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)

The conference concluded with a panel discussion on forest use. Panel members expressed opinions reflecting perspectives from natural and social scientists. Panel members included the three keynote speakers, as well as Runar Brännlund (Umea University), Bengt Kriström (SLU), Göran Englund (Umeå University), Göran Ståhl (SLU), and Tommy Lundgren (SLU, and Deputy Director of CERE).

Normally, the Ulvön conference on environmental economics is held annually in a small fishing hamlet island called “Ulvön”, located on the Swedish east-coast, approximately 500 km North of Stockholm. The conference gives researchers, preferably PhD students and junior researchers, a platform and opportunity not only to share research works and receive feedback on further improvements but also to connect/interact with colleagues within the field across the world.

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