A new research school at SLU, ECOS has seen the light of day. Focus is on interdisciplinary understanding in human dimensions of natural resource use and is run by two different departments at SLU, Umeå.
The research school; Ecology and Society (ECOS) is based at SLU in Umeå. It is created as a research and teaching environment through interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Forest Economics and the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Environmental Sciences at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Its focus is on offering courses and arranging workshops that foster interdisciplinary understanding in human dimensions of natural resource use.
Dimitrios Zormpas, an SLU alumnus and a third year Ph.D. student in Real Estate Appraisal and Land Economics at the University of Padova, Italy, is visiting CERE. His research focuses on Real Options, Resource and Environmental Economics.
September 21st, 2017, Ross Bull, the Executive Director of the Balkan-based organization CNVP, visited CERE to explore the possibility of future collaboration, including the design and delivery of a workshop on forestry economics. This would be linked to two SIDA-funded projects under implementation in Albania and Kosovo that are focused on: strengthening private forest activities; developing value chains for non-timber forest products owned by women; and using wood biomass for renewable energy.
Forests provide livelihoods for parts of the worldwide population, often the most vulnerable. The forests also perform vital ecosystem services, including the regulation of the water and carbon cycles and protection of biodiversity, that are essential to food production and food security and nutrition in the long term.
Focus on the climate when the national seminar series; Kunskap i samverkan (Knowledge in collaboration) was held in Umeå on June 7th, 2017. CERE’s Kelly de Bruin was one of the speakers.
The minister for Higher Education and Research; Helene Hellmark Knutsson came on a visit to Umeå University with the national seminar series; Kunskap i samverkan (Knowledge in collaboration). Kelly de Bruin gave a talk on her research on IAM models. See her talk; Using Integrated Assessment models to investigate climate change impacts and policie.
Umeå is the municipality where the number of people that earn more than one million kronor per year is the highest in the county of Västerbotten. CERE’s Runar Brännlund comments on the statistics saying that they again provide “an image that all of Norrland is a sparsely populated area” in Västerbottens Folkblad on June 4, 2017.
In the municipality of Umeå in 2015, 669 people earned above one million Swedish kronor each year. Equaling 0,6 percent of the municipality population. The municipalities in Västerbotten closes to that percentage reaches 0,2 or 0,1 percent. It is notable that SCB, due to privacy, cannot release information if the number of people falls below four. However, according to Runar these statistics point to the differences as to where the highly productive job opportunities are:
“- The issues show that there are indeed differences in the structure of trade and industry between different places and that it is in the larger cities that the high production jobs are to be found. That is if assuming that that the high productive workplaces pay more than the low productive, he says.”
A new course offering exceeded expectations even before the first day of class. So far, 54 applications have been received for Introduction to Experimental Methods in Economics and Related Social Sciences, and they are still coming. Dr. Klarizze Puzon, course instructor and post doc at SLU forest economics and CERE, was expecting around five applicants, but has scheduled another course for 2018 to handle excess demand.
CERE member Bengt Kriström gave a lecture on the global impact of small-scale actions and the large-scale policy instruments used or often discussed when it comes to tackling greenhouse-gas emissions. The lecture was given within the SLU popular science series “Värt att veta”.
See the recorded lecture (only in Swedish, summary in English below): “Klimatpolitik i det lilla och det stora: Ett föredrag om varför bättre vedspisar i Afrika kan vara en mer effektiv klimatåtgärd än flygförbud.”
English translation of title: Climate politics small and large: a talk about why better wood ovens in Africa can be a more effective climate measure than a ban on flying.