Do you want to move to Gothenburg for two years, and do research about pastoralism in East Africa? Do you want to - among other things – work on a choice experiment study with Göran Bostedt? Do you want to contribute in a large, interdisciplinary research group full of fun people who love to travel around all day on dirt roads in East Africa that are indescribably bumpy?
Then you will fit right in! Here is an opening for a post-doc position at the School of Global Studies in Gothenburg. You will work in the Drylands Transform, and paradoxically you will partly work with Göran Bostedt, despite being employed by the University of Gothenburg.
We are searching for a doctoral student to join the Department of Forest Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå. The student will engage in the study of sustainable management of forest resources applying economic principles and econometric models. In this context, forest resource management can range from forest owner harvesting decisions, to industry-level behaviors responding to public policies, to the monetarization of forest ecosystem services. The final focus of the Ph.D. program will be determined by the candidate’s and mentor’s common interests. Candidates are encouraged to review research conducted by Dr. Tommy Lundgren Professor, Department of Forest Economics.
The selected PhD candidate will be involved in interdisciplinary efforts at the SLU Department of Forest Economics. The candidate will be involved in: identifying a research topic that expands the state-of-knowledge integrating economics and forest resource management or forest sector modeling; developing relevant research questions, developing a theoretical framework and an appropriate research design; applying appropriate econometric tools or analytical models; writing scientific manuscripts and produce a Ph.D. thesis suitable for examination. Course work is also included in the PhD program.
The PhD program consists of 4-year full-time studies where the position is to be contracted based on annual evaluations.
NY Times report on the thriving pellets industry in Southeast USA. A source for rural climate-friendly jobs for some, a polluter and destroyer of nature for others. The piece draws on information from a study headed by SLU researcher Francisco X. Aguilar. The study shows that trees close to the pellet mills had more carbon stored in trees than elsewhere. However, the study also shows potential trends of fewer standing dead trees and loss of carbon in the soil of forest near mills.
The NY Times takes a comprehensive look at the booming wood pellets industry in Southeastern USA in an article published April 19th, 2021. Different perspectives reflect on some conflicting impacts, from the neighbor whose sleep is disturbed by the mill, the professionals worried about ecological consequences, to industry representatives. Much of scientific basis for this piece is a study led by Professor Francisco X. Aguilar at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The study highlights both positive and negative effects of the wood pellets industry. Commercial forest near pellet mills in the Southeast US had more carbon stored in the harvestable trees than forests elsewhere. However, the study also revealed trends towards fewer standing deed trees and losses of carbon from the forest soil near pellet mills that can have negative consequences if these were to continue. (Click on headline to read more)
“Intermittent power can by now stand on its own two feet even if it would be forced to bear its socio-economic costs. The electricity certificates that is de facto a subsidy have in practice played out its part with a price that currently amounts to a few pennies per kilowatt hour, kWh. Profitable production should of course not be subsidized and unprofitable production should be phased out."
The SvD debate article "Introduce fees for solar and wind power" by Per-Olov Johansson and Bengt Kriström was published online March 10, 2021. Only available in Swedish
The magazine Resources interviews Francisco X. Aguilar where he discusses his recent co-authored study that takes a closer look at how the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive helped shape the health of forests across the southeastern United States and contributed to the growth of the US wood pellet industry.
“A major takeaway is that energy from biomass can be renewable, but it must be tested. We must have data, and we must have information to validate the renewable characteristic of the energy and whether it can reduce carbon emissions or not, compared to other alternative sources … From a policy perspective, I think monitoring, being dynamic, and being open to make sure that we’re balancing economic objectives with conservation objectives, are key.” (23:03)