The return of Oben

Dr Oben BayrakCERE famous Oben Bayrak, who had his dissertation this spring, has been granted a stipend from the Jan Wallanders and Tom Hedelius foundation as well as the Tore Browaldhs foundation. The stipend offers Oben the chance to research full time for the following three years. He returns to CERE in the beginning of 2017.

Welcome back!

”Circular economy does not increase employment”

“Our analysis shows that the governing towards a circular economy does not lead to increased employment or improved economic growth”

Read the DN debate article regarding a new environmental economics report from the National Institute of Economic Research (NIER) that will be made public today at 10am. One of the authors is CERE’s Runar Brännlund.

Read the article “Cirkulär ekonomi ökar inte sysselsättningen” (only in Swedish), published December 4th 2016.

More on the report and the report itself can be found on NIER’s web (only in Swedish).

CERE welcomes post doc Erlend Dancke Sandorf

His research focuses on the valuation of ecosystem services. In particular, how to improve the modeling of discrete choice data and consider non-utility maximizing behavior, e.g. respondents using simplifying strategies and heuristics.

Large grant to CERE member

PhD Camilla Widmark, who recently joined CERE, has leading a consortium of eight partners, been granted funding for a project running over three years, starting on December 1st, 2016 from the SUMFOREST (SUstainable forest management, Multifunctional Forestry, European Forest Policy), an FP7 ERA-NET project.

New Assistant Professor at SLU

The CERE famous Chandra Kiran has recently been offered, and gladly accepted, the position of Assistant Professor (biträdande lektor) at the Department of Forest Economics, at SLU Umeå. A position that will focus on resource and energy economics.

10 recommended working papers

CERE’s Klarizze Puzon has collected 10 interesting working papers from around the world on valuation, energy, natural resources and environment.

Could we increase the usage of our berry resources?

Photo Mona Bonta BergmanIn the radio program Studio 1, they asked themselves whether Sweden is missing out on serious money and job opportunities by not increasing the usage of our forest berry resources more. CERE’s Bengt Kriström was interviewed and he was sceptical towards the serious money to be earned.

The oil, peel and seed of the berries are being used in health food and cosmetics. A berry refinement business for these purposes is growing in our neighbouring countries and according to some, Sweden is missing out on millions by not jumping on the bandwagon. However, CERE’s Bengt Kriström do not agree: “- The basic question then is, why are we not using it. And the answer to that question as I see it, is that today, it just is not profitable. There are plenty of talented entrepreneurs that could collect on the alleged profits.”

Listen to the Studio 1 segment from Sveriges radio P1 November 11th, 2016 or read the article ”Den svenska bärskogen - en outnyttjad guldgruva?” on Sveriges radio, published November 14th, 2016. (Only in Swedish)

”Focus on the problems, not the consumption”

Bengt Kriström, CERE, comments on a DN article by Lin Lerpold and Örjan Sjöberg. In their article they call for the government to act in order to decrease consumption. However, Bengt mean that a policy aimed at the issues rather than the consumption is needed.

Read the articles, only in Swedish.

Fokusera på problemen, inte konsumtionen”, by Bengt Kriström, published on October 11, 2016.

Regeringen missar målet: konsumtionen måste minska” by researchers Lin Lerpold and Örjan Sjöberg, published on October 8, 2016.

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