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

SETI ( 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


Mäler Scholarship in Environmental Economics: Call for applications

The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Extensive media coverage of IPCC author

EfD fellow Thomas Sterner is one of the coordinating lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report entitled ‘Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change’ which was accepted by member governments on April 13, 2014. Sterner’s comments on the report received wide-spread media coverage in several countries.


Climate Economics draws students from around the world to Gothenburg

During this spring term 33 students from 15 countries converge on the University of Gothenburg to attend specialization courses in Environmental and Climate Economics. They are taught by lecturers from nine countries. Among them is Elizabeth Robinson from the UK who lived in Tanzania for several years.


“We must be able to design the right environmental policies for Africa”

​Justice Tei Mensah from Ghana says that two key strengths of the University of Gothenburg’s specialization course in natural resource economics distinguish this course from others of its kind: “Recent developments in the respective research fields are included, and the course brings students and lecturers from different parts of the world together.”


IPCC Report: Pricing of CO2 Emissions Critical

Despite climate change, most polluters still pay little or nothing when they release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 'A cost of SEK 1, or about USD 0.15, per kilo CO2 would be enough to solve the whole climate change problem,’ says Thomas Sterner, professor of environment economics at the University of Gothenburg.  Sterner is the only Swedish researcher to serve as a coordinating lead author in Working Group III on measures to combat climate change that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will present on Sunday 13 April.  


Video lectures from PhD specialization courses available online

During the spring semester 2014, EfD Sweden will be publishing video recorded lectures from three PhD specialization courses held at University of Gothenburg, on the EfD website. This is the first lecture, given by Martin Persson, Assistant Professor at Physical Resource Theory, Department of Energy and Environment at Chalmers University of Technology.


External Evaluation of EfD

The University of Gothenburg has recently decided to procure EnvEcon Ltd (Economic and Environmental Decision-Support Systems and Solutions), to evaluate the Sida-financed activities of the Environment for Development Initiative and the Environmental Economics PhD program at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg.


The Nature of Economic Development and the Economic Development of Nature

This paper written by Sir Partha Dasgupta reviews and in part extends an emerging literature that integrates development and environmental thinking. It focuses on a small part of the literature: economic evaluation, and goes on to develop the notion of sustainable development and construct a unified language for sustainability and policy analyses.


Call for bids: Review of the SIDA-supported Environmental economics program

The department of Economics at Gothenburg university requests a team of consultant who will review the PhD program Environmental economics and the Environment for development initiative. The program is supported by SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), therefore, the program must be evaluated according to SIDAs manual and terms.


Water Crisis in Rwanda

As a follow up to her recently published PhD thesis Claudine Uwera gives an interview to the French Science magazine “SciDev.Net” and debates against the Deputy Director of the Energy and Water Authority in Rwanda. (In French)


Thomas Sterner visits Arizona State University

Thomas Sterner, Senior Research Fellow of EfD and Professor of Economics at Gothenburg University, visited Arizona State University in Phenix, Friday, Oct. 11 to give a public lecture on “Carbon Tax: The Way Forward”.


Unsafe water in Rwanda: Dissertation by Claudine Uwera

Press release from Gothenburg University, School of Business, Economics and Law. 2013-09-06 Unsafe water in Rwanda: An Empirical Analysis Despite efforts made by the Rwandan government the availability of safe drinking water is far from covering the needs of the population. Only 3.4% have access to tap water within their homes and 32% to any piped network. The majority relies on available non-tap sources and the poor are the most affected, which is shown in a new thesis from the Environmental Economics Unit at School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University.


EEA ESEM 2013: Managing the Commons: In Honour of Elinor Ostrom

In conjunction with Europe's largest national economy conference, EEA ESEM, the Environmental Economics Unit at the University of Gothenburg held a special session in memory of Elinor Ostrom on Thursday 29th of August, 2013. The session was sponsored by the Swedish Research Foundation, FORMAS.


Announcement of job vacancy at EfD Secretariat

A vacant position as Project Administrator has been announced at the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University at the Environmental Economics Unit (EEU), (Department of Economics). The position is a temporary project employment, full time for 16 months with good potential of prolongation. The position is to be filled in September 2013.


Welcoming three new EfD centers

The ambition to make EfD a truly global network of research centers devoted to the application of environmental economics for development is now being acted upon. The Coordination Committee of the EfD Initiative welcomed three new centers as EfD members.


Traffic congestion charges: prices are more effective than restrictions

The citizens of Gothenburg, Sweden will vote soon on whether to continue the already up-and-running congestion charge. New research from the University of Gothenburg shows that congestion charges are indeed a better way to reduce traffic and improve air quality. The doctoral thesis from the School of Business, Economics and Law shows that in Bogota, Colombia drastic driving restrictions have not been effective, while congestion charges besides cutting traffic, as it has happened in Stockholm, may be also used to achieve the European air quality goals.  


Re-launch of the EfD website

Welcome to the new EfD website! After a few intensive months’ work, the new EfD website is up and running. The new site is structured in a less hierarchical way than the  previous site. Examples of new features are that publications are searchable through drop-down-menus and EfD authors receive greater visibility.


Mobile phones and clothes: Important status symbols for chinese farmers

Rural Chinese households are characterised by significant gender differences; men are more influential than women, and the genders also differ in the way they make decisions. Relative status is important to Chinese farmers. For women, spending money on clothes, restaurants and mobile phones signals status; mobile phones serve the same function for men. All of this is found in a new doctoral thesis from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.


Simplified Solutions to Deforestation Ineffective in the Long Run

Deforestation is the second largest source of CO2 emissions after consumption of fossil fuels. So-called PES programmes (payment for ecosystem services), where landowners are paid to replant or protect forests, have been promoted as a way to reduce deforestation. However, the effectiveness of the programmes has been questioned, and new research from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg points to potential negative long-term effects and a need for broader guidelines and policies.


EfD new partner in the Green Growth Knowledge Platform

The Environment for Development Initiative (EfD) has been accepted as a new GGKP Knowledge Partner by the GGKP Council members - the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Bank.


EfD Workshop on Water Research in Kenya

On December 12 and 13 the EfD holds a workshop on collaborative water sector research in Kenya. EfD researchers from Kenya, USA, and Sweden will meet in Gothenburg, Sweden to discuss recent reforms in the Kenyan water sector and take stock of the research needs in order to plan for future EfD research in the Kenyan water sector - and beyond.