The value of preserving crop diversity?

Nik TyackThe popular Stated Preference Methods course started on May 9th, 2016. We sat down with one of the students, who will look into what what value the Czech public places on preserving crop diversity.

Nicholas Tyack is a Master’s student at the Institute of Economic Studies of Charles University in Prague. He will be using stated preference techniques in his Master’s thesis, and is conducting research with the generous financial support of the Grant Agency of Charles University (GAUK). He is working with the Czech gene bank, a publically supported programme to conserve crop diversity. “In my stated preference work I want to look at the value the Czech public places on the conservation of different classes of crop diversity. And if I have a positive result, then that might provide some support for expanding the genebank’s program and funding, as well as expanding the literature on the the valuation of crop diversity.”

Summer ”mountains of electricity”

The market adjusts to what is most profitable and with large-scale nuclear and hydro power being heavily taxed this could lead to a tangible risk of summer ”mountains of electricity”, Bengt Kriström explains in Second Opinion, May 10th.

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.

Read Obens thesis: Preference cloud theory

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.

Read Mathildas thesis: The Role of the Forest in Climate Policy