Anders Branth Pedersen

Senior Researcher

Anders Branth Pedersen
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Research areas

My research

My research focuses primarily on environmental policy analyses and environmental governance. E.g. through analyses of the effectiveness of environmental policies and policy instruments - and both through European and national projects. Often my research focus is on effects on target groups. In a current EU FP7 project - Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies towards a Sustainable Europe (BASE) - we are e.g. through case studies in a number of European countries analysing facilitators of, and barriers to, climate adaptation. In a project under EU Horizon 2020, DECISIVE (2016-20), we will analyse how to increase recycling and recovery of urban household waste. In another EU FP7 project - Evaluating Economic Policy Instruments for Sustainable Water Management in Europe (EPI WATER) we analysed the effectiveness and efficiency of economic policy instruments in achieving EU water policy goals. A research project for the EU Baltic Sea Region Programme - Coherent policies and governance of the Baltic Sea Ecosystems (Go4Baltic) – started in 2015. I have been part of  >25 international/national research projects where I have been collaborating with >50 research institutions/consultancies across Europe. In a Danish context, I have e.g. been part of several research projects under the Danish Environmental Protection Agency’s Pesticide Research Programme – for two of which I have been the project manager. Two of the most recent projects have been centered on identifying barriers at target group level – e.g. by analysing farmers’ motivations and examining whether these motivations are well matched to incentives embedded in Danish pesticide policy instruments. An additional field of interest is stakeholder/public participation in environmental policy processes. A theme which was e.g. analysed in the Waterpraxis project for the European Union’s Baltic Sea Region Programme. Finally, I teach environmental policy at Aarhus University and water policy implementation at the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

Projects 2008-2020:

  • Project for EU (Horizon 2020) (2016-2020): DECISIVE - A Decentralised management scheme for innovative valorization of urban biowaste.
  • Project for the European Commission (DG Environment) (2015-2016): Capacity building, programmatic development and communication in the field of environmental taxation and budgetary reform.
  • Project for the Danish EPA (2015-18): Evaluation of the effects of the redesigned pesticide tax.
  • GO4BALTIC (2015-2018) will examine coherence between the international marine policy governing the Baltic Sea and national environmental policies in the Baltic Sea countries, including aquatic, agricultural and climate mitigation policies. The aim of the project is to identify how these policies can be reformed at international and national levels to provide coherence and synergies. The project is financed through BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme.
  • Integrated biogas planning in Danish municipalities (2015-16) for DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy.
  • Project manager for the project User analysis and development of counselling in public sector organic/local food procurement. For the Danish Agrifish Agency, the Ministry of Environment and Food (2015).
  • Teaching and co-responsibility for course developmentof course  (master level) in Water Policies, Legislation and Planning in China and the European Union at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), Beijing, for the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research, Beijing (2013-17).
  • Project funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme (2012-16): Bottom-up Climate Adaptation Strategies towards a Sustainable Europe (BASE). The project will e.g. through case studies aim to understand facilitators of, and barriers to, adaptation. Over 20 cases have been selected to cover the diversity of adaptation, simultaneously paying attention to the need for generalization and comparability. The gap between top-down strategic assessments of costs and benefits and empirical context-sensitive bottom-up analyses will be bridged using novel combinations of models and qualitative analyses. Among the case studies will be Copenhagen and two Danish rural municipalities.
  • Project for the Danish EPA (2013-15): Development and test of concept for decision support tool for pest control in agriculture.
  • Project manager for project for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (2010-13): Optimising the role of agricultural advisors as a policy instrument in the Danish pesticide policy - opportunities and barriers.
  • Project funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme: Evaluating Economic Policy Instruments for Sustainable Water Management in Europe (2011-2013).
  • Project funded by the Danish Strategic Research Programme (2010-13): BIOSOC. The key aim of this project is to identify and analyse the role of law, policy and ethics in promoting new and emerging technologies in order to ensure good and sustainable governance of bioenergy.
  • Project for the EU Baltic Sea Region Programme: Waterpraxis (2009-11): International project e.g. analysing the implementation of the European Unions Water Framework Directive through detailed case studies.
  • Project manager for project for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (2008-10): Barriers in farmer decision-making regarding pesticide use. The project analyses barriers at target group level for an effective Danish pesticide policy. The analyses are e.g. based on a questionnaire with more than 1,100 farmer responses.
  • Project for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (2010): Assessment of inspection and enforcement of industrial environmental regulation.
  • Project for the European Environmental Agency (2010): Water Economics and Ecosystem Accounts.
  • Project for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (2009-10): Baltic Survey. International project e.g. analysing population attitudes to, and use of, the Baltic Sea.
  • Project for the Danish Environmental Agency (2006-10): The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the Danish Pesticide Policy.
  • Project within Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER) (2008-2009): Climate Policy Integration, Coherence and Governance. International project analysing climate policy integration in six European countries.
  • Project for the Danish Ministry of Environment (2008-2009): State of the Danish Environment. Broad assessment of the state of the environment. The publication is issued every fourth year.
  • Project for the Nordic Council of Ministers (2008): An Analysis of the Gothenburg Protocol. It is analysed, what policy instruments have been implemented in the Nordic Countries with the purpose of achieving the goals of the Gorthenburg Protocol (NOx, SOx, NH3, VOC). Furthermore, there is a specific focus on the cost-effectiveness of the applied policy instruments.
  • Project for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (2008): Economic Marine Information. International project analysing economic benefits of improved water quality in the Baltic Sea. In the project, there is e.g. a focus on how the tourism business is affected by the water quality.
  • Lecturer in Environmental Politics (2001-), Aarhus University.
  • External examiner (2009-), University of Copenhagen.
  • External examiner (2014-), Aalborg University

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