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  • EfD Director and Senior Research Fellow

Köhlin, Gunnar

Gunnar Köhlin is the Director of Environment for Development – a global network of environmental economics’ centers. He is also an Associate Professor at the Environmental Economics Unit, Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg.

  • Senior Research Fellow and EfD Research Director

Alem, Yonas

Yonas Alem is currently a research fellow at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, where he received his PhD in Economics. He is also the research Director of the EfD network where he undertakes duties of reviewing research proposals, research deliverables and submissions for EfD discussion paper series by researchers in the network.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Sterner, Thomas

Thomas Sterner is a professor of environmental economics in Gothenburg and a university fellow at RFF, in 2012-2013 he was on sabbatical leave from Gothenburg and worked as Chief Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). His main areas of work at the EDF were on instrument design for climate policy, catch shares in fisheries and other areas.

  • Communication manager

Jonson, Karin

Karin Jonson is the communication manager of EfD initiative.

  • Senior Research Fellow and International Research Associate

Carlsson, Fredrik

Fredrik Carlsson is a professor of economics at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. His fields of specialization are environmental economics, applied microeconomics, and behavioral economics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Gothenburg in 1999.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Coria, Jessica

Jessica Coria is an associate professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Gothenburg. Her current research is on unintended impacts of the interaction of multiple environmental policies, tradable permits in less developed countries, and effects of the choice of environmental policies on the rate of adoption of new technologies.  

  • Senior Research Fellow

Eggert, Håkan

Håkan Eggert is Associate professor at the Department of Economics and Chairman of the undergraduate environmental social science program and of the masters program in environmental management and economics at the University of Gothenburg. He has been resident advisor at EfD Tanzania, University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).

  • Senior Research Fellow, Sida Advisor, Project leader

Ekbom, Anders

Anders Ekbom works at the Environmental Economics Unit (EEU), Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is responsible for a Sida financed Helpdesk for Environmental Economics at EEU. In 2007 he completed his PhD thesis on soil capital, land use and agricultural production in Kenya.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Johansson-Stenman, Olof

Olof Johansson-Stenman's current research interest is largely about behavioral, environmental and public economics, and about exploring deviations from the purely selfish, rational and atomistic "Homo Economicus" where many papers include aspects of social comparisons or pro-social behavior.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Lampi, Elina

Elina Lampi is an associate professor at the Environmental Economics Unit, Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. Her research interests focus on Environmental Economics, Behavioral Economics, and Environmental Valuation. One of her current research projects is on the prescription of antibiotics and the difference between health centres.  

  • Research Officer

Poot, Marleen

Marleen Poot works at the research data service team at the Gothenburg University Library, where she supports the library in developing a university-wide Data Access Unit. Marleen previously worked as research officer at the EfD secretariat.

  • Project administrator

Gebresilassie, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Gebreselassie the acting project administrator for the Environment for Development Initiative (EfD). Main tasks: EfD and EEU contract management and facilitation, monitoring of contracts including financial reporting, coordination of direct procurements, organisation of international meetings and travel logistics.

  • Research Manager

Amuakwa-Mensah, Franklin

Dr. Amuakwa-Mensah is the EfD Research Manager, responsible for administrating the EfD research fund and in collaboration with the Research Committee review submitted research proposals, research deliverables and submissions for EfD discussion paper series by researchers in the network.

  • Acting Communications Manager

Munther, Helena

Since August 12th of 2019, 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.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Löfgren, Åsa

Åsa Löfgren is Associate Professor and Assistant Head of Department at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. Currently, Löfgren is working on research issues related to climate change and behavioral economics; in particular, her research covers different aspects of policy instruments, fairness, and industrial investment behavior. 

  • Financial Assistant

Oliveira, Selma

Selma Oliveira is a finance assistant at the Department of Economics at University of Gothenburg. She supports the EfD Initiative in recording the financial transactions, including maintaining financial records, processing payments, preparing financial reports and handling various ad hoc finance related queries to ensure smooth operation of all finance matters.

  • Project Administrator

Goh, Po-Tsan

Ms Po-Ts'an Goh is the Project Administrator for Environment for Development (EfD) at the EfD Secretariat, School of Business, Economics & Law, University of Gothenburg.

  • Program Manager

Olai, Susanna

Susanna Olai is the Program Manager of EfD.   

  • Director Strategic Initiatives

Damon, Maria

Dr. Maria Damon serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives for the EfD. Dr. Damon is widely published in the fields of environmental policy, green growth, and development economics. Prior to joining EfD, Damon was on the faculty at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She holds a Ph.D.