Advisory Board

BiophysEco’s work is steered by a high-level Scientific Advisory Board, comprising renowned scientists and economists from across the world. The Scientific Advisory Board provides advice and guidance for the activities of the think tank, in particular with regards to defining its strategic orientations and priorities. Members of the Scientific Advisory Board are presented below.

Charles A.S. Hall – USA

charles-a-s-hallCharles Hall is an Emeritus Professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) in the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). A systems ecologist with a focus on energy, he has held positions at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cornell University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and other institutions. He is the author or co-author of 12 books and more than 280 scientific publications and is known for introducing the concept of energy return on investment (EROI) as well as initiating a national program in biophysical economics in the United States. He is an editor of ‘BioPhysical Economics and Resource Quality’ (BERQ), a new journal that publishes research and commentary exploring the energy and materials basis of the economic process, including the effects of natural resource quantity and quality on economies, sustainability, and human well-being.

Mario Giampietro – Italy/Spain


Mario Giampietro is Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. He heads ICTA’s Integrated Assessment (IASTE) research group and works on integrated assessment of sustainability issues. Using new concepts originating in complex systems theory, he has developed an innovative scientific approach called Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism (MuSIASEM). MuSIASEM integrates biophysical and socioeconomic variables across multiple scales, thus establishing a link between the metabolism of socio-economic systems and the potential constraints of the embedding natural environment. MuSIASEM allows the use of integrated sets of indicators that can be chosen “à la carte” by social actors in relation to multiple criteria of performance. Mario’s recent research has focused on the nexus between land use, food, energy and water in relation to sustainable development goals.

Kozo Mayumi – Japan

kozo-mayumiKozo Mayumi is a professor at the Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences, University of Tokushima, Japan. He graduated from the Graduate School of Engineering at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Physics of Kyoto University. Between 1984 and 1988 he studied bioeconomics at the Department of Economics of Vanderbilt University under Prof. Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen’s supervision, and since then has worked in the fields of energy analysis, ecological economics and hierarchy theory. Mayumi is an editorial board member of several scientific journals including Ecological Economics, International Journal of Ecological Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Structures, Ecosystem Services, IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy and the Environment, Environmental Economics and Reports on Economics and Finance. He is also the general editor of The International Encyclopedia of Environment and Society (8 volumes) to be published from Wiley-Blackwell in 2019. He has authored or coauthored many scientific publications, as well as several books.

Gaël Giraud – France


Gaël Giraud is a French economist, specialized in alternative measures of development, general equilibrium theory, game theory, finance and energy issues. He is Chief Economist at the French Development Agency (AFD), as well as senior fellow researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and at University of Paris 1-Sorbonne Economic Center (CES). He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Excellency Laboratory on Financial Regulation (LabEx ReFi) and of the Energy Transition Expert Committee set up by the French government. He holds the ‘Energy and Prosperity’ academic chair created in 2015 by several leading French academic and scientific institutions to inform decisions of public and private actors in managing the energy transition. He is an editor of the new journal ‘BioPhysical Economics and Resource Quality’ (BERQ).

Steven Sorell – UK


Steven Sorrell is a senior energy and climate policy specialist with more than 20 years of experience in academic and consultancy research. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at University of Sussex, Director of the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand, Co-Director of the Sussex Energy Group (SEG), Convenor of the MSc in Energy Policy for Sustainability, co-manager of the Technology and Policy Assessment function of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and Honorary Senior Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College. He has undertaken a range of research on energy and environmental policy, with particular focus on energy modeling, energy efficiency, emissions trading and resource depletion. This work is primarily informed by economics and has included case studies, statistical analysis and modeling.

Ugo Bardi – Italy


Ugo Bardi is a professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Florence, Italy. He is interested in resource depletion, system dynamics modeling, climate science and renewable energy. He is member of Club of Rome and a member of the scientific committee of ASPO (the Association for the Study of Peak Oil). He is the author of numerous scientific papers as well as of several books on energy and resource depletion, including ‘The Limits to Growth Revisited‘ (2011) and ‘Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet‘ (2014). He is an editor of the new journal ‘BioPhysical Economics and Resource Quality’ (BERQ).