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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS EAERE-FEEM-VIU European Summer School in Resource and Environmental Economics

Climate Change Assessment: Economic Models and Evaluation Criteria
30 June – 6 July 2018 – Venice, Italy

www.feem.it/ess18/

Deadline for applications: February 15th, 2018

The European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and Venice International University (VIU) are pleased to announce their annual European Summer School in Resource and Environmental Economics for postgraduate students.

The 2018 Summer School will take place from the 30th June to the 6th of July at the VIU campus on the Island of San Servolo, in Venice, located just in front of St. Mark’s Square. The topic covered by the 2018 Summer School is the Climate Change Assessment: Economic Models and Evaluation Criteria.

The objective of the 2018 School is to provide students with a broad understanding of the theory and practice of welfare assessment of economic climate change models, and more generally in the evaluation of long-term environmental economic problems. We focus on two different perspectives: (i) how to construct analytical and numerical climate change models; and (ii) how to design appealing welfare criteria for climate change assessment.

Different economic models and evaluation criteria can lead to vastly different policy recommendations, partially undermining their influence. Some models and criteria can imply pathologic or socially unacceptable implications; for example, when evaluating risk, uncertainty, inequalities, and endogenous population. These issues are addressed in a synthesis of the modelling and evaluative perspectives, following the recent advances in climate change economics.

The 2018 School aims at Ph.D. students and Postdocs working on related topics; Ph.D. students are expected to be in the process of writing a thesis chapter on positive or normative aspects of welfare assessment of climate change (or related long-run integrated policy assessment problems). Attendants will present their research and will receive valuable feedback from the other participants as well as from the School lecturers. An assigned tutor will provide individual feedback during consultation time.

FACULTY

Matthew ADLER
Richard A. Horvitz Professor of Law and Professor of Economics, Philosophy and Public Policy, Duke University

Geir ASHEIM (School Co-Coordinator)
Professor of Economics, University of Oslo

Marc FLEURBAEY
Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanities Studies, Princeton University

Reyer GERLAGH
Professor of Environmental Economics, Tilburg University

Paolo PIACQUADIO (School Co-Coordinator)
Associate Professor of Economics, University of Oslo

Christian TRAEGER
Professor of Economics, University of Oslo

ADMISSION AND SCHOLARSHIPS

The Summer School is aimed at Ph.D. students who are writing a thesis on the dynamic macro-economics of environmental and resource problems or climate change and Postdocs who want to engage into a highly interactive exchange with experts in the field. Students will be asked to present an advanced version of their research work and will receive valuable feedback from fellow students and from the School professors.

Application is restricted to 2018 EAERE members, both European and non European citizens.

The application form, information on participation fee and scholarships, and the Summer School regulations are available in the Summer School website.

Summer School Secretariat
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
ess@feem.it
www.feem.it/ess18

Handbook on Growth and Sustainability Launched

Edited by Peter A. Victor, Professor, York University and Brett Dolter, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Ottawa, Canada
Cover Photo of Handbook on Growth and SustainabilityThis Handbook assembles original contributions from influential authors such as Herman Daly, Paul Ekins, Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Jeroen van den Bergh, William E. Rees and Tim Jackson who have helped to define our understanding of growth and sustainability. The Handbook also presents new contributions on topics such as degrowth, the debt-based financial system, cultural change, energy return on investment, shorter working hours and employment, and innovation and technology. Explorations of these issues can deepen our understanding of whether growth is sustainable and, in turn, whether a move away from growth can be sustained. With issues such as climate change looming large, our understanding of growth and sustainability is critical. This Handbook offers a broad range of perspectives that can help the reader to decide: Growth? Sustainability? Both? Or neither?

Bringing Ecological Economics into a Standard Environmental Economics Course

John Gowdy is Professor of Economics, and Science & Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is the 2009 recipient of the Herman Daly Award for his contributions to ecological economics, is the author of over 170 published articles and 10 books, and has 35 years of experience teaching economics.

Here John shares his insights on incorporating some core theories and concepts from ecological economics into his undergraduate environmental economics courses. You can also find the syllabus for John’s course here.

You can expect to find more blog posts like John’s in the future, as well as other teaching materials on the new curriculum page of our website. If you are interested in contributing or writing a blog post for the site, please contact Erin Lennox at lennoe@gmail.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER, GUND INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont is recruiting one or more Postdoctoral Associates to pursue research at the interface of environmental, social, and economic systems. We are seeking exceptional early-career scholars committed to connecting interdisciplinary research to important sustainability challenges. These two-year positions are the first in a new competitive postdoctoral program, with new associates to be appointed each year.

About the position:

Postdocs will be supervised by at least one Fellow of the Gund Institute. Co-advisors from different departments are encouraged. We expect postdocs to develop additional collaborations with UVM scholars and the institute’s wide network of external colleagues, and to participate actively in seminars, workshops, and other events hosted by the institute.

We offer an annual salary of $49,000 plus benefits, and a discretionary fund of $5,000 /year to support research costs and travel. Postdocs will also have opportunities for professional development (e.g., media and communications training). Expected start date is summer 2017.

About the Gund Institute:

The Gund Institute mobilizes scholars and leaders to understand and solve the world’s critical environmental problems. More than 60 faculty, postdocs, students, and staff collaborate to study the interactions between people and nature and to build a more sustainable future.

To fulfill its mission, the institute catalyzes cross-cutting research, nurtures a global community of scholars, and connects findings to local and global decision-makers. The Gund Institute is poised to broaden its scope significantly, with substantial new resources to support this growth.

Eligibility and application:

Candidates must have completed a PhD by the start date, and no earlier than 5 years before it. Competitive candidates will have a strong record of success in natural or social sciences, a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary work, a keen interest in connecting research to policy, and high potential to become global leaders in sustainability.

If interested, first contact potential advisors to discuss your ideas. The best proposals are typically co-developed with proposed advisors. Then, submit an application online by April 21. Applications comprise a cover letter, CV, research proposal, and letter of support from your proposed advisor (see website for further details). Applications will be evaluated on scientific merit, potential for real-world impact, excellence of the applicant, fit with Gund Institute research themes, and feasibility.

About the University of Vermont:

The University of Vermont (UVM) is the only comprehensive university in the state and Vermont’s land-grant institution. UVM enrolls 13,000 students, including 1,500 graduate students, and attracts more than $138 million in research awards annually. The campus overlooks Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and Green mountains, and is surrounded by the small, historical city of Burlington, perennially voted one of America’s best places to live. UVM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Harvard Environmental Fellows Program

The Harvard Environmental Fellows Program awards two-year postdoctoral fellowships to outstanding young scholars in any environment-related discipline.  The goal of the program is to create a community of interdisciplinary researchers—working alongside Harvard faculty hosts—to tackle our most compelling environmental challenges.  Program alumni are currently working at universities like Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, and the University of Michigan. Other former Fellows are working at research institutes around the world and in new energy start-ups.

We are looking for the very best candidates with environment-related research interests across all science disciplines, social sciences and policy, and the humanities. This year we are hosting a cohort representing research areas in history, history of science, climate science, chemistry, literature, biology and economics.

The Center will award approximately six two-year postdoctoral fellowships this coming spring for an award to start in September 2017. The fellowships are among the most generous at Harvard, paying a salary of $64,000 per year with benefits eligibility, $2,500 each year for professional/research expenses, and a one-time stipend for relocation expenses. The application deadline is January 18, 2017. The Center asks applicants to propose a research program and to secure a commitment from one or more Harvard faculty members to host their work.  Hosts provide office or lab space as well as mentoring, and the Center will handle the rest of the administrative responsibilities.

Additional information on the Environmental Fellows Program and the application form are posted at www.environment.harvard.edu. The attached poster includes a summary of the information on our website.  Please help us by forwarding it to your graduating students and to your colleagues at other universities.

If you have any questions about the fellowships, please do not hesitate to contact Jim Clem at clem@fas.harvard.edu.

CSF’s Economic Tools for Conservation Course

Recruitment for Conservation Strategy Fund’s annual International Economic Tools for Conservation course is in full swing. This year’s course will be held July 25th – August 5th, 2016 at the University of California Berkeley as part of our new partnership with the College of Natural Resources’ International and Executive programs (IEP). CSF’s Economic Tools courses are regarded as the premier training event in applied economics for environmental professionals from around the world. During the two-week session, participants learn to use economics to be more successful in their work, and experience a transformational shift in how they view environmental issues. 98% of course graduates say the course changed the way they approach conservation issues, and 100% say they would recommend it to a colleague.

Please contact Niki Gribi at niki@conservation-strategy.org with any questions.

Announcing a new publishing venue on ethics and economics

The Journal of Business Ethics, a journal in on the Financial Times (FT 45) list for the ranking of research in business schools, has invited Julie Nelson to be the inaugural editor of a new Section on “Business Ethics and Economics.”  
 
This section invites discussions of the relationship between economics and business ethics. Conventional economic theories about firms and the people involved in them encourage a very narrow focus on profit and monetary incentives. Yet the reality of business is far more complex, and the consequences of ethical or unethical economic behaviour are far-reaching. How can the discipline of economics—and the teaching of economics within business schools–more adequately address issues of business ethics? Are there concerns of economists, either conventional or critical, that business ethicists should take more seriously? Authors submitting to this section are welcome to explore these questions from philosophical or historical perspectives, offer conceptual insights, and/or use quantitative or qualitative methods of empirical analysis.
 
Please consider sending your relevant work to this new section. Submissions that explore the ethical dimensions of environmental and ecological issues, as they overlap with economics and business, would certainly be within the sections’ scope. Please also pass the news to others who might be interested! 
 
For more information and on-line submission see:
 
For information about the scope of the section, or to volunteer to review submissions, contact:

 

Feminist Economics Special Issue: Call For Papers

Feminist Economics invites papers for a new special issue on ‘Sustainability, Ecology, and Care’ designed to encourage cross-fertilization and open new horizons between the fields of feminist economics and ecological economics. The special issue is planned for print publication in January 2018 (with advance online publication in 2017). Feminist Economics especially welcomes contributions from the Global South and transition economies. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2016. See further details and the full call for papers here.

 

Gund Institute PhD Assistantships

The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM) will recruit two exceptional PhD students for Fall 2015 as part of a newly-funded Graduate Assistantship program. Students will have considerable latitude and assistance in developing the direction of their work but it should focus broadly on our research themes: Ecological Economics, Natures Benefits, Healthy Landscapes and Seascapes and Climate Change.

The Gund Institute is an interdisciplinary research center, where more than 50 faculty, post-docs, and graduate students collaborate widely to understand the interactions among ecological, social, and economic systems. Consistent with the mission of the Institute, we seek students interested in both advancing research frontiers and addressing concrete environmental issues.

OFFER: PhD students will receive four years of funding which will cover tuition and a generous stipend. Some of the tuition for this program may be covered via teaching assistantships. Funding is guaranteed for four years.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree preferred but all highly qualified candidates will be considered.

APPLICATION: Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged. Interested students should complete the following steps:

  1. Identify and contact potential faculty advisors. See the list of Gund Institute Fellows for potential advisors. Fellows expressing particular interest include: Jon Erickson, Josh Farley, Brendan Fisher, Gillian Galford, Bill Keeton, Chris Koliba, Ernesto Mendez, Taylor Ricketts, Joe Roman, Donna Rizzo, Brian Voigt, Lini Wollenberg, Asim Zia.
  2. Apply to the appropriate college or school by February 1, 2015 (this may be earlier than their usual deadline). In your application, indicate your interest in the Gund PhD Assistantship and the faculty you have been in touch with. Faculty will nominate candidates for the Gund Assistantship from among those applying to their college or school.

TEACH-IN: Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth

Saturday October 25th (10am-10pm) and Sunday October 26th (10am-7pm)

45 Leading scholars, authors and activists will convene at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City, for a public “teach-in” on the profound impacts– environmental, economic and social– of runaway technological expansionism, and cyber immersion; the tendency to see technology as the savior for all problems. A change of direction is required, returning the fate of nature to the center of economic and social decision making.

Speakers at this event will include: Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Ralph Nader, Richard Heinberg, Helen Caldicott, Wes Jackson, and many others. For a full list of speakers, visit here.

For further details and ticket information, please visit the event website: http://ifg.org/TECHNO-UTOPIA/