Mäler Scholarhips

Mäler Scholarhips

The Mäler Scholarship, launched with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, is intended for researchers from the Regional Networks in Environmental Economics, CEEPA, EEPSEA, LACEEP, SANDEE. With this scholarship The Beijer Institute wishes to support the networks in creating increased capacity in their respective regions to use ecological economics for analysing environment and development issues. It allows researchers to spend up to six months at the Beijer Institute preparing manuscripts based on their existing research and developing new projects in collaboration with Beijer Institute researchers. In our Annual Reports you can read more about former Mäler Scholars.

The Mäler Scholarship is named after Professor Karl-Göran Mäler, professor in Economics with focus on Environmental and Resource economics, and Director of the Beijer Institute 1992-2007. During Karl-Göran’s leadership the Beijer Institute worked intensely with capacity building in environmental and resource economics in developing countries, and it was instrumental in creating three of the Regional Networks in Environmental Economics: LACEEP, SANDEE and CEEPA/RANESA.

How to apply
The Scholarship is primarily intended for researchers from the Regional Networks in Environmental Economics, CEEPA, EEPSEA, LACEEP, SANDEE, who have already successfully completed a network funded project or who are in the process of developing a paper from their project. 

The Mäler Scholarship for 2018 is awarded to Yana Jin who is presented below.

Yana Jin

Yana Jin holds a Ph.D. (obtained in 2017) in environmental economics from Peking University. She was a visiting scholar at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a visiting doctoral student at Toulouse School of Economics. Her research focuses on energy and environmental policy, particularly as they pertain to human health and climate impacts. Relying on non-market valuation and integrated assessment modelling, Yana has evaluated citizen’s demand for public provision of health risk reductions and air pollution control policies. Current areas of interest include household solid fuel switching, electric vehicles and ecosystem services.She will visit the Beijer Institute June 2018 and during spring 2019.

Herbert Ntuli

Herbert Ntuli (CEEPA) holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town and an MSc in Agricultural & Applied Economics for the University of Zimbabwe. His PhD thesis focused on the economics and institutional aspects of community wildlife conservation in Zimbabwe. His research interests include community-based natural resource management, valuation of non-market environmental goods, wildlife and biodiversity conservation, behavioural and experimental economics, energy and climate change, agriculture and rural development, land tenure and land use economics. He visited the Beijer Institute spring and autumn 2017.

Claudia Aravena Novielli

Dr. Claudia Aravena Novielli(LACEEP) is a research fellow and adjunct lecturer in Applied Microeconomics, at the Department of Economics in Trinity College Dublin. She is also adjunct lecturer in Energy Economics and Policy at the University College of Dublin. She completed her PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast (UK), and a certificate in Sustainable Development at University College Dublin. Her research interests are in the areas of energy efficiency; smart grids; renewable energy sources; electric vehicles; energy policy; environmental valuation; conservation; ecosystem services; sustainable development and behavioural and experimental economics. Dr. Aravena Novielli will visit the Beijer Institute during the Autumn 2016.


Matías Piaggio

Dr. Matías Piaggio is Postdoctoral researcher of the Environment and Development Center for Central America. He has a PhD in Applied Economics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) since June 2013. Matías is also Assistant Professor at the Universidad de la República, Uruguay ( on leave), and has been consultant for UNDP and the World Bank. During his stay at the Beijer Institute February to May 2014, Matás Piaggio worked on the role of power asymmetries in the management of common pool resource systems. Read more in the Annual Report.


Rawadee Jarungrattanapong

Rawadee Jarungrattanapong is an EEPSEA researcher. She was a researcher at Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) before she started her PhD-studies. Her research interest is Environmental and Natural Economics including cost-benefit analysis, environmental valuation, climate change adaptation and payment for ecosystem services. Her current research focuses on behavioral economics and environmental management. Rawadee Jarungrattanapong visited the Beijer Institute from March to May and during October 2013. Read more about her stay in the Annual Report.

Zanxin Wang

Dr. Wang (EEPSEA) is Associate Professor at the School of Development Studies, Yunnan University. He studies the complex dynamics between the production of second generation biodiesel and the ecological system supporting the production with the aim to construct models of sustainable production.  Dr. Wang visited the Beijer Institute three months in the spring and two months in the fall 2011. During his visit he also worked on an environmental-economic model assessing the economic and environmental impacts of different policies for biodiesel production. Read more about his visit in the Annual Report.

Saudamini Das

Dr. Das is Associate professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi and SANDEE Fellow. She spent six months in the fall and winter 2011/2012, studying to which extent mangrove forests provide protection from cyclonic winds. Building on a previously collected data set from India, Dr. Das also examined to which extent fragmented mangrove forests can provide wind protection services. See the Beijer Discussion Paper series for some of this work. Read more about her Mäler Scholarship period in the Annual Report.


Sebastián Villasante

Sebastián Villasante, Argentina (LACEEP)  spent three months at the Beijer Institute spring 2010. Sebastián's research focuses on assessing ecological and economic impacts of fisheries, aquaculture and other human activities on marine biodiversity and ecosystem services; modeling marine ecosystems using Ecopath and Ecosim; extinction vulnerability assessment; governance of marine resources as well as game theory empirical applications in Europe and Latin America.

Several of Sebastian Villasantes articles are published in the Beijer E-print series and the Beijer Discussion Paper series

Rucha Ghate

Rucha Ghate, together with Pranab Mukhopadhyay, from India (SANDEE) are sharing one scholarship. They spent two months during autumn 2009, working on the role of leadership in collective action. Rucha Ghate is Director of SHODH: The Institute for Research and Development, Nagpur, India. She completed her graduation from Bombay University and doctorate from Nagpur University, India.

Pranab Mukhopadhyay

Pranab Mukhopadhyay, together with Rucha Ghate from India (SANDEE) are sharing one scholarship. They spent two months during autumn 2009, working on the role of leadership in collective action. Pranab Mukhopadhyay teaches Economics at Goa University, India. He holds a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and his areas of research interest are environment, development and macroeconomics.

Albert Honlonkou

Albert Honlonkou, Benin (RANESA) spent three months in the autumn 2009 at the Beijer Institute. Albert, who is a Doctor in Economics , spent his time at the Beijer Institute working on papers on mechanism design for environment in Benin including management of floods, co-management of community forests and reduction of pesticides in agriculture