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Environment, Climate Change and Energy Transition

Duc Khuong Nguyen, Chair Director

IPAG’s Environmental, Climate Change and Energy Transition (ECCET) chair studies cooperation between southern and northern Mediterranean countries in industry, environment and energy.

Energy is a determining factor in cooperation between Mediterranean countries. For several years now, the European Union has been looking to develop lasting relationships with countries in the region in order to guarantee its energy security. Although it is deployed through numerous bilateral and multilateral channels, such as the Mediterranean Solar Plan or the Euromed partnership, this strategy struggles to show results. A particular difficulty encountered is the diverging interests of EU member states and partner countries.

IPAG’s ECCET Chair was established in 2016 with a twofold objective i) to identify the causes of these divergences; and ii) to contribute to the emergence of a new Mediterranean energy partnership. It is part of the European Union H2020 Program for Research and Innovation: “MEDRESET”.

MEDRESET is a consortium of research and academic institutions focusing on different disciplines from the Mediterranean region to develop alternative visions for a new Mediterranean partnership and corresponding EU policies. It aims at designing an inclusive, flexible, and responsive future role for the EU in the region based on the multiple perspectives of local and bottom-up actors.

Led by Dr. Duc Khuong Nguyen, Full Professor and Deputy Dean for Research, the Chair focuses on cooperation efforts between northern and southern Mediterranean countries on energy transition issues. It particularly carries out a research project intended to assess the potential and impact of European policies in the fields of industry, environment and energy. It also investigates the functioning of the European carbon market, as well as the social, economic and environmental effects of global warming.

Since 2013, the chair organizes International Symposium on Environment and Energy Finance Issues (ISEFI) annually aiming to provide academics, policymakers, and practitioners with a valuable forum for discussion and critical analysis of the major issues and challenges that interrelate energy, environment, macroeconomics and financial markets.


Julien Chevallier

Affiliated Researcher


Duc Khuong Nguyen

Professor of Finance


Ingmar Schumacher

Professor of Economics





Prof. Duc Khuong Nguyen

Full Professor of Finance, Deputy Dean for Research at IPAG and Non-resident Research Fellow at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University (United States)