Ulvön conference 2017

The 24th round of tbe conference was successfully held from 20th to 22nd of June and attracted some 30 participants from different universities. There were a total 23 different presentations on selected topics in environmental economics over the course of those three days.

New research school in Economics and Ecology

ECOSA 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.

Autumn PhD research visitor

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.

Balkan-based organization visited CERE

Bengt Kriström and Ross Bull
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 contribute to food security and nutrition

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.

Klimatfokus när minister besökte Umeå universitet

Klimat i fokus när den nationella seminarieserien Kunskap i samverkan hölls i Umeå 7 juni 2017. En av talarna var CERE:s Kelly de Bruin.

Ministern för högre utbildning och forskning Helene Hellmark Knutsson gästade Umeå universitet inom ramen för den nationella seminareserien Kunskap i samverkan. Kelly de Bruin var en talarna och berättade mer om sin forskning IAM modellering. Se hennes föredrag: Using Integrated Assessment models to investigate climate change impacts and policie.
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Bilden av Norrland underblåses av SCB siffror

Umeå är den kommun där siffran på antalet människor som tjänar mer än en miljon kronor per år den högsta i Västerbottens län. CERE:s Runar Brännlund kommenterar att sifforna igen ger ”bilden av att hela Norrland är en del av glesbygden” i Västerbottens Folkblad 4 juni 2017.

I Umeå kommun tjänande 669 personer över en miljon kronor per år 2015. Det motsvarar 0,6 procent av kommunens population. De kommuner i Västerbotten som ligger närmast ligger på 0,2 eller 0,1 procent. Värt att notera är att SCB av sekretesskäl inte redovisar om antalet personer är färre än fyra. Men statistiken visar på skillnader i var de högproduktiva arbetstillfällena finns enligt Runar:

”– Problematiken speglar de facto att det finns skillnader i näringslivsstruktur mellan de olika orterna och att det är i de större städerna som de högproduktiva arbetena finns. Om man utgår från att de högproduktiva arbetsplatserna betalar mer än de lågproduktiva, säger han.”

Unprecedented demand for experimental economics course

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.

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