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2018-06-24

Researchers in dialogue with policy makers at world congress of environmental economists: Dealing with environmental – and political crises

Environmental economics research plays a crucial role in dealing with the global challenges, and the need for dialogue and collaboration between researchers, practitioners and policy makers is greater than ever. During the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, WCERE, 25-29 June in Gothenburg, Gina McCarthy (Former US EPA Administrator), Jos Delbeke (Senior Advisor EU) and Karolina Skog (Swedish Minister of Environment) will participate in special policy sessions.

2018-02-16

Global classroom piloted at six EfD centers

EfD’s flagship educational program: Collaborative Program in Climate Change and Development Economics (3CDE)  linking local and international students and teachers with hands on experience and case studies kicked off its first pilot in CATIE, EfD Central America´s host institution in February.

2017-10-20

Informal groundwater markets in India

Missing or imperfect markets in several economic sectors explain the reality of the economic problems in developing countries. A market failure in any sector can lead to inefficient allocation of resources and these failures are often resulted in an unequal distribution of income or wealth. 

2017-10-19

EfD Annual Meeting 2017: Information for participants

This year the EfD annual meeting  will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from:  October 27-30, 2017. It is hosted by the Environment and Climate Research Center (EfD - Ethiopia) and the EfD Secretariat. The EfD annual meeting is a forum to bring together researchers from all EfD centers and their collaborators. EfD would also like to attract key stakeholders for exchange of research ideas. Updates for participants will be displayed here.

2017-05-23

Airtight bags for maize reduce food waste

Food insecurity and malnutrition is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today.  By introducing airtight bags and train small-scale farmers in better grain handling practices, food waste related to storage can be reduced in Tanzania.  

2017-01-26

Request for concept notes to develop collaborative multi-site research projects

SETI (http://seti.duke.edu/) invites concept notes to seed collaborative research related to energy transitions. We particularly welcome proposals for work related to the SETI priority themes, including: Consequences of energy poverty, defined as a lack of reliable access to electricity and other modern fuels Drivers of the energy transition in low- and middle-income contexts, including lessons from past experiences Impacts of energy transitions at various scales (households, firms, and the regional and global environment) Policy levers and solutions to speed the energy transition; and analysis of their effectiveness Notable gaps in research on energy transitions

2017-01-04

Fellowship for Environmental Studies at Duke Kunshan

Duke Kunshan University is now accepting applications for the new international Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) Program. The iMEP program is a two-year degree offered jointly by Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Nicholas School of the Environment.  Students will study core courses in both environmental management and public policy at Duke Kunshan University (China) and Duke University (United States).  We would really appreciate it if you could share this information with people who might be interested. 

2016-11-02

"To have an ear to the ground"

Inequality, state politics, collective action, and the environment. That summarizes the academic focus of Rohini Somanathan, professor at Delhi School of Economics and Visiting Professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. She combines her academic work with engagement in rural development.

2015-11-22

Towards a Workable and Effective Climate Regime-new e book out

This year, for the first time ever, nearly all of the world’s countries are making pledges to help limit future climate change. As of October 1st, 147 countries, representing about 85 percent of global emissions, have submitted their “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions” (INDCs).

2015-10-01

Mäler Scholarship in Environmental Economics: Call for applications

The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics www.beijer.kva.se is  announcing a new round of the Mäler Scholar competition. The institute is an international center of excellence at the interface of ecology and economics. It is based in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden and has a small staff of researchers who work on a variety of ecological-economics issues. The scholarship is intended for early-career researchers in environmental economics from developing regions of the world who already have a PhD or are currently enrolled in a PhD program and will finish within 1-2 years. Preference is given to researchers affiliated with EfD centers and the four regional environmental economics networks—CEEPA, EEPSEA, LACEEP, and SANDEE. Others are welcome to apply.  Deadline for applications is October 30.

2015-06-30

The importance of accounting for spillover effects in policy design

Marcela Jaime recently defended her thesis: Essays on behavioral Economics and Policy Design. What it is about? My thesis is about unintended effects of behavioral and policy interventions and its effects on policy design. Unintended effects of policies, either positive or negative, are often referred to as spillover effects. Specifically, my thesis investigates spillover effects of monetary and non-monetary policy instruments for environment and natural resource management, in both developing and developed settings.

2015-06-24

Understanding gender relations crucial when dealing with the ”killer in the kitchen”

Effective kitchen stoves that use less firewood and emit fewer greenhouse gases are both cheap and available to the rural population in many developing countries. But the demand for the stove is low. From his field study in Ethiopia, economist Sied Hassen at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, draws the conclusion that the bargaining power in the household is the key for understanding the adoption of more effective stoves.

2015-03-30

EfD Ethiopia to be revamped into a new center

Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) is a new research center established in the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) in partnership with the Environment for Development Initiative (EfD), and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). The new research center will support green and climate-resilient development in Ethiopia as a knowledge backstop.

2015-03-27

Greener Industry If Environmental Authorities Change Strategy

Fewer industrial firms would violate environmental legislation and a higher number would adopt cleaner technologies if environmental authorities would focus their monitoring efforts on companies with the most environmentally damaging technology. At a societal level, such a strategy would mean less pollution at the same or a lower cost of monitoring, according to a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg’s School of Business, Economics and Law.

2014-11-28

Sterner's Nature Climate Change essay in the news media

An essay by EfD Research Fellow Thomas Sterner, professor of environmental economics at the University of Gothenburg, was published in Nature Climate Change November 27th, 2014. A science writer at Climate Central writes about the essay in a recent news post.

2014-11-28

Ecosystems in focus for research collaboration in 8 EfD countries

In decision making all over the globe there tends to be a disregard of the contribution that ecosystem services make to human wellbeing. Eight EfD Centers are the key implementing partners in the new Ecosystem Service Accounting for Development program, a collaboration between the Environment for Development initiative (EfD), the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES).

2014-11-28

New book on Forest Tenure Reform in Asia and Africa

"This very readable book on Forest Tenure Reform in Asia and Africa looks at different countries’ strategies to use tenure innovations to manage forest resources. An especially interesting contribution is the comparison of China’s privatization of forest rights to the community-based forestry management approach in other developing countries," says Peter Berck, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy, S.J. Hall Professor of Forestry, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

2014-11-03

Prestigious Environmental Fiscal Reformer of the Year 2014 to Thomas Sterner

Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Gothenburg, and Chair of EfD Research Committee, is awarded the Think Tank Green Budget Europe's prize of “Environmental Fiscal Reformer of the Year 2014” in recognition of his important contribution to the advancement of Environmental Fiscal Reforms in his professional career i.a. through his work on the distributive effects of fuel taxes.

2014-09-15

New Climate Economy Report launch in Ethiopia

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is a major new international initiative to analyse and communicate the economic benefits and costs of acting on climate change. The Commission’s work is being conducted by a global partnership of leading research institutes including the host of the EfD Center in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Development Research Institute, as well as the Global Green Growth Institute.

2014-08-29

Are carbon taxes the solution?

Thomas Sterner will discuss carbon taxes and other policies to deal with climate change as invited key-note speaker at the 15th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET15) which will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 24-26 September 2014.

2014-08-29

Thomas Sterner elected to the Collège de France

Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Gothenburg, has been elected as a visiting professor to the Collège de France, one of the world's most distinguished academic institutions. Sterner is elected 2015-2016 Professor of the Chair of Sustainable Development - Environment, Energy and Society.

2014-05-28

EfD researchers interviewed in the GU Journal

The most recent issue of the GU Journal, a magazine for employees of the University of Gothenburg, includes interviews with EfD fellows Elizabeth Robinson, Thomas Sterner, and Olof Johansson Stenman. They all give their views on the ongoing specialization courses in Environmental Economics. PhD candidate Justice Tei Mensah from Ghana, one of the 33 students from 15 countries attending the courses, is also interviewed.

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