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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics
Energy and climate change
Energy-Water-Food Nexus


I am an affiliated Departmental Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR), Department of Land Economy, and research fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Governance. I am full time Assistant Professor at Radboud University Nijmegen. I lead a team, based in both universities, in energy systems modelling with the goal of projecting global fuel combustion greenhouse gas emissions by simulating scenarios of technology evolution. My current research concerns building sectoral models of technology diffusion (electricity, mobility, industry) that introduce elements of transitions theory into energy systems modelling, in connection with an existing macroeconometric model of the global economy, collaborating with economists, engineers, geographers and climatologists. Elaborating both new theoretical approaches and computational methods, this is currently contributing to the development of a new modelling paradigm for energy systems and technology diffusion, connecting transitions theory to more conventional energy systems modelling. My research activities also include studying the consumption of natural resources, fossil fuel depletion and the impact of new fuel markets.


Climate change mitigation
Technological change, technology transitions theory
Energy-Water-Food Nexus
Modelling decision-making
Natural resources
Cross-disciplinary research


Key publications: 
  • Mercure, J.-F., Pollitt, H., Bassi, A. M., Vinuales, J. E., & Edwards, N. R. (2016). Modelling complex systems of heterogenous agents to better design sustainability transitions policy. Global Environmental Change. doi:
  • Foley, A. M., Holden, P. B., Edwards, N. R., Mercure, J. F., Salas, P., Pollitt, H., & Chewpreecha, U. (2016). Climate model emulation in an integrated assessment framework: a case study for mitigation policies in the electricity sector. Earth System Dynamics, 7, 119–132.
  • Mercure J.-F. & Lam A. The effectiveness of policy on consumer choices for private road passenger transport emissions reductions in six major economies, Environmental Research Letters, 10 (2015) 064008
  • An age structured demographic theory of technological change, J.-F. Mercure, J. Evolutionary Economics, 25:787–820
  • GDP and Employment Effects of Policies to Close the 2020 Emissions Gap T. Barker, H. Pollitt, Y. Ogawa, J.-F. Mercure & E. Alexandri, Climate Policy,
  • J.-F. Mercure, H. Pollitt, U. Chewpreecha, P. Salas, A.M. Foley, P.B. Holden, N.R. Edwards, The dynamics of technology diffusion and the impacts of climate policy instruments in the decarbonisation of the global electricity sector. Energy Policy 73  686–700 (2014) Open Access
  • J.-F. Mercure and P. Salas, On the global economic potentials and marginal costs of non-renewable resources and the price dynamics of energy commodities. Energy Policy 63 469–483 (2013) Open Access
  • J.-F. Mercure, FTT:Power : A global model of the power sector with induced technological change and natural resource depletion. Energy Policy 48 (0), 799 – 811 (2012) URL
  • J.-F. Mercure and P. Salas, An assessment of global energy resource economic potentials. Energy 46 (1), 322 – 336 (2012) URL
  • Mercure, J.-F., Bangura, A. F., Xu, X., Wakeham, N., Carrington, A., Walmsley, P., Greenblatt, M., Hussey, N. E., May Upper critical magnetic field far above the paramagnetic pair-breaking limit of superconducting one-dimensional li0.9mo6o17 single crystals. Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 187003, (2012)
  • Global Electricity Technology Substitution Model with Induced Technological change, J.-F. Mercure, Tyndall Centre Working Papers 148 (2011)
  • Gross violation of the Wiedemann-Franz law in quasi-one-dimensional conductor Li0.9Mo6O17, N. Wakeham, A. F. Bangura, X. Xu, J.-F. Mercure, M. Greenblatt and N. Hussey, Nature Communications, 2:396 (2011)
  • J. - F. Mercure, A. Rost, E. C. T. O Farrell, S. K. Goh, R. S. Perry, M. Sutherland, S. A. Grigera, R. A. Borzi, P. Gegenwart and A. P. Mackenzie, Physical Review B, 81, 235103 (2010)
  • Entropy Landscape of phase formation associated with quantum criticality in Sr3Ru2O7 A. Rost, R. S. Perry, J.-F. Mercure, A. P. Mackenzie and S. A. Grigera Science, 325, 1360 (2009)
  • Quantum oscillations in the anomalous phase in Sr3Ru2O7 J.-F. Mercure, S. K. Goh, E. C. T. O Farrell, R. S. Perry, M. Sutherland, A. Rost, S. A. Grigera, R. A. Borzi, P. Gegenwart and A. P. Mackenzie, Physical Review Letters, 103, 176401 (2009)
  • Dependence of the structural relaxation of amorphous silicon on implantation temperature J. -F. Mercure, R. Karmouch, Y. Anahory, S. Roorda and F. Schiettekatte Physical Review B, 71, 134205 (2005)

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Note for PhD applicants: contact me at Radboud University in The Netherlands,
I cannot take on PhD students in Cambridge anymore. At Radboud University I can.