Green transition and impacts on industrial labor demand

The green transition will influence working conditions on many labor markets. The changes bring opportunities and challenges; some jobs disappear, new ones are created. To succeed with the green transition, society needs to assess the effects on employment in the sectors significant to the transition and this is the subject of a new research project that starts November 1st, 2021. (Click on headline to read more) 

Changing of the guards

On October 1 st, Tommy Lundgren makes a switch and becomes the Research Director whilst Göran Bostedt assumes the Deputy role. They will continue to carry the torch and hope to focus on increased cooperation both internally and externally.

According to the Härnösand lads Tommy and Göran, the CERE core will remain intact: - It is an incredibly stimulating environment to work in and it has been important to me, says Tommy. Göran reminds us of the early days of CERE and what contributed to the success: - The extremely competent and driven Post Docs that we recruited, and the active international exchange with, among other things, short intensive courses by prominent researchers, was two of the main things that initially boosted CERE.

As Tommy puts it, there are some “big slippers to fill”. Replacing Runar Brännlund and Bengt Kriström is an impossible task as they have been crucial for the creation, development, and success of CERE. Tommy and Göran however, are not afraid of the task and even if they want to find their feet first, there are ideas on increasing cooperation, internally, inter-disciplinary and internationally: - We at CERE have, and have had, several researchers from developing countries, and we can make better use of the knowledge and interest they have for environmental and resource issues in their home countries, says Göran Bostedt.

Regardless, everyone will recognize CERE, says Tommy and Göran, it will still be a collaboration between researchers in Economic History, Economics at the Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics at Umeå University, and Forest Economics at SLU. The focus will continue to be on the environmental, resource and energy economics. Both speak highly of the “CERE gang”, the commitment and drive that exists and they believe that the upcoming return to the workplace following the pandemic will provide an opportunity to push forward. CERE's gatherings have been sorely missed during the pandemic: - Especially good memories I have from my time at CERE are the inauguration in 2009, all Ammarnäs and Ulvö meetings, the many seminars with researchers from different disciplines and the 10th year anniversary in 2019 which nicely summariezed CERE's first decade. Now we move on and create new memories! Tommy concludes.


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Runar asks for a more balanced debate

"The discussion needs to be balanced so those values are brought forward more clearly and brought into to the calculation, he says" Runar Brännlund makes a statement regarding the forestry debate in Skogsaktuellt. 

And the Best Paper Award goes to...

At the 27th Ulvön Environmental Economics Conference August 2021 a best paper award was promised and the jury now announce the winner as: “Pigovian policies under behavioral motives” by Nathan W. Chan from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Prize motivation

Nathan W. ChanA well-written paper that has sound theoretical underpinnings grounded in the welfare/public economics domain as well as in environmental economics. The subject at hand tackles an important problem in today’s society: how to design optimal policy when some consumers have social preferences and firms are to some extent self-regulating. The analysis brings novel insights for policy design in a wide range of settings, including markets for environmentally friendly and socially responsible products. More generally, the paper expose and scrutinize foundational assumptions in Pigouvian theory - assumptions that may or may not hold when agents’ behaviors diverge from standard neo-classical motives.
Read more about Nathan.

The jury consisted of Tommy Lundgren, Lars Persson, Adan Martinez Cruz and Mattias Vesterberg.

Raffle

There was also a raffle and the lucky winner is Keila Meginnis from the University of Glasgow.

Both Nathan and Keila are most welcome to Ulvön next year!
(conference fee waived)

The organizing committee also wish to thank all particpants:
“Your presentations, keynotes, panel discussions, and questions/interactions are gratefully appreciated; we believe it made the conference a success.”

Until next year…

The 2021 Ulvön Conference on Environmental Economics

The 27th Ulvön Conference on Environmental Economics was held August 24-25, 2021. Due to covid, the Ulvön Conference went digital, but as successful as previous ones. With 12 presentations in organized sessions, 3 keynote presentations, and one panel discussion on how to use our forest, the conference attracted more than 50 participants from different universities worldwide, and public and private institutions based in Sweden.

Keynote speakers, as in previous rounds of this conference, are top researchers in their field. This year Amy Ando discussed potential biases in the way environmental economists value ecosystem services. Amy is professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics. Cornelius Van Kooten discussed whether renewable energies are likely to penetrate the Canadian electricity market and the implications of it. Cornelius is professor in the Department of Economics and Senior Canada Research Chair at the University of Victoria, Canada. Brent Sohngren discussed how much CO2 mitigation should we expect to get from forests in the near future. Brent is professor of environmental and resource economics in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at the Ohio State University. (click on headline to learn more)

Contribute to special issue on digital technology and energy sustainability

The Journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling plan for a special issue on Digital technology and energy sustainability impacts and policy needs. CERE’s Tommy Lundgren amongst the guest editors.

“While digital technology may bring substantial positive benefits, it also poses potential challenges to energy sustainability. Despite increasing amount of work on the broad effect of digitalization, understanding the effects of digital technology on energy sustainability remains a challenging task. As digital technology increasing becomes an integral part of the energy system, systematically assessing these diverse, dynamic, and subtle effects in the context of sustainability is particularly important to add new knowledge to existing literature. Some intuitive questions include: what will be the impact of digital technology on the world’s energy system? What opportunities will the investment in digital technology and the induced increase in digitalization practice bring to the energy system? What are the overall structural changes the digital revolution would bring? Broader aspects may concern environmental, economic, and social changes. For example, will the development of digital technology hinder or offer an opportunity for the development of renewable energy? Will it increase or decrease carbon emissions? From the social perspective, how will the emerging digital technology transform societies in which they will be embedded and which they will connect? Examining the diverse and dynamic nexus between digital technology and energy sustainability can produce important policy insights for stakeholders worldwide. It is time for the academic society to pave the road toward a complete jigsaw puzzle. (Click on headline to learn more)

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