A new course/workshop on Behavioral Environmental Economics designed and organized by Oben Bayrak was awarded best PhD course from the Faculty of Forest Sciences. The course has, according to the prize committee, contributed to increase the attraction for the faculty graduate studies.
Behavioral Economics integrates insights from psychology into economic thinking. It attempts to increase the explanatory power of economic models by incorporating a better understanding of human behavior and its underlying factors using laboratory and field experiments. This course introduces tools and perspective from behavioral economics and how to apply them to topics within environmental economics.
There were plenty of applications to the course and they came from all over the world. The 25 students that filled up the seats came from: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, and USA. The course layout consisted of lectures before lunch and student seminars after lunch. This gave the students the chance to receive feedback from the expert lecturers and other students. The course was funded by Lillafonden which meant it could be given tuition free.
During the course Oben Bayrak initiated a new network on behavioral environmental economics (BEEN), whose first members are the participants and the lecturers of the course. A website and a newsgroup will be launched and the network aims to expand in the future. BEEN will serve as a directory and help researchers to find each other and collaborate on related topics.
The motivation for the course being awarded mentioned how it brought together the teachers of the Department as well as experts from all over the world and the new network created as a result. “Through this, the course has contributed to increase the attraction for the faculty graduate studies.” Oben was presented with the award on October 18th, 2018.
Lecturers of the course were: Arild Angelsen (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Thomas Aronsson (Umea University), Oben Bayrak (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU), Elin van der Heijden (Tilburg University), Chandra Kiran Krishnamurthy (SLU), Sara le Roux (Oxford Brookes University), Camilla Widmark (SLU).
More information about the course can be found on Oben Bayraks webpage and the Forest Economics web.