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Newsletter from EfD

August 2023


Dear friends of EfD,

Welcome to yet another EfD newsletter full of action from our global network. Many of us will meet at the EfD Annual Meeting in Accra, October 5-8 and those of you who cannot make it can still follow the keynotes online. Below, you can learn more about one of these keynotes, Prof Jyotsna Jalan, who has evaluated interventions that make a real difference in poor people’s lives. We are also happy to introduce a new academic partner, University College Dublin, that will bring a lot of capacity to our network. There are, of course, ample examples of our research and policy interaction throughout the Global South. But we also bring to you the immensely sad news that our dear friend and colleague Hailemariam Teklewold, the Director of the EfD center in Ethiopia, has suddenly passed away. Please read the In Memoriam text and cherish his memory and many contributions.


Gunnar Köhlin, Director EfD


EfD's 17th Annual Meeting

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EfD's 17th Annual Meeting

How can theater stop domestic abuse?

Participatory theathe

A team of Jana Sanskriti rehearse a play. Photo: Subhankar Chakraborty/Hindustan Times (Used by permission).

Meet Jyotsna Jalan, Professor of Economics in Calcutta!
You don't want to miss her keynote presentation at EfD’s Annual Meeting when she talks about how we can change societies and behaviors in unconventional ways. Read more about her and what she will talk about!

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Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) in Practice Program

Why biomass dependency is the "most urgent problem to solve in Africa"

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A cook is pouring injera batter on a Mirt stove. Photo: Energypedia.

More than three billion people globally rely on biomass fuels, such as coal, charcoal, and firewood for cooking and heating. The problems associated with this use have been known for decades, but making a switch to cleaner fuels means overcoming several tough obstacles. Those are challenges that the IGE program will take on.

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More news from the IGE program!

New partner

University College Dublin is a new official partner of EfD

Photo: UCD.

The University College Dublin (UCD) is now officially one of EfD’s academic partners. The agreement was finalized at the beginning of June this year. The new partner is one of Europe’s leading universities with a great diversity of disciplines. It brings to the table a long history of working in the intersection of environment and development as well as extensive experiences from the policy sphere. Mark your calendars for their online presentation on September 8th!

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EfD Chile

EfD Chile helps the government tackle air pollution

Pellet stove offered by the program (left) and salamander stove (right). Photo: MMA.

The Chilean EfD research team has been working alongside government authorities in the design, evaluation, and application of policy strategies to reduce air pollution in highly contaminated cities. Read more about this fine example of how research can have an impact on policies!

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EfD Vietnam

Lost fishing gear threatens marine ecosystems and fisheries

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A new study by EfD researcher Huu-Luat Do and co-authors reveals the extent and impacts of abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) on marine ecosystem services and human wellbeing. The authors also suggest a number of urgent measures that are needed to address the problem.

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EfD Colombia

Collective management of natural resources contributes to peace

Luz Angela at the workshop on sustainable territory management. Photo: Thomas Gonzalez, Javeriana University.

Results from a literature review on how countries with internal conflicts manage nature give input to a capacity-building project for a local community that needs to manage its natural resources sustainably after the signature of the peace treaty with the Colombian guerrilla FARC-EP. Read more about this!

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EfD Ghana

EfD Ghana discussed research priorities with government agencies

The workshop was attended by representatives from various sectors, including fisheries, energy, mining, agriculture, water, and forestry. Photo: EfD Ghana.

EfD Ghana hosted a horizon-scanning workshop to discuss the developments and challenges within Ghana's environment and natural resource sector. The workshop served as a platform for researchers and representatives from government agencies and ministries to engage in meaningful research-policy conversations. Read more about this fruitful meeting!

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EfD Kenya, EfD Tanzania, and EfD Uganda

EfD centers and policymakers strategize on how to promote sustainable use of Lake Victoria Basin

Center directors and NEMA Director

Directors of three East African EfD Centers with NEMA Executive Director Akankwansa Birerega (3rd) in Kampala. Photo: EfD Uganda.

Lake Victoria is a transboundary natural resource, underpinning the economies and livelihoods of the population of Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda. However, the lake and its surrounding areas are facing many problems including rising lake water levels, moving islands, encroachment, and ecological and biodiversity degradation which may lead to the extinction of several fish species. Researchers and civil servants met at EfD Uganda to address those problems.

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The SDG 8 Initiative

The SDG 8 Initiative is supported by “satellites”


Participants in the workshop. Photo: Petra Hansson.

The SDG 8 Initiative, which is coordinated from the University of Gothenburg, includes several collaborating institutions, among others eight so-called Satellite Universities in low- and middle-income countries (currently all universities that host EfD centers). A workshop on August 22 in Gothenburg was dedicated to discussing the role of those. Learn more about this interesting initiative!

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More news from the SDG 8 workshop

In Memoriam

EfD Ethiopia's Center Director Hailemariam Teklewold has passed away

Dr. Hailemariam Teklewold.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Hailemariam Teklewold, EfD Ehtiopia's Center Director and a distinguished researcher in the field of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He was a dedicated member of the Environmental and Climate Research Center for Ethiopia and was an accomplished scholar who had made significant contributions to his field. Hailemariam Teklewold will be sorely missed.

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Blog post

Effects of climate shocks on sectoral inequality


Climate change leads to migration and heat stress for workers. Photo: Rejaul Karim, Pexels.

Over the last three decades, agricultural and industrial sector workers have suffered consumption losses due to temperature rise while those in the service sector saw consumption increases. This article discusses the broad range of impacts of climate change across sectors and highlights the stark rise in inequality of household consumption due to increased temperature variability. It emphasises the need for social protection schemes, and data on the economic impacts of climate change to aid the design of adaptation policies. Read this interesting blog post by EfD researcher Raavi Aggarwal!

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Efficiently reducing pollution from the seafood industry requires differentiated environmental fees


Photo: Rosario Cavitejf, Pixabay.

The seafood processing industry plays a vital role in job creation and economic growth, particularly in regions like the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam. However, this industry also generates a significant amount of organic pollutants, predominantly discharged into riverside and seashore areas. This EfD Research Brief is based on a study by EfD researchers Pham Khanh Nam and Truong Dang Thuy with co-author Pham Nhu Man, that is titled Heterogeneity In Shadow Prices Of Water Pollutants: A Study Of The Seafood Processing Industry In Vietnam. Check out their interesting findings!

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Designing a virtuous cycle: Quality of governance, effective climate change mitigation, and just outcomes support each other


Photo: Pixabay.

In this study, published in Global Environmental Change, EfD researcher Anjali Ramakrishnan and co-authors Felix Creutzig, Frank Goetzke, Marina Andrijevic, and Patricia Perkins investigate the role of quality of governance, social capital, and equality as preconditions for enacting climate policies. They find that quality of governance, measured as impartiality, underpins social capital and interpersonal trust, equality, and effective climate mitigation policies. Learn more about this interesting study!

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A bioeconomic approach to sustainable forest management – in the Colombian Amazon

Rain forest. Photo: Rosina Kaiser, Pixabay.

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) is based on a rational planning process for forest supply and norms and regulations for the protection and sustainability of natural forests. In Colombia, SFM has been identified as a strategy to avoid deforestation and to favor the economy of households living in forests. However, timber harvesting of natural forests is currently carried out as a subsistence activity, generating low income and negative impacts on ecosystems. This EfD Discussion Paper by EfD Researchers Lady Y Castellanos-Niño and Jorge Marco Renau provides a scientific basis for harvesting authorizations and permits. Policy implications are discussed.

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more research publications

Job openings

Assistant Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics - University of Alberta

The Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics.

Deadline for application: November 1, 2023.

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Postdoc in Climate Model Analysis with a focus on Weather and Climate Extremes

The Section for Climate Economics and Risk Management at the Technical University of Denmark offers a 3-year Postdoc position focusing on analyses and projections of hydrometeorological extremes and their impacts under current and future climatic conditions.

Deadline for applications: September 10, 2023.

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PhD Researcher (f/m/d) on procedural justice in incentive based policy instruments

The position at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) is part of the working group “Governance of Ecosystem Services”. Their central question is what governance approaches allow for the targeted and equitable provision of societally desired ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation objectives.

Deadline for applications: October 12, 2023

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TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme

Postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, can go on a ‘Cooperation Visit’ lasting three months to an institute in Germany. The aim of the visit is to initiate research collaboration between African and German scientists with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term links, perhaps through other Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft programs.

Deadline for application: September 6, 2023.

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International Conference on Economics, Law and Government (ELG 2023)

The conference is about accelerating inclusive green transition in developing countries. The conference will be in person, offering a unique opportunity to connect with fellow researchers and engage in fruitful discussions about the latest developments in economics, law, and government.

Place: University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Date: September 27-29, 2023.

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Hybrid Conference of the African Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AFAERE)

Conference theme: Just Transition in Africa.
It is urgent to secure a continent-wide, inclusive green transformation with a focus on a low-carbon transition and gender equity. Never in human history has there been a need for such a quick and comprehensive set of social alterations.

Place: Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi.
Date: November 22-25, 2023.

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Call for papers

Special Issue on “Digital media data in environment and development economics”

Environment and Development Economics seeks to publish a special issue on digital media data in environment and development economics.

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2024.

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Special Issue on “Challenges for the development of Latin America in the Anthropocene: current research in environmental economics”

Environment and Development Economics seeks to publish a special issue on challenges for the development of Latin America in the Anthropocene: current research in environmental economics.

Submission deadline: January 31, 2024.

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