I am very happy to introduce to you the Sustainable Future Policy Lab (SFPLab). Together with several other researchers (Rob Elliott, David Maddison, Cees Withagen, Agustin Perez-Barahona, Eric Strobl) I established this lab because we felt that environmental economists need a platform to disseminate, in a policy-relevant way, their opinions to the public, policymakers, businesses and journalists. Our aim is to be a major commentary site with a focus on Europe where environmental economists disseminate their research in a policy-relevant way.

The Sustainable Future Policy Lab is a commentary site on environmental, natural resource and climate change economics for academics, the public, policymakers and journalists. We publish articles from SFPLab members and strongly encourage submissions from external contributors. External contributions are reviewed by our editors before publication.

All our contributions are based on the latest research results and grounded in environmental economics theory and practise. Our aims are (1) to highlight current academic research from the SFPLab team; and (2) to provide a rapid response to current events providing expertise and background information that may get overlooked by the mainstream media; and (3) to provide policy advice to governments, institutions and NGOs on different aspects of the environmental and climate debate. All articles are attributed to one of the editorial team.

We publish four types of contributions: Analyses are research-based articles on policy-relevant issues related to sustainability and environmental issues. Opinions are research-based discussions that, in addition to analysing current policy-relevant issues, also contain the personal opinion of the researcher. In the news contains policy-relevant contributions of SFPLab members in other non-academic outlets and not contributed solely to SFPLab. Publications gives an overview of the recent academic publications of the SFPLab containing a brief yet policy-relevant summary.

We are currently in the process of further developing the SFPLab, so please stay tuned, take the opportunity to follow us via Email or get the RSS feeds. Do let us know what you think about this and if you are interested in external contributions, do not hesitate to send them to us.