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The EfD Initiative is organised into two decision making committees backed by the implementing EfD Secretariat.

EfD Coordination Committee

The Coordination Committee oversees the overall planning and organisation of the EfD Initiative. It consists of the Directors from all  centers, the EfD Director and the Chair of the EfD Research Committee.  The Coordination Committee convenes twice a year.

EfD Research Committee

The Research committee is made up of individuals who provide strategic and academic guidance  to the EfD initiative. The research committee prioritizes research themes and allocates resources from the Research Fund. Members are nominated by the EfD centers and are appointed by the coordination committee for a renewable two-year term.Current members of the EfD Research Committee are:

EfD Secretariat

The EfD Secretariat is the administrative hub of EfD. The secretariat serves the EfD centres with research-, communications-, financial- and administrative support and facilitaters the platform to help share experiences between the EfD centres and other relevant actors. The secretariat is hosted by the Environmental Economics Unit, University of Gothenburg, and is comprised of:

Gunnar Köhlin, EfD Director
Yonas Alem, EfD Research Director
Daniel Ternald, Research Officer
Susanna Olai, Program Manager
Karin Jonson, Communications Manager

Eugenia León Communications Officer
Po-Ts'an Goh, Project Administrator
Olof Drakenberg, Policy analyst at GMV’s Environmental Economics and Policy group
Thomas Sterner, Head of the Environmental Economics Unit, University of Gothenburg  and Chair of EfD Research Committee

Environmental Economics Unit
Department of Economics
School of Business, Economics and Law
University of Gothenburg
Postal address: PO Box 640, SE 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden
Visiting address: Vasagatan 1, Building E, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg
Phone: + 46 31 786 10 00

Center for Environment and sustainability, GMV, and the EfD

The Centre for Environment and Sustainability, GMV, in Gothenburg is a network organisation at Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg. GMV includes the Environmental economics and policy group led by Anders Ekbom which is associated to the EfD. The group was formerly placed at the Department of Economics and moved to GMV in 2011. Other members of the group are Daniel Slunge, Olof Drakenberg, Gunilla Ölund Wingquist, Emelie Cesar, Caroline Dahlbom and Maria Göthberg.

GMVs environmental economics and policy group have a range of activities of relevance for EfD. These include:

PhD courses
The group is responsible for and are main teachers on two related courses where experiences from the first has led to the development of the other.

A) Policy Interaction for environmental economists, the course has been given since 2007 to the Sida supported PhD students at the Department of Economics at the University of Gothenburg.

B) From research to policy for sustainable development, the course is given at Chalmers University and open for external participants from disciplines ranging from biology to economics and engineering. The course is offered yearly since 2013.

Research on stakeholder interaction
The group is leading on the research project STAKE which examines approaches for involving stakeholders, including policy makers in the research process. In a recently funded 58 MSEK research programme involving the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Economics at the University of Gothenburg, Daniel Slunge has a dedicated task to support policy interaction and communication.

Advisory services for Sida
The group has a contract to support Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency with research based strategic and practical advice on environment and climate change through a Helpdesk function. The Helpdesk contract is shared with the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The advisory services are open to all Sida staff worldwide and include support for: country environmental analysis, commenting on development programmes, review of strategic environmental assessments; training of staff; participation in international methods development, analytical studies and evaluations. The support has been ongoing since the 1990’s and in 2014 the number of requests received was more than two hundred. The breadth and depth of work undertaken for Sida at global and national level has led to a strong network and good knowledge of ongoing processes of relevance for EfD research themes.

International training and mentoring programmes for civil servants on Strategic environmental assessments 
Together with NIRAS the group is responsible for a series of large training and mentoring programmes on strategic environmental assessments. Participants mainly come from various government ministries and agencies such as environment, energy, mining etc. and countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Lao, Bangladesh, Zambia and Myanmar. This means that the group is developing a strong network within government agencies in a number of countries where there is overlap with EfD centers.

The group is occasionally doing evaluations for external clients. Examples include work for UNDP on the UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative and for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) to evaluate their Environmental economics programme.

GMV is host of the regional Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Northern Europe. SDSN mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national and global scales.

Given the activities listed above the Environmental economics and policy group at GMV is in a good position to provide valuable support to the EfD in terms of capacity for policy interaction, information sharing about international processes of relevance for centers’ or research themes and opening up its international and local network for EfD researchers.

The Environmental economics and policy group at GMV has supported the EfD for a number of years. Olof Drakenberg is the main contact person at GMV for the EfD. The main activities are:

  • Review of research proposals. The group reviews EfD research proposals against the instructions on policy interaction and communication in the EfD template.
  • Review of center work plans. Olof Drakenberg participates in the secretariats review of and dialogue on center work plans with a focus on policy interaction and communication.
  • Support center capacity and information sharing on policy interaction. Together with the EfD communication manager Olof Drakenberg is chairing a Policy interaction and communication network with representatives from all centers. The purpose is to increase learning and knowledge exchange between centers.
  • EfD annual meeting. Olof Drakenberg contributes to a varying degree in planning of policy day, holds meeting with the policy interaction and communication network, and participates in the conference and hold bilateral meetings with centers.
  • On demand support for EfD centers.