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Alice Dauriach


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Visiting address Roslagsvägen 101, Kräftriket hus 2B och 10A
Postal address Stockholm Resilience Centre 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Alice Dauriach's research focuses on understanding how financial markets, large corporations, and financial secrecy interact with the Earth system at a global level


Dauriach's PhD is part of the Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Programme, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The preliminary objective of her thesis is to uncover if and how financial secrecy enables the pursuit of environmentally damaging economic activities, with the risk of disrupting critical biomes and eroding the resilience of the biosphere. Secrecy jurisdictions (or ‘tax havens’), allow a degree of opacity in global financial markets which undermines the enforcement of regulations, the tax revenue of nations, and the accountability of government officials. This may ultimately reduce the ability of countries to democratically govern the use of natural commons and to lead the transformation to sustainability in the context of Agenda 2030.


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2018. Victor Galaz (et al.). Nature Ecology & Evolution 2 (9), 1352-1357

    The release of classified documents in the past years have offered a rare glimpse into the opaque world of tax havens and their role in the global economy. Although the political, economic and social implications related to these financial secrecy jurisdictions are known, their role in supporting economic activities with potentially detrimental environmental consequences have until now been largely ignored. Here, we combine quantitative analysis with case descriptions to elaborate and quantify the connections between tax havens and the environment, both in global fisheries and the Brazilian Amazon. We show that while only 4% of all registered fishing vessels are currently flagged in a tax haven, 70% of the known vessels implicated in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing are, or have been, flagged under a tax haven jurisdiction. We also find that between October 2000 and August 2011, 68% of all investigated foreign capital to nine focal companies in the soy and beef sectors in the Brazilian Amazon was transferred through one, or several, known tax havens. This represents as much as 90-100% of foreign capital for some companies investigated. We highlight key research challenges for the academic community that emerge from our findings and present a set of proposed actions for policy that would put tax havens on the global sustainability agenda.

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Last updated: January 2, 2020

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