Rick van der Ploeg is Professor of Economics and Research Director of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies at the University of Oxford. He is also Director of the CESifo Public Sector Economics Programme, Research Fellow of the CEPR International Macroeconomics Programme, and Adjunct Professor at the VU University Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge, and subsequently was employed at Cambridge, LSE, Tilburg, Amsterdam and EUI, Florence. He had a 14 year spell as Member of Parliament, State Secretary of Education, Culture and Science, and Member of the Unesco World Heritage Committee.
His research interests are in public economics and macroeconomics, but more recently he has mostly worked on the economics of natural resources and on climate economics.