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Environmental Economics

Environmental and resource economics is one of our strongest research areas and we are happy to offer you the opportunity to focus your studies toward this area. This profile will be provided in cooperation with the top-class research center CERE!

Environmental Economics - A short description

Film: Environmental Economics
Environmental Economics

Professor Runar Brännlund about the new profile

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency describes environmental economics as:

"Good environmental quality is a part of society's welfare. Environmental economics is a way of incorporating the value of nature into society's decisions and, thus, encouraging the development of greater welfare.

Environmental economics deals with economics and the environment, and the management of limited resources. The aim of environmental economics is to encourage us to make the best use of our ecosystem's goods and services."

Read The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency's description of environmental economics 

CERE - A center for research and knowledge

The Center for Environmental and Resource Economics (CERE) is located to Umeå University and the Department of Economics. CERE is one of Europe's leading research institutes within environmental economics and consists of researcher from both Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

As a student at the environmental economics profile you will meet the professors and researchers at CERE as your teachers and supervisors. Maybe you will be writing your final master thesis within one of the centers strong research areas:

  • Property rights in the context of natural resources
  • Management of natural resources (forest, wildlife, fishery)
  • Valuation of environmental and natural resources
  • Green accounting and welfare measurement
  • Long-run relations between economic growth and the environment
  • Climate economics and policy
  • Energy economics and policy
  • Sustainable and responsible investments
  • Public Policy, redistribution and efficiency

The Center for Environmental and Resource Economics (CERE)

What will I learn?

If you are choosing environmental economics as your profile, then the third semester will be devoted to courses within the profile. The courses offered will change between semesters. Examples of courses:

  • Energy Economics
  • Valuation of environmental goods
  • Environmental economics
  • Methods and Tools (software et cetera.)