading System (ETS). Her post-doc research focuses on the environmental efficiency and productivity gains from trade-able permits, although one of her recent contributions is a paper that quantifies the environmental benefits associated with an improved EU agricultural subsidy program (written together with Andrius Kazukauskas, also a new CERE researcher). She is looking forward to the opportunity to present her research at the EAERE meeting in Rome (July). When not dissecting the inner workings of the ETS, you'll find Jurate skiing around "Olle's Spår" in Umeå.
Kelly also appreciates the non-hierarchal and flexible Swedish academic system and finds it refreshing compared to the more rigid system in South Africa where she grew up. Kelly -- one of nine siblings living in nine different countries -- received her PhD in Holland (University of Wageningen) where she studied adaptation in integrated assessment modeling and climate change negotiations. Kelly's current post-doc research is funded through 2013 from Handelsbanken and focuses on models to predict international climate change coalitions among countries, as well as aggregating damage functions to assess climate change impacts on regional levels. She is attending two conferences in California this summer relating to energy research and game theory. When not inspiring more interaction between CERE researchers, you can find Kelly painting (or trying to find a women's rugby team in Umeå).