EfD aims to support a new generation of engaged researchers based in the Global South. In this magazine you will find stories of the work carried out at our EfD centers across the world.
Since August 12th, Helena Munther started her position as acting communications manager for the EfD Initiative. She is based at the University of Gothenburg and will work close to the EfD Secretariat, other network managers, and will lead the communications team.
The EfD Initiative welcomes Franklin Amuakwa-Mensah as Research Manager. Dr. Amuakwa is an economist with a strong background in environmental and natural resource economics, agricultural economics & development economics.
EfD present at UN report: Urgent action needed to tackle chemical pollution as global production is set to double by 2030
About the The Global Chemicals Outlook II – From Legacies to Innovative Solutions: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: The report was developed with substantive input from a wide range of experts, and through collaboration with numerous partner organizations.
Global environmental problems can be addressed by means of policy instruments such as carbon dioxide taxes, building and technology standards and support for new technology, but the issues are complex and several environmental problems must be addressed simultaneously in order to achieve optimal effect. Therefore, different research areas must work together to find solutions. This is evident from an article published in the journal Nature Sustainability.
Gunnar Köhlin, EfD Director, has been awarded the position as Honorary Professor at School of Economics, University of Cape Town.
Funding from The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has been secured that will enable the Department of Economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University to support the PhD program in economics at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, for the coming five years. The program will be run jointly with Jönköping International Business School (JIBS).
Researchers from eight EfD centers gathered in Gothenburg, to kick- start work on a two-year collaborative program on marine resources. We spoke with program leaders Francisco Alpízar and Håkan Eggert.
The EfD Network proudly presents the new audiovisual production: “The Ecosystem Services Accounting for Development Program (ESAforD)” we encourage all our network to watch and enjoy the video!
The Ecosystem Services Accounting for Development Program (ESAfD) participated in the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists through several appearances in academic sessions and a special policy session coordinated by the ESAforD program researchers.
On July 4th,2018, EfD researchers Jorge Bonilla and Daniel Slunge met researchers from the Gothenburg Air and Climate center (GAC) and the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL) to communicate the current research agenda on air pollution in Colombia and other EfD centers.
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.
Almost 100 researchers from lower- and middle-income countries received Sida, IDRC and EAERE-funded travel grants to participate in WCERE 2018. This vastly enriches the international scope of the congress program.
Hello, Professor Thomas Sterner, who was in Paris last week to talk about the Swedish carbon dioxide tax
Hello, Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics, who was invited to Paris last week to testify to French ministers how the Swedish carbon dioxide tax works, because France is about to introduce a carbon dioxide tax on Swedish level to bring down its greenhouse gas emissions.
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.
EfD researchers are writing review papers on economic policy instruments for chemical management and chemical risk assessment.
In 2018, EfD will launch a new collaborative research program. The two focus areas are effective managment and marine plastic waste.
On 13 November, Thomas Sterner and his American colleagues published the article "Policy sequencing toward decarburization", in the prestigious journal Nature Energy.
With the goal to “teach climate change to our future leaders,” Francisco Alpízar of Costa Rica and Erik Sterner Erik Sterner, doctoral candidate at Chalmers University, Sweden, introduced EfD’s international graduate program in Climate Change and Environmental Economics.
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.
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.
Energy is arguably one of the major challenges in developing countries. Much research has been done on energy production, consumption and access, however energy reliability has been given less focus.
A new publication by prominent economists and lawyers argues that the current value is the “best estimate” of climate change’s costs.
When individuals in China get well-defined and protected property rights of using forest, conservation increases. So does people´s income from the forest. In particular when they have transfer rights to their forest land.
When temperatures climb above 26 degrees Celsius, high school students in Costa Rica are more likely to not attend lectures. The warmer it gets, the higher is the absentee rate.
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.
Duke welcomed over 70 scholars and practitioners from 15 countries for the second annual Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) Meeting, May 9-11, 2017.
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
We are very pleased to announce that the second meeting of the Sustainable Energy TransitionsInitiative (SETI) will take place May 9-11 at Duke University (Durham, NC).
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.
Two Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) on Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries
On January 29th 2017 the Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester (UK) will launch a sequence of two Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries, taught by Professor Dale Whittington and Dr Duncan Thomas.
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.
The Department of Economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg has been selected to host the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, June 25th-29th 2018, WCERE 2018.
Back to back with the of ECRCs consultative workshop on their proposed five-year research program, the EfD secretariat invited one representative from each EfD center to Addis Abeba for a policy research review workshop.
EfD was presented as a solution model for working towards the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals when the SDSN Northern Europe was launched on February 25-26. Particularly the Ethiopian EfD center, ECRC was highlighted as an example.
Since 2012, Yuanyaun Yi has been enrolled in the Global Change and Climate Economics program at the department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. However, her involvement with the EfD initiative goes back almost a decade. “My target is to bridge research in resources economics and policy-oriented outreach,” says Yuanyuan.
Charcoal use from cooking can be reduced by half if Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stoves are subsidized. A consequence would be reduced premature deaths due to indoor air pollution, as well as saved forests in Eastern Africa.
EfD Research Director, Dr. Yonas Alem represented the EfD initiative at the International Growth Center’s Energy and Growth conference held in London, Nov 12-13, 2015.
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).
Thomas Sterner has been appointed visiting professor 2015-16 at Collège de France, the most prestigious higher research institution in France.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
"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.
During the spring semester 2014, EfD Sweden/Environmental Economics Unit recorded lectures from three PhD specialization courses in Environmental and Climate Economics held at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg.
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.