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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”.


EfD Knowledge Aid

In a brief interview with UNU-Wider Wisdom Akpalu, Associate Professor of Economics at SUNY-Farmingdale, NY, shares his view on the effectiveness of development knowledge aid and the impact of the “Gothenburg mafia” on Africa. A maybe misleading expression which relates to Wisdom himself and his former PhD colleagues who studied at the Environmental Economics Unit of the Economics Department at Gothenburg University.


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.


Sterner at the Resource 2012 in Oxford: Property rights are key for resource efficiency

When choosing policy instruments to manage our planet´s resources we need to think about both efficiency and fairness, said Professor Thomas Sterner when he was invited as Visiting Chief Economist of the Environmental Defense Fund to address the prestigious global conference Resource 2012 in Oxford. Other speakers included David Attenborough, Bill Clinton, Amartya Sen and Hans Rosling.


Eggert discusses sustainable fisheries in the EU

Håkan Eggert, Associated Professor in Environmental Economics, University of Gothenburg, is one of the panelists in a European Parliament panel discussion on Sustainable fisheries in the EU – getting incentives right on April 25. Other panelists are other researchers, a Swedish Fishermen’s Federation representative and Members of the European Parliament such as Isabella Lövin, author of the renowned book Silent Seas (Tyst hav).


Sterner speaks at European Parliament about managing fishing overcapacity

Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Gothenburg, speaks at a public hearing on the subject “The feasibility of Transferable Fishing Concessions in the context of Common Fisheries Policy Reform” organized by The Committee on Fisheries of the European Parliament on 24 April, at 15.30-18.30.


Global competition for land threatens poor people's land rights

The first open seminar in a series organized by Land Rights Research Initiative (LARRI) discusses, with examples from Africa, how the growing demand for land for commercial investments threatens to deprive poor rural households of their access to land. It also discusses what scope there is and what measures are required to turn this development into a positive outcome at the local level.


Sterner interviewed in Africa Renewal about Nigerian petrol subsidies

Professor Thomas Sterner is interviewed in the April issue of the renowned magazine, Africa Renewal, published by the Strategic Communications Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information. "The next time the government contemplates removing the subsidy, it must be "more careful"," argues Sterner.


Sterner speaks in the French Parliament about the Swedish tax reform

"Perspectives on a comprehensive tax reform – Experiences from Sweden and challenges for France” is the topic of a conference in the French parliament on Thursday March 15. Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Gothenburg, will present the advantages and difficulties of the approach adopted in Sweden.


Adaptation to Climate Change Workshop held in Gothenburg

Climate change is expected to have significant impacts on the agricultural sector in Sub-Saharan African countries. In this regard, adaptation mechanisms to climate change play a paramount role in reducing the impact on agricultural productivity and food security. With this motivation, the EfD-EEU in Gothenburg, hosted a first collaborative research workshop on the theme “adaptation to climate change in African agriculture” in Gothenburg, Sweden, February 9-10, 2012.


Great interest in the critique of fuel subsidies in Indonesian press

Indonesian news media showed great interest in a lecture given by Thomas Sterner at the second Annual Conference of the East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (EAAERE) at Bandung, Indonesia, on February 2-4. More than 20 news articles were published online, most of them about fuel subsidies, prices and taxes. The number of articles published in the printed press of Indonesia is not known.


PhD programme in Climate Economics at the University of Gothenburg

The Environmental Economics Unit (EEU) at the University of Gothenburg offers five full scholarships in a PhD programme in Climate Economics with admission September 2012. (Assuming the program will be financed). This program will be a continuation of the former program but with a heavier emphasis on Climate change as the prime environmental problem of our time.


Sterner keynote lecturer at EAAERE 2012 in Indonesia

Thomas Sterner, professor of environmental economics in University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a fellow at Resource for the Future (RFF), is invited to give a keynote lecture on “The Design of Environmental Policy Instrument: Efficiency, Informational Requirements and Political Feasibility”at the 2nd Annual Conference of the East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (EAAERE) at Bandung, Indonesia, on February 2-4, 2012.


New edition:Policy Instruments for Environmental and Natural Resource Management

This book by Thomas Sterner and Jessica Coria is an attempt to encourage more widespread and careful use of economic policy instruments. The book compares the accumulated experiences of the use of economic policy instruments in the U.S. and Europe, as well as in rich and poor countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Ambitious in scope, it discusses the design of instruments that can be employed in any country in a wide range of contexts, including transportation, industrial pollution, water pricing, waste, fisheries, forests, and agriculture.