Bergmann, Ariel

Dr

  • Lecturer (Teaching and Research), CEPMLP
  • United Kingdom

  • 388 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
20062018
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Personal profile

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)     

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Master of Economics, University of Colorado Boulder

Bachelor of Arts and Economics, University of Colorado Boulder

Keywords

  • HB Economic Theory
  • Energy Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Petroleum & Mineral Fiscal Regimes
  • Oil and Shale Gas
  • Renewable Energy

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Projects 2012 2018

Research Output 2006 2018

105 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
File
liquefied natural gas
natural gas
economics
electricity generation
profitability
151 Downloads (Pure)

Employment changes in the sustainable energy sector in Scotland

Bergmann, A. & McQuaid, R. W., 2016, In : World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development . 13, 1, p. 2-17 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Industry
Sustainable energy
Energy sector
Scotland
Employment change

Land management for increased flood resilience

Spray, C., Arthur, S., Bergmann, E., Bell, J., Beevers, L. & Blanc, J., 13 Sep 2016, Aberdeen: Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) Facilitation Team, James Hutton Institute. 27 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
File
land management
farm
farmers attitude
socioeconomic impact
policy implementation
Open Access
File
Economics
Decision making
Online survey
Investment choice
Renewable energy

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

Bergmann, A., Betz, S., Burton, B., Kohl, K., Maidonis, T. & Klaes, M., May 2016, Munich : CrowdfundRes.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
File
Developer
Online survey
Language
Public perception

Activities 2004 2016

Resources Policy (Journal)

Ariel Bergmann (Editorial board member)
2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

External Examiner

Ariel Bergmann (Examiner)
Nov 2016 → …

Activity: Examination typesExamination

Fracking – Without all the spin!

Ariel Bergmann (Lecturer)
Nov 2015

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

Petroleum Economics: Current Global Issues

Ariel Bergmann (Speaker)
4 Jul 201517 Jul 2015

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Mineral and Petroleum Taxation

Ariel Bergmann (Speaker)
20142016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture

Press / Media

A war on climate change

Ariel Bergmann

12/09/16

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Other

Impact of low oil prices on Scottish economy and Aberdeen.

Ariel Bergmann

21/05/16

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Other

The Challenge of Transitioning to Sustainable Energy

Ariel Bergmann

1/02/16

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Other

Will the oil price continue to fall?

Ariel Bergmann

10/01/16

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Other

Thesis

Basic Legal Principles for International Electric Power Interconnections: Regional Perspectives to foster their Worldwide Application

Author: Romero, C., 2019

Supervisor: Dow, S. (Supervisor) & Bergmann, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Essays on the Economics of Renewable Energy

Author: Bergmann, E. A., 2006

Supervisor: Hanley, N. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

Hardheaded & Softhearted: An optimal oil depletion policy for economic sustainability in Saudi Arabia

Author: Alkhalaf, A. A., 2018

Supervisor: Bergmann, E. (Supervisor) & Mu, X. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Multi-criteria Preference Aggregation Framework for Sustainable Energy Planning

Author: Santos-Ramos, R., 2018

Supervisor: Bergmann, E. (Supervisor) & Liao, X. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

The economic benefits of market integration in the East Africa Power Markets

Author: Mabea, G., 2019

Supervisor: Bergmann, A. (Supervisor) & Macatangay, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy