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

Post-doctoral Position Available: Interdisciplinary Analysis of Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Alaska

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as lower latitudes with far-reaching consequences for access to energy and mineral resources, global trade and tourism routes, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and human health and safety. Impacts of the changing Arctic are particularly salient for the region’s Indigenous peoples.  The need for integrated, transdisciplinary research to better understand social and economic impacts and potential opportunities from climate change for Alaska is critically needed. Despite this need, there has been little work done to assess the economic costs and benefits of Arctic change, especially with regard to impacts in Alaska, or the value of existing federal and state services and products. Given that impacts and associated costs arise at scales ranging from the local to the global, there is a spectrum of opportunities for theory building and methods development that can only be accomplished through the deep integration of disciplines.  This work is critical for meeting pressing societal needs and to inform decisions and policy.

The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (a NOAA Regional Integrated Science and Assessment team) seeks a post-doctoral research fellow to explore the social and economic impacts of climate change in Alaska from an interdisciplinary perspective. Possible sectors of analysis include but are not limited to fisheries (including ocean acidification), transportation (and trans-Arctic shipping), infrastructure, mineral, oil & gas resource development, mixed-subsistence economies, and the provision of related climate services. We are also interested in an analysis of the economic impacts of ACCAP’s work.

Based in the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), ACCAP specializes in interdisciplinary research and stakeholder engagement to meet the science and information needs related to climate change in Alaska.

This post-doctoral fellowship includes opportunities to directly engage ACCAP’s partners and stakeholders in use-inspired basic research and knowledge co-production. The person in this position will work closely in an interdisciplinary team environment that includes a spectrum of senior scientists, junior scientists, graduate students, and research professionals. Collaborating organizations include the Center for Arctic Policy Studies (CAPS) at UAF, the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and other ACCAP partner organizations.

Desired state date: Negotiable. As soon as possible.

Duration: 2 year, term funded

Location: International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Open until filled.  

To apply submit CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter to Sarah Trainor <sarah.trainor@alaska.edu> with “Econ Post-Doc Application” in the subject line.  The cover letter should include a description of the candidate’s PhD research, a statement of interest outlining potential research project, including sectors of interest, and research approach, and past experience with research in Alaska and/or the Arctic.

UAF is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination/.

Postdoctoral Fellow – Resource Economics, West Virginia University

The Division of Resource Economics and Management (https://resourcemanagement.wvu.edu/) at West Virginia University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow with a focus on land use and Food-Energy-Water (FEW) modeling. The position is funded by a research grant from The National Science Foundation (NSF) and will focus on examination of interdependencies between energy and agricultural markets, trade policies, and sustainability of water resources. The successful candidate will engage in analytical and empirical modeling of agricultural commodity markets with spatial land use and watershed management components. The ideal candidate will have i) strong quantitative training in mathematical modeling (GAMS), ii) ability to learn and work with watershed and land management modeling tools (e.g. EPIC/APEX or similar), and iii) experience in econometric analysis and Geographic Information Systems.

Salary and Timing: The position offers competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes fringe benefits. Initial appointment is for 12 months with a possibility for extension for additional 12 months subject to satisfactory performance. 

Qualifications:

  • A PhD in environmental/resource/agricultural economics (or closely related field)
  • Experience with Mathematical Programing using GAMS
  • Working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Ability to work with watershed simulation tools (e.g. EPIC/APEX or similar) is preferred.
  • Familiarity with policy and economic issues surrounding energy and agricultural industries
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, and effective communication skills

Applications: Qualified applicants should submit: (i) a cover letter describing relevant experience and research interests, (ii) curriculum vita, (iii) transcripts, (iv) a representative research paper and (v) names and contact information for three or more references (they will not be contacted without permission from the candidate). 

The review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, please visit http://hr.research.wvu.edu and click on the “View Jobs” link. West Virginia University encourages applications from and nominations of women, disabled individuals, veterans, and members of minority groups

For additional information contact Dr. Levan Elbakidze (levan.elbakidze@mail.wvu.edu)

Job Opening: Department of Earth and Environment at Florida International University

The Department of Earth and Environment of Florida International University invites applicants for the following TWO positions with tenure or tenure-track depending on candidate’s merit:

(A)        Associate Professor in Environmental Sustainability
(B)        Associate Professor in GIS & Remote Sensing

Associate Professor of Environmental Sustainability

Candidates are expected to hold a doctoral degree in sustainability science or closely related fields and conduct research and teaching in the same area. We particularly seek individuals conducting transformative, interdisciplinary, extramurally-funded, research at the interface of human and natural systems.  The Department of Earth and Environment (https://earthenvironment.fiu.edu/index.html) is composed of a diverse faculty with research interests in environmental, earth, atmospheric, and hydrologic sciences, as well as environmental resource economics, policy, management, and conservation. The Department is committed in our research and teaching to finding sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

Environmental Sustainability is a complex field spanning the environmental, social, and economic systems. We seek scientists experienced at working across disciplines, with a strong background in any of the following areas: systems ecology, urban systems, water, sustainable food systems, bio-environmental systems, green technologies, resource economics and policy, and/or regional sustainability planning.  The ability to evaluate “sustainability” scenarios and plans through quantitative methods and/or modeling is of interest to the Department.       Principal responsibilities will include establishment of a strong externally funded research program, development of active collaborations with other faculty, research partners, and members of the community including policy makers and resource managers; and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, especially in our BA in Sustainability Program. Research at FIU is typically coordinated under one of several Institutes and Research Centers, many of which are preeminent programs, (https://beyondpossible.fiu.edu/preeminent-programs/), including the Institute of Water and Environment, the Southeast Environmental Research Center, the Sea Level Solutions Center, the Institute for Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure, International Center for Tropical Biology, Extreme Events Institute, and Agroecology Program.

Associate Professor of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Remote Sensing

Candidates are expected to hold a doctoral degree in environmental science, geoscience, geography, engineering or related fields, conduct research in GIS and/or remote sensing, and teach related classes. We particularly seek individuals conducting transformative, world-class, quantitative, interdisciplinary research with transferrable funds. The Department of Earth and Environment (https://earthenvironment.fiu.edu/index.html) is composed of a diverse faculty with research interests in environmental, earth, atmospheric, and hydrologic sciences, as well as environmental resource economics, policy, management, and conservation. The Department is committed in our research and teaching to find sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

GIS & Remote Sensing is a complex field spanning environmental, social, and economic systems. We seek interdisciplinary scientists with a strong background in GIS & remote sensing technologies with emphasis on coastal hazards, sea level rise impacts, and storm surge flooding.

Principal responsibilities will include (1) establishment of a strong externally funded research program, (2) development of active collaborations with other faculty, research partners, and members of the community including weather and coastal forecasting agencies, policy makers and resource managers, and (3) teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, especially in our GIS center. Research at FIU is typically coordinated under one of several Institutes and Research Centers, many of which are preeminent programs (https://beyondpossible.fiu.edu/preeminent-programs/), including the Extreme Events Institute (EEI) and its International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC), the Institute of Water and Environment (InWE), the Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC), the Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC), the Institute for Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure (InteRaCt), and International Center for Tropical Botany (ICTB). 
Application Process

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 519022 at facultycareers.fiu.edu and attach cover letter (detailing which position is being applied for), a detailed curriculum vitae, and statements of Research, Teaching, and Diversity Inclusion philosophies as a single pdf file.  The CV and cover letters should provide detailed evidence of a record of extramural funding. The successful candidate will be expected to have an extramurally, well-funded, active research program that includes transferable funding that will aid in launching their program at FIU. Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least three references who will be contacted upon as determined by the search committee.  To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by September 30th, 2019.  Review will continue until position is filled. Assistance in writing diversity statements can be found at https://advance.fiu.edu/_assets/docs/fiu-guidelines-for-writing-a-diversity-statement.pdf

2019 USSEE Award Winners: Jonathan Harris and Mahadev Bhat

The USSEE is excited to announce our 2019 award recipients: Jonathan Harris of Tufts University for the Herman Daly Award, and Mahadev Bhat of Floridan International University for the Bernado Aguilar Award. Dr. Harris and Dr. Bhat were presented with their awards by USSEE president Robert Richardson at the member luncheon of the 10th biennial conference on Wednesday August 14th.

Herman Daly Award

This award is given in honor of Herman Daly, one of the visionaries who founded the field of ecological economics. The award is designed to recognize individuals who have connected ecological economic thinking to practical applications and implementation of solutions that are sustainable in scale, equitable in distribution and efficient in allocation. An ad-hoc Awards committee, composed of USSEE Board members, convenes prior to the biennial conference, no later than February of the conference year. The committee actively seeks nominations for the award, researches the candidates, and makes a recommendation to the USSEE board as a whole. The board then votes on the award. The award is given in conjunction with the US Society for Ecological Economics biennial conference.

The 2019 Herman Daly Award is presented to Dr. Jonathan M. Harris.

Jonathan Harris is a Senior Research Associate with the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. Dr. Harris is co-author of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach (4th ed., Routledge, 2018) and of Macroeconomics in Context, Principles of Economics in Context, and Microeconomics in Context (Routledge, 2019), author of “Green Keynesianism: Beyond Standard Growth Paradigms” in Building a Green Economy: Perspectives from Ecological Economics (Robert Richardson ed., MSU Press 2013); co-editor of Twenty-First Century Macroeconomics: Responding to the Climate Challenge (Edward Elgar, 2009), New Thinking in Macroeconomics: Social and Institutional Perspectives (Edward Elgar, 2003), and of the Frontier Issues in Economic Thought volumes A Survey of Sustainable Development, A Survey of Ecological Economics, and Human Well-Being and Economic Goals. He is also editor of Rethinking Sustainability: Power, Knowledge, and Institutions; author of World Agriculture and the Environment; and co-author of environmental teaching modules on climate change, renewable energy, and environmental issues in macroeconomics. He has served as President of the United States Society for Ecological Economics, and as Adjunct Associate Professor of International Economics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

 Bernardo Aguilar Award

This award is given in honor of Bernardo Aguilar, a longtime member of ISEE and USSEE, a current member of the ISEE Board, and a former member of the USSEE Board. The Bernardo Aguilar Award was established in 2007 and is given to a person nominated and selected by students. The award was created to recognize a professional who has inspired students through teaching, research, ideas, and/or mentoring in ecological economics.

The 2019 Bernardo Aguilar Award is presented to Dr. Mahadev G. Bhat.

Dr. Mahadev Bhat is Professor of Natural Resource Economics in the Departments of Earth and Environment and Economics at Florida International University (FIU). Dr. Bhat’s research focuses economic and policy issues relating to natural resources management, including sustainable development, agriculture, water, coastal and marine resources, and ecosystem services valuation. He has more than 250 research articles, book chapters, publications and presentations. He has received research funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Science Foundation, National Parks Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and private foundations. Dr. Bhat has advised more than 30 graduate students and 150 undergraduate students on their research and independent study projects. He co-founded the FIU Agroecology Program with the aid of over 20 different USDA grant programs, which helped train over 400 under-represented students in agricultural and natural resources sciences and prepare them for career and higher education. His USDA-funded grants helped establish a multi-university consortium for training over 150 Hispanic students in South Florida and Puerto Rico. Dr. Bhat co-established the FIU Organic Garden, which serves as a teaching tool in urban and sustainable agriculture. The Garden was designated as a People’s Garden by USDA for having promoted sustainable agriculture education and benefited the FIU student community.

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