Rick van der Ploeg
He is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford. He is Research Director of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre). He is also Research Fellow in International Macroeconomics at the CEPR, London, and Director of the Public Sector Economics programme at CESifo, Munich. His research interests are (international) macroeconomics and public finance with special focus on the economics of natural resources and climate change, political economy and development economics. Previous academic appointments include Cambridge (1979-83), LSE (1983-88), Tilburg (1985-91), Amsterdam (1991-1998) and EUI, Florence (2003-07). He is former Chief Financial Spokesperson in the Dutch Parliament (1994-1998), State Secretary of Education, Science and Culture of the Netherlands (1998-2002) and Elected Member and Vice-Chair of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (2002-2007).