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May 2017

BC3-UPV Seminars: “Building Organizational Capacity for Sustainable Innovation”

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Dr. Sanjay Sharma
Dean and Professor of Management, Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont, USA

An overview of the phenomenon of organizational sustainability, of major research streams in this domain, and a framework to guide capacity building for sustainable innovation in organizations.

March 2017

BC3 Seminars: Societal and Energy Metabolism as a Tool for Transformation: Understanding the Challenges of Energy-Society Relations

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Alev Sorman
Visiting postdoctoral researcher at the Pufendorf Institute at Lund University

Levels of complexity achieved by societies today have only been possible because of the abundance and readily usable primary energy forms whose exploitation provides huge surpluses of energy flows. However, the bonanza of the past is over and we are facing a global crisis with many challenges to overcome. Socio-economic systems are ever [...]

January 2017

BC3 Seminars: Conservation Legacies: Understanding the Social-Ecological Impacts of International Biodiversity Aid

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Daniel Charles Miller
Assistant Professor at Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES)

Financial support is critical to achieving global biodiversity conservation goals. However, information about the allocation and the effectiveness of biodiversity aid, the largest source of funding for international conservation, remains lacking. This seminar presents new research on the impacts of international aid for biodiversity conservation in tropical countries. It describes findings from [...]

December 2016

BC3 Seminars: Species distribution modelling of freshwater organisms

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Dr. Sami Domisch
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany

Species occurrence information consists in general of heterogeneous data, ranging from point records that provide accurate information in geographic and environmental space, to coarse expert range maps accounting for dispersal barriers or historical biogeographic limits. Combining both data types in a species distribution model (SDM) framework using newly-developed (1 km) freshwater-specific environmental variables [...]

BC3 Seminars: “How decision analysis theory can be used for river management”

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Dr. Simone Langhans
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany

River assessment and management are challenges to scientists and practitioners alike. Rivers, being highly complex ecosystems, are difficult to characterize with adequate indicators and predicting outcomes of river management actions are, therefore, sophisticated and affected by large uncertainty. Moreover, many stakeholders with potentially diverging interests are involved or affected by river management decisions. [...]

BC3 Seminars: Catchment zoning to enhance co-benefits and minimise trade-offs between ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation

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Dr. Virgilio Hermoso and Dr. Simone Langhans.

Integrating ecosystem services (ES) in landscape planning can help identify conservation opportunities by fostering co-benefits between biodiversity conservation and maintenance of regulation and cultural ecosystem services. However, potential trade-offs that arise from accounting for provisioning ES incompatible with biodiversity conservation should be considered. These trade-offs have been, however, overlooked to date, especially in freshwater systems. I will demonstrate [...]

November 2016

BC3 Seminars: Exploring option pricing via volatility asymmetry

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Isabel Casas
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at BCAM - Basque Center for Applied Mathematics

This paper proposes to model the asymmetric response of the volatility to the sign of past returns (leverage effect) nonparametrically in the context of stochastic volatility models. The new stochastic volatility specifications are able to generate volatility clustering and allow for a flexible time-varying functional form of the volatility asymmetry. The objective [...]

September 2016

BC3 Seminars: Demand and supply assessment of ecosystem services in the case of Japan

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Prof. Kiichiro Hayashi
Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability Division of Systems Research, Nagoya University, Japan.

Makoto Oba
Principal researcher of National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan.

This study focuses on the assessment of the provisioning potential of ecosystem services(ESs) and the demand assessment of ESs by GIS. The case study was conducted in Aichi prefecture, Japan, focusing on forest ESs. First, spatial distributions of [...]

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Prof. Joan Sabaté
University School of Public Health (California, USA)

BC3 has in place a program called BC3 Visiting Programme under the attainment of its strategic objectives, Talent Attraction.

The aim of this programme is to promote research and dialogue between BC3 and other worldwide leading institutions, by supporting and hosting local and international professors wishing to undertake research at BC3.

July 2016

BC3 Seminars: The Norwegian electric car policy; environmental friendly or an economic disaster?

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Prof. Anders Skonhoft
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

As a result of generous policies to increase the use of electric vehicles (EVs), the sales of EVs in Norway is rapidly increasing. Due to the subsidies, driving an EV implies very low cost to the owner on the margin, probably leading to more driving at the expense of public transport and cycling. Moreover, because most [...]

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