Webinar Recording Available: The Green New Deal: What is a reasonable “realism” in the face of an existential threat?

Presented by Eric Kemp-Benedict of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) . 

On October 9th, 2019 Eric Kemp-Benedict, senior scientist at SEI and USSEE member, presented for the USSEE webinar series on the topic of the Green New Deal. You can find Eric’s webinar on the USSEE Youtube page here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt5qF4hh9fA

Eric has also made his slides from the presentation available here

Webinar Abstract: In high-income countries, the first generation likely to be substantially impacted by climate change is coming of age, and they are urging us to action. Greta Thunberg is asking us to please panic, while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez led the writing of the Green New Deal resolution. Their calls are grounded in appeals to “the science”: the physical mechanisms driving climate change and evidence of impacts from the natural sciences. Meanwhile, William Nordhaus was given the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics for his work on the economics of climate change. His research program has arguably allowed for people to tell us not to panic. Yet, his has not been the only view within economics. In this presentation, I will briefly survey some of the alternatives and present a simple model for exploring broad alternatives. I will then talk about the role of social and institutional trust in making major systemic changes in a time of uncertainty.

Post-doctoral fellow Positions: University of Tennessee

The Baker Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee seeks candidates for two Post-doctoral Fellows.

The first is focused on a broad range of issues related to renewable energy and electricity markets.  Candidates who have a demonstrated track record of working with agent based models, electricity market data or laboratory experiments will be prioritized.  More information on this position can be found here: https://www.aeaweb.org/joe/listing.php?JOE_ID=2019-02_111463736

The second is focused on projects integrating risk into the management and valuation of ecosystem services. The successful candidate will have a strong background in a field such as economics, environmental science, statistics, or applied mathematics by the time of hire.  More information on this position can be found here: https://www.aeaweb.org/joe/listing.php?JOE_ID=2019-02_111463833

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a research paper, and three recommendation letters through the AEA JOE Network submission system by November 15. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Prof. Charles Sims by email (cbsims@utk.edu).

Assistant Professorial Research Fellow (Economics of Climate Change): London School of Economics and Political Science

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in conjunction with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, seeks to appoint an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow to work on the economics of climate change. The successful candidate will make leading contributions to research and engage actively with policy makers to become a thought-leader in the public debate on climate change and the environment.

The successful candidate will have a completed, or be about to complete, a Ph.D. in economics, environmental economics, energy economics or a related discipline and a research focus on the economics of climate change. We are particularly interested in candidates specialising in behavioural economics, micro-econometrics or environmental macroeconomics.  Candidate are also expected to have a track-record or trajectory of peer-reviewed publications in high-ranking, internationally recognised academic journals and excellent written and oral communication skills, including a good command of spoken and written English.

Salary is no less than £55,974 per annum (pay award pending) and the salary scale can be found on the LSE website.

This is a fixed term appointment for 3 years with the possibility to extend (subject to funding).

The closing date for both posts is 30 November 2019 (23.59 UK time) and further details of the job descriptions, person specifications and how to apply can be found on website the LSE website here.

Webinar: The Green New Deal: What is a reasonable “realism” in the face of an existential threat?

Presented by Eric Kemp-Benedict of the Stockholm Environment Institute. 
Wednesday October 9th, 1-2pm EDT

In high-income countries, the first generation likely to be substantially impacted by climate change is coming of age, and they are urging us to action. Greta Thunberg is asking us to please panic, while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez led the writing of the Green New Deal resolution. Their calls are grounded in appeals to “the science”: the physical mechanisms driving climate change and evidence of impacts from the natural sciences. Meanwhile, William Nordhaus was given the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics for his work on the economics of climate change. His research program has arguably allowed for people to tell us not to panic. Yet, his has not been the only view within economics. In this presentation, I will briefly survey some of the alternatives and present a simple model for exploring broad alternatives. I will then talk about the role of social and institutional trust in making major systemic changes in a time of uncertainty.

Eric Kemp-Benedict, a Senior Scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and USSEE member, studies the macroeconomics of a sustainability transition. He joined SEI in 1997, where he has contributed to scenario and modeling studies on diverse topics of relevance to sustainability at national, regional, and global levels. Eric led SEI’s Rethinking Development theme during 2011 and 2012, was director of SEI’s Asia Centre from 2013 until 2016, and is a member of SEI’s Global Research Committee. He has a B.S. in physics from the University of Texas in Austin and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Boston University, as well as an MAT in secondary physics education from Tufts University.

To register for this free event and get login info, visit Eventbrite, or email ussee2013@gmail.com

Call for Papers: 2nd Annual NBER Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy Conference

NBER is seeking papers or proposals for the second annual NBER conference/publication on Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy. They will accept six papers for presentation at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 2020. The audience will include the professional staffs of government agencies, research institutions, and NGOs focused on energy and environmental policy. The contributed papers will then be published in an annual volume by the University of Chicago Press.

To view last year’s agenda and papers for the forthcoming volume, please click HERE and HERE.

Papers should be relevant to current policy debates in the United States and accessible to a professional audience, yet following standard NBER protocol, they should avoid making policy recommendations. While standalone projects are specifically encouraged, they also welcome spinoff projects where authors intend to later submit a more extensive or technical version to a journal, or may have already done so. While no paper should be a duplicate of another paper, alternate versions that put results into a more general, policy relevant context and summarize them in more accessible language are encouraged. This is a great opportunity to communicate research to the policy community.

Submissions should be either complete papers or 2-3 page abstracts outlining the intended contribution. Submissions are due by October 14, 2019, and can be uploaded at

http://www.nber.org/confsubmit/backend/cfp?id=EEPEs20

Submissions from researchers who are not affiliated with the NBER, and from researchers who are from groups that have been historically under-represented in the economics profession, are welcome. The authors of each paper will share an $8,000 honorarium.

Decisions about accepted papers will be made by mid-November. Complete drafts of papers will be due in early April 2019.

The conference and publication is being organized and edited by Matthew Kotchen (Yale), along with James Stock (Harvard) and Catherine Wolfram (Berkeley)

Assistant/Associate Professor of Ecological Economics and Resilience

The University of Nebraska is hiring an assistant or associate professor in Ecological/Environmental Economics, Resilience, and Non-market valuation.

For more information and to apply, visit https://employment.unl.edu/postings/66727 .

From the posting description:

“The incumbent in Ecological Economics and Resilience will contribute to the integrated Land-Grant University missions of research and teaching. The incumbent will serve as an effective scholar and citizen of the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and will support student recruitment and IANR science literacy.

The incumbent will be an integral member of the recently organized Center for Resilience in Agricultural Landscapes, and as such will work with interdisciplinary teams focused on fostering productive and resilient food, energy, water and ecosystem services landscapes. This includes modeling complex and dynamic social-ecological systems and quantifying nonmarket ecosystem services to assist in making trade-offs more transparent.

The incumbent will develop a high-impact, nationally and internationally recognized research and teaching program in ecological economics as related to resilient ecological systems; seek and establish effective disciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations including effective integration with faculty in the Center for Resilience in Agricultural Landscapes and Nebraska One Health; connect with stakeholders, agency, and/or industry partners to strengthen programming; effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, fee revenue, etc.) for research and teaching activities; mentor graduate students; publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and participate in scientific meetings and other appropriate professional activities; and translate research-based information into learner-centered products. This includes creating scholarly, innovative, and high impact learning programs and tools; identifying issues and opportunities focused on learner needs and emerging regional and national issues with international relevance; measuring the impact of your programs and communicating results to administrators, stakeholders, users, and media; and mentoring colleagues through professional development, translational research, grants, and professional writing.

The incumbent will be expected to average 0.35 FTE as determined by the CASNR Academic Appointment Guidelines, and to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in applying resilience thinking to complex problems in agriculture, non-market valuation, or ecological economics. Specific course assignments may be changed over time based on need.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.”

UVM Launches $4,000 Environmental Writing Prize

Now accepting submissions for Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics

The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont invites submissions for the inaugural Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics, which celebrates outstanding writing on the environmental limits of our finite planet.

The winning author will receive $4,000, plus financial support for a trip to the University of Vermont for a public campus event in Burlington, VT.

The Zencey Prize will recognize the best current affairs book or long-form journalism that addresses real-world environmental issues using the principles of ecological economics, a field that explores the relationships between economics and Earth’s limited natural resources.

To be eligible, submissions must be published in English, in the years 2018 or 2019, and target a general audience.

The prize is named after Eric Zencey, a pioneering scholar and public intellectual who worked to bring ecological economics outside the academy to understand and address the political, economic, social, and environmental challenges facing society.

“I hope this prize will inspire future generations of environmental writers and ecological economists to communicate real-world solutions beyond ‘the Ivory Tower,’” said Eric Zencey (1954-2019), whose life will be celebrated on Sept. 29.

UVM students and scholars will benefit from the Zencey Prize through educational opportunities, seminars, readings, and events.

“The Gund Institute for Environment is a leader in ecological economics, thanks to the efforts of scholars like Eric Zencey,” said Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute. “The Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics is an important new prize for the field – and exemplifies Eric’s passion for real-world issues. We thank the Zencey family for their vision and generosity.”

The term “ecological economics” need not appear in submitted works, but the field’s underlying goals – understanding links among ecological, economic and social systems and advancing sustainability, equity, and human well-being – must be evident.

The Zencey Prize is awarded by the Gund Institute, in collaboration with the U.S. Society of Ecological Economics.

Learn more and submit writing to the Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics.

Tenure Track Faculty Position: Assistant or Associate Professor in Economics of Sustainability

The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign seeks to fill a position for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Economics of Sustainability. This position builds on existing strength in the Department of ACE in environmental and natural resource economics, and is part of an initiative to build a center for the economics of sustainability that includes research related to the environment, agriculture, development, and consumer behavior. The department is particularly interested in hiring someone with methodological skills that are complementary to our existing capacity in econometrics, including methods such as optimization, simulation, or experiments.

Primary duties include:

– Develop a nationally prominent research program with publications in leading peer-reviewed scholarly journals and extramural funding

– Contribute to the department’s undergraduate and graduate teaching programs through teaching (generally two courses per year) and student mentoring.

to ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by November 20, 2019. To apply, create a candidate profile at jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a sample of written work, a research statement, a teaching statement, and contact information for three references. Applicants who are currently graduate students or post-doctoral fellows must submit transcripts from their graduate program(s). All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration. Questions about applications can be directed to Melissa Warmbier (mwarmbie@illinois.edu) and questions about the position should be directed to the search chair, Amy Ando (amyando@illinois.edu ).

Boston University Department of Earth and Environment: Tenure Track Faculty Openings

Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment has openings for two tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level, pending budgetary approval. We seek colleagues to conduct research and teach in the social, behavioral, and economic dimensions of coupled human-natural systems, and the economic and policy dimensions of natural resources extraction, governance, use and conservation.

Applicants should demonstrate methodological expertise in a social 
science discipline, a strong research record investigating  socio-environmental systems, and evidence of their potential to enhance intellectual connections across disciplines within the Department and the University. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

-Food, energy and/or water resources, systems, the social, economic, and/or behavioral drivers, and/or consequences of their environmental impacts and/or policies to mitigate them

-Management, conservation and/or governance of terrestrial or aquatic biological resources

-Climate change impacts and adaptation (sustainable development goals, or urban sustainability and resilience)

-Natural hazards (hydrologic, coastal, seismic, wildfire) vulnerability, 
impacts, and mitigation

-Investigation of couplings between, and co-evolution of, natural and human systems over space, and/or at different geographic scales

The successful candidate is expected to an excellent teacher and mentor who will lead core and elective courses in support of the Department’s PhD program, professional MA in Energy and Environment, the undergraduate major in Environmental Analysis and Policy, as well as new curricular initiatives.

We seek to build a faculty with diverse life experiences and 
intellectual approaches, and welcome applications from persons of any gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, ethnicity, physical ability, and/or spiritual beliefs.

Please apply via AcademicJobsOnline 
https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Facademicjobsonline.org%2Fajo%2Fjobs%2F14430&data=02%7C01%7CRESECON%40lsv.uky.edu%7C8511f3424c49447c7fb008d732dc98c7%7C2b30530b69b64457b818481cb53d42ae%7C0%7C0%7C637033795359280568&sdata=EOtmJMhypeYDBuYdg%2FaYWRBsLzaBM3MnVK41DIAsx3U%3D&reserved=0. Applications should include (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter (including a discussion of approaches to diversity and inclusion in teaching, advising and scholarship), (3) a statement outlining synergies between the applicant’s research and teaching and ongoing activities within the Department, (4) one representative publication, and (5) names and contact information of at least three referees.

Questions about the position should be addressed to the search chair, Prof. Ian Sue Wing via email at: isw@bu.edu. Review of applications begins November 1, 2019.

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Postdoc Opportunity: Michigan State University

Michigan State University is searching for a social scientist postdoctoral scholar to be a part of a four-year NSF-funded grant that is developing new ways to reduce the social, economic and environmental costs of hydropower development. We are going into the last two years of the project and the focus is on quantitative data analysis and publications of the social science data collected.

Project Abstract: An estimated 3,700 major dams are currently either planned or under construction worldwide, and they will continue to play significant roles in energy production in the foreseeable future, especially in developing countries. This study’s goal is to develop innovative solutions for hydropower– not just to produce energy for the national grid, but woven into the surrounding food, water, and institutional systems. The team includes hydro-engineers, hydrogeologists, climatologists, biologists and social scientists working in tandem to offer transformative solutions for hydropower development while ensuring that social and environmental benefits outweigh costs. The project is being conducted in three different basins in the Brazilian Amazon. The social science component is generating a household-level data set of 8 communities, and a total of some 1200 households using randomized sampling, that have been impacted by hydropower development in the Madeira basin in Brazil. In addition, plans are underway to start doing a similar survey in two other basins. The social analysis will focus on impacts on households, differences in compensation and resettlement, and on social/economic changes experienced by households. 

The post-doctoral fellow will work on statistical analysis of data collected through a social survey protocol, and may help with the design of a new survey. Strong demonstrated statistical skills are required.  Candidate should be able to work independently but value collaboration with the PIs in the project.

The position will start as soon as an appropriate candidate is found. Candidates will be based in East Lansing, Michigan. Position will initially be for one year, with possible renewal for another year, depending on performance. Salary will be based on commensurate education and experience.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources websiteposting number 596257. Applications should include (a) a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s interest in the position and how the applicant meets the qualifications specified above, (b) a current CV, and (c) 3 letters of recommendation. Queries may be directed to Professor Maria Claudia Lopez, Chair of the Search. mlopez@msu.edu

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