Junior researcher ‘biodiversity loss and the financial sector’

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

  • Stand­plaats Den Haag
  • Contractduur 2 jaar
  • Uren per week 32 - 36
  • Maand­salaris €2.957 - €4.707
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10
  • Niveau Master/doctoraal
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 1 september
  • Vacaturenummer PBL 22-324
  • Plaatsingsdatum 4 augustus 2022
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd

Functie­omschrijving

Biodiversity loss is an ongoing worldwide problem, due to the increasing economic demand for food, energy and materials. The economy does not only cause impacts on nature, but is also dependent on the goods and services that nature provides to the economy. These developments also have consequences for the financial sector, as they present new types of risks for the loans and investments of financial institutions. Especially the UK Dasgupta review has made this subject a matter of broad concern, and recommended policy interventions.

To reverse this situation, structural changes are needed in production and consumption patterns, en in the way economic activities are financed. Awareness on the biodiversity risks is rising, tools and methodologies are rapidly being developed to get more grip on this field of environmental degradation. These tools are needed to inform future investment decisions by the financial sector, by mainstreaming biodiversity in their risk models and in their reporting activities.

The Horizon Europe project SUSTAIN (Strengthening Understanding and Strategies of business To Assess and Integrate Nature) is addressing the need for improved tools and databases to analyse consequences for the finance sector by, 1) providing an enhanced knowledge base on dependencies and impacts, validated by businesses; 2) develop methods to reduce biodiversity related risks through innovative modelling techniques; 3) package the knowledge base in a toolbox for use by businesses and finance; and other work packages. This will be done in cooperation with and drawing on the relationships and networks of partners in the international SUSTAIN project consortium. Central in this approach is the ENCORE approach, developed by UN WCMC centre.

PBL is also cooperating with the Dutch National Bank to assess the consequences of loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services for the stability of the Dutch financial sector. In a cooperative project, different risk channels are analysed for both economy-wide effects and for effects on individual financial institutes. Economic and ecological models have to be linked to make progress on this subject.

Within the SUSTAIN and PBL-DNB projects, PBL is looking for a junior researcher who can contribute 1) to develop databases on biodiversity impacts and dependencies for companies and their supply-chains 2) to develop land-use scenarios to feed into risk analyses tools for the financial sector 3) to link ecological models to financial risk models, building on PBL’s model framework, i.e.e IMAGE, GLOBIO and an EMRIO Input-Output model.

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The Department of Nature and Rural Areas (NLG) focuses on policy-relevant questions and issues related to nature and landscape quality. We analyse potential policy solutions to halt or reverse degradation of nature from local to global scales, thereby accounting for possible trade-offs with other aspects of environmental quality and sustainability. We are a diverse and collaborative group working in a lively and interactive atmosphere.

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

PBL The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is the national institute for strategic policy analysis in the fields of environment, nature and spatial planning. We contribute to improving the quality of political and administrative decision-making by conducting outlook studies, analyses and evaluations in which an integrated approach is considered paramount. Policy relevance is the prime concern in all our studies. We conduct solicited and unsolicited research that is always independent and scientifically sound. PBL The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency believes that employees perform best in an inclusive working environment. Working in diverse teams makes our work more innovative and enjoyable.
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Contactpersonen

Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

Mark van Oorschot senior researcher on biodiversity policies and the Dutch footprint

+31 6-50521932

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