Dr. Jules Schers is a visiting researcher at the Energy Research Centre (ERC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), working on the question of socio-economic impacts of carbon taxation and other climate change mitigation policies, supported by Expertise France. His current research interests are economic implications of transitioning away from coal as well as long term economic modelling of household demand. For these analyses he mainly uses hybrid CGE models, whose purpose is to integrate bottom-up knowledge about technological change in a macro-economic framework.
Prior to joining the ERC, Jules was a researcher at CIRED in Paris (France) where he also obtained a PhD in economics (2018, AgroParisTech - Université Paris-Saclay). In his research he applied CIRED’s CGE-modelling framework IMACLIM to South Africa to study the conditions under which a carbon tax can achieve both a reduction of CO2 emissions and improve economic development. His work focused on structural change and investment in skills of labour as a source for a double dividend.
Jules furthermore holds a MSc in Energy Science from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and wrote his MSc thesis on benefits, trends and costs of rural electrification at PBL (the Netherlands). He also worked on energy access for the World Energy Outlook 2012 at the International Energy Agency (IEA), and has worked on carbon footprinting, environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and waste management & recycling for Dutch engineering & environmental consultancy firms.