Economics and the Biosphere - short courses

Economics and the Biosphere - short courses

Since 2010 the Beijer Institute organises a two-day course in conjuction with the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economics  or the annual meeting of the European Association of the Environmental and Resource Economics (EAERE). These courses are intended for researchers in environmental and resource economics from developing countries and contributes to the long legacy of capacity building by the Beijer Institute.  The courses have received support from UNEP, Sida and EAERE.


Spatial Analysis in Economics and the Environment
A short course held in conjunction with WCERE 2018
June 23-25, 2016, University of Gothenburg (GU), Sweden

Course description

All economic activities have a spatial dimension, which is particularly relevant in the interface between the economy and the environment. However this dimension is rarely taken into account when designing economic policies. This course aims to expose the students to spatial methods of analysis and provide an overview of how these methods can be used to improve economic policy advice. It will make available the most recent methodologies when it comes to the application of remote sensing and other data sources for economic analysis of environmental problems. The course consists of two parts. The first part of the course addresses ways to model spatial heterogeneity and dynamics along with examples of how these methods can be applied to e.g. policies for fisheries and urban expansion.  The second part of the course presents more applied empirical methods for incorporating space in economic studies using tools like Google Earth engine. Applications discussed could include spatially explicit valuation studies, assessments of the impacts of storms and the use of night time lights data.


Pro. Ian Bateman (University of Exeter, UK) Lecturer to be confirmed
Assoc. Prof. Anne-Sophie Crépin (The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm, Sweden) Course leader and lecturer
Asst. Prof. Efthymia Kyriakopoulou (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden) Course leader and lecturer
Jeremy Proville (Environmental defense fund, New York) Lab sessions
Prof. Elizabeth Robinson (University of Reading, UK) Lecturer
Prof. Jim Wilen (University of California Davis, US) Lecturer
Prof. Anastasios Xepapadeas (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece and University of Bologna, Italy) Lecturer

Earlier courses

Valuing and Designing Payment Systems for Ecosystem Services
A short course held in conjunction with EAERE 2016
June 21-22, 2016, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), Switzerland

Applied Methods Related to Regime Shifts in Social-Ecological Systems

A short course held in conjunction with WCERE 2014
June 27-28, 2014, Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Istanbul, Turkey

Economics of Environmental Regime Shifts
A short course held in conjunction with EAERE 2012
June 26-27, 2012, University of Economics, Žižkov, Prague, Czech Republic

Applying Game Theory and Behavioral Economics to the Environment
June 27-28, 2010, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Canada