A course+workshop on Behavioral Environmental Economics

oben kurs gruppfotoGiven in 3-6 June 2019. Applications are now open.  

The Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics is organizing a course on behavioural environmental economics. 

Last year we received a prize for the best PhD course given by our Faculty, this motivated us to give the course again. 


Lecture period: June 3, 2019 - June 6, 2019

Deadline for application: 15 March, 2019.

Place: SLU Ultuna Campus, Uppsala, Sweden.

Level: PhD and Masters

-For more detailed and up-to-date information.

-Or visit the official course page on university's website: 

-We also have a group called BEEn (Behavioural Environmental Economics Network) which aims to bring scholars together working on issues related to environmental and resource economics from a behavioural perspective. BEEn collects and disseminate information about related conferences, research and announcements. Learn more about the group and become a member

BNP inget bra mått på utveckling eller välfärd

Befolkningens välbefinnande måste adresseras när landets utveckling analyseras menar Nya Zeelands premiärminister Jacinda Ardern och introducerar ett nytt sätt att mäta landets välstånd. DN frågade tre nationalekonomer, däribland CERE:s Runar Brännlund om Nya Zeelands beslut.

”– Det är väl ingen som hävdar att BNP är ett bra mått på utveckling eller välfärd, det är inte ett bra mått. Men det är inte antingen eller utan alla måtten behövs. BNP fyller sin funktion, säger Runar Brännlund som är professor i nationalekonomi vid Umeå universitet.”

”– Nya Zeelands lösning verkar likna det vi kallar för genuint sparande eller genuina investeringar där man tittar på hur alla kapitalstockar i ett samhälle förändras så som naturkapital, humankapital och socialt kapital, säger Runar Brännlund.”

Läs hela artikeln ”Experter gör tummen upp för Nya Zeelands välmående-budget”, publicerad på DN 21 februari 2019.

Regeringen satsar på grön skatteväxling

CERE:s Runar Brännlund diskuterar den gröna skatteväxlingen med klimat- och miljöministern Isabella Lövin.

Regeringen vill börja beskatta engångsartiklar, plastartiklar, kemikalier i textilier och skor, avfall och förbränning. De vill även se över de subventioner som går till företag som använder sig av fossila bränslen. Runar Brännlund manar till lugn och vill att skatteväxlingen hellre sker på ett globalt plan så att Sverige inte straffar ut sig själva medan utsläppen bara förflyttas till andra länder.

(Runar kommer in vid 5.10).

Wind for nothing and electricity for free?

CERE’s Andrius Kazukauskas provides us with an article of Christmas past from a Swedish electricity point of view. Who does pay for our colorful Christmas lighting? Happy Holiday’s!

I have the brightest memories about Christmas time from my childhood. For me Christmas Eve was a very special day. At that time Christmas was associated with miracles and things for free, such as Christmas presents delivered by a mystical Santa Claus. This was a time for candies, oranges, nuts and other things. Luckily for me, Santa Claus was not associated with any budget constraints.

On one such night, the midnight of 25th of December 2015 to be precise, a miraculous gift was given to all of us living in Sweden. In one hour that night, electricity was sold for almost 0 €/MWh on the Nordpool day-ahead market (electricity wholesale market). Electricity for free! This is the lowest price on record during the last five years (maybe ever, I did not check the older data). As I am not a naïve child anymore, I wonder where this “present” came from. And a very low price of electricity around Christmas time is not a random coincidence since the electricity price tend to be low the last week of the year. Figure 1 depicts the average wholesale prices of electricity from week 48 till week 9 (winter season). Thus, a relevant question arises: who pays for our colorful Christmas lighting decorations? (click on headline to read more)

The pastoralist paradox revisited

Land-use changes, political conflict, wildlife conflicts, population growth and climate change are some of the issues pastoralists in Kenya are faced with. CERE researcher Göran Bostedt returns to Kenya for a workshop on land tenure reform and focus group meetings with pastoralists. (click on headline to read more)

The importance of wood energy

In many places, notably in rural areas in countries in economic transition, wood is the only affordable source of energy for heating and cooking. Despite its importance, wood energy is often under-used or misused, resulting in air pollution and the degradation of forest resources.

Are Swedish environmental taxes efficient, or is it just a greenwash of fiscal taxes?

CERE’s Runar Brännlund comments on the report “Greenwash - An analysis of the efficiency of Swedish environmental taxes”. Since the report was released in Swedish it has frequently been used in debate articles around Sweden and it is now available in English. Main conclusions from the report show that developed forceful and effective tools for reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases are already in place. Runar therefore finds it somewhat of a mystery why relatively complicated and obvious ineffective additional instruments are put into place, read his comment.

58 miljoner till digitalisering av hållbart skogsbruk

Skogsindustrin och forskare ska tillsammans i forskningsprogrammet Mistra Digital Forest digitalisera skogsbruket. Genom smart digitalisering planerar programmet att forska hur skogen kan nyttjas mer effektivt med ökad skonsamhet. Skogsindustrierna kommer att stå värd för programmet som under de fyra inledande åren erhåller 58 miljoner kronor.


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