Ecology and Economic management - PhD Course

Ecology and Economic management - PhD Course

The course aims at giving economy students an understanding of the complexity and functions of ecological systems and an appreciation of ecology as a science and its role in understanding the man-nature interaction and challenges for governance.

The course is aimed at PhD students in the PhD program in Environmental Economics, Gothenburg University

Description and scope:
The course aims at increasing the understanding of the complexity and functions of ecological systems. It is anticipated that the students will gain an appreciation of ecology as a science and its role in understanding the man-nature interaction and challenges for governance. Different ecosystems will be described from a systems perspective; with man as an interacting part and where linkages to other ecosystems are being identified. Although some lectures will focus on the purely scientific aspects of ecology, a lot of time will be spent on applying these basic ideas to applied areas, such as environmental and conservation biology. Focus in many lectures will be on ecosystem functions and services, and a further understanding of ecosystem complexity is gained from an introduction in ecosystem modelling.

Literature studies will run parallel with theoretical lectures and will be chosen to complement lectures but also, when possible, to fit the student’s individual interests. The students will have the opportunity to interact with researchers at The Beijer Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. 

Next course will be held 2016.