Congratulations to Philip Kofi Adom, SLU’s nominee to the Global Swede Ceremony!

Philip Kofi AdomThe aim of the ceremony is to draw attention to foreign students and their significance as Swedish ambassadors. To encourage and engage these students to, upon completing their studies, maintain their relationship to Sweden and their University.

Philip was nominated by SLU with the following text: Philip Kofi Adom from Ghana finished his PhD thesis in record time, 1.5 years. Philip’s research combine methods and study areas in an innovative way, focusing on how to secure energy systems while balancing environmental quality and economic development. Contrary to common belief, Philip’s research show that goals of economic development and environmental quality are not mutually exclusive, and his findings about how important regulatory framework, institutions and infrastructure are to avoid countries being caught in an energy inefficient trap might affect political development worldwide. With his impressive focus, reflectiveness and dedicated work, Philip is a role model for all students, and an outstanding representative for SLU and Sweden.

Energy demand Management in Selected African Countries

Philip nailingPhilip Kofi Adom is the first one to defend his thesis this year, a thesis he wrote in record time, 1.5 years. Philip’s research bridges energy and environmental economics to the development economics. Central to his research is to promote a secured energy system while balancing environmental quality and economic development. He is defending his thesis on the 18th of March.

New theory for decision making under risk

In the broadest manner, Oben Bayrak defines his research areas as behavioral and experimental economics, and in his thesis, he develops an alternative theory for decision making under risk which is called Preference Cloud Theory: it incorporates the people’s imprecision in their preferences. His defense will take place on the 13th of May.

Increase carbon storage in forests

Mathilda ErikssonMathilda Eriksson is defending her thesis on May 26th. When asked to describe her thesis, she explains:

“This thesis is about understanding the role of the forest in global climate policy. Forests are a key determinant of global atmospheric carbon and, hence, of climate change. Accordingly, to achieve an efficient climate policy, it is important to incorporate forest carbon mitigation strategies into global climate policy efforts. To this end, this thesis constructs two global frameworks, one single region and one multi-regional, that allows us to investigate how climate mitigation strategies can be enhanced by using forests optimally.

There is potential energy efficiency improvement in all Swedish industry manufacturing sectors

Shanshan Zhang specialises in production theory and applied econometrics. Her thesis “Industrial firm performance and the role of climate policy“ focuses on energy efficiency, energy and climate policy and also corporate strategic management. Her defence will take place on the 27th May.

Energy is vital to the economy, but the consequences of its use are also potentially harmful for the environment. One solution to keep the economy running while being environmentally friendly is improvement of energy efficiency. It could be an affordable choice for reducing energy consumption and mitigation. Thus, it is interesting to analyse the impacts of energy efficiency determinants, and to investigate whether energy efficiency improvements would reduce environmental impacts as well as foster productivity growth.

What is the value of marine environmental improvements?

Katarina Östberg’s thesis will deal with topics like distributional effects of environmental policies, accuracy of benefit transfer, and the value of improving the water quality status. One of the articles included in her thesis is “Non-market valuation of the coastal environment – Uniting political aims, ecological and economic knowledge”.

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