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About EEU

The Environmental Economics Unit was established in 1990 by Thomas Sterner. At that time the EEU had only one lecturer and a few graduate students. Today it has 4 full professors (Fredrik Carlsson, Olof Johansson-­Stenman and Thomas Sterner, Peter Martinsson.), 2 associate professors (Håkan Eggert, Gunnar Köhlin) 8 research fellows/post docs, about 15 PhD candidates,  a communications officer and support staff. We also have a large international network of research associates who have been students, visiting researchers or lecturers at various points in time or with whom we have other forms of collaboration. The EEU is thus characterized by an unusual combination of research, teaching and policy outreach.

The research environment at EEU is positively affected by all international collaboration. More than 30 persons have completed their PhD theses in environmental economics at our department and 15 of them have been financed with stipends from Sida. We give specialization courses in climate and environmental economics and so far 150 persons from developing countries have taken 275 graduate level courses.

The academic seminar series is very active with both internal and external presentations. There are seminars held every week at the EEU. We publish on average 20 articles per year in leading field journals such as the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Public Economics, and Land Economics.


Many of our projects involve international collaboration with environmental economists in different countries, as well as researchers in other disciplines. We collaborate for instance with natural scientists such as physicists and biologists, and social scientists such as psychologists and anthropologists.


Our main collaborators, beyond Sida and the EfD Centers, are the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Paris School of Economics, Resources for the Future, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå University, University of Arizona, University of California at Berkeley, University of Innsbruck, University of Oslo, University of Stavanger, University of Washington and the World Bank. The EEU collaborates with regional environmental economics networks and associations in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America such as AERC, CEEPA, EAERE, EEPSEA, LACEEP, and SANDEE.


Leading donors of the EEU are Sida, Formas, Mistra and other research funding agencies.


Environmental Economics Unit

Postal address: Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, PO Box 640, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1, Building E

Telephone: 46 31 786 10 00, Fax: 46 31 786 10 43


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