Arild Vatn

Arild Vatn is an institutional and ecological economist and Professor at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies at NMBU. He specialises in environmental governance and policy processes. Vatn is a former President and Vice President of the European Society of Ecological Economics, and led a series of prominent PhD summer schools in ecological economics in Norway between 2006 and 2014. He has received international recognition for his contributions to his field, including the Thorstien Veblen prize in 2007 and the Kenneth Boulding Award in 2016. Vatn leads NMBU’s Master programme in International Environment Studies.

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Curriculum vitae

Selected since 2005:

Heller, M. and A. Vatn, 2017. The divisive and disruptive effect of a weight-based waste fee. Ecological Economics, 131:275-285

Vatn, A., 2016. On limits. In Farley, J. and D. Malghan (eds.): Beyond Uneconomic Growth. Economics, Equity and the Ecological Predicament. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 83-105.

Vatn, A., G. Kajembe, D.S. Silayo, and P. Vedeld. 2016. Governance structures for REDD+ – experiences from Tanzania. In Kulindwa, K., (ed.): Lessons and Implications for REDD+ Implementation: Experiences from Tanzania. CCIAMSUA, Morogoro, E&D Vision Publishing Ltd, Tanzania, pp 299 - 323

Vatn, A., 2015. Environmental Governance. Institutions, Policies and Actions. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Vatn, A., 2015. Markets in environmental governance. From theory to practice. Ecological Economics, 117:225-233.

Vatn, A., 2015. Global Environmental Governance. In Martinez_Alier, J. and R. Muradian (eds.): Handbook in Ecological Economics. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp 382-412.

Muradian, R., M. Arsel,… A. Vatn, …, 2013. Payments for ecosystem services and the fatal attraction of win-win solutions. Conservation letters, 6(4):274-279.

Aasen, M., and A. Vatn, 2013. Deliberation on GMOs: A study on how a Citizens' Jury affects the citizens’ attitudes. Environmental Values, 22(4):461-481.

Vatn, A., and P. Vedeld, 2013. National governance structures for REDD+. Global Environmental Change, 23(2):422-432.

Vatn, A. and P. Vedeld, 2012.  Fit, Interplay and Scale – A Diagnosis. Ecology and Society, 17(4):12.

Vatn, A., 2012. Environmental Governance – the Aspect of Coordination. In Brousseau, E., T. Dedeurwaerdere, P.-A. Jouvet and M. Willinger (eds.): Governing Global Environmental Commons: Institutions, Markets, Social Preferences and Political Games. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 31-53.

Vatn, A., 2012. Institutions, Rationality and Social Costs. In Ramazzotti, P., P. Frigato and W. Elsner, (eds.):  Social Costs Today Institutional Analyses of the Present Crises. London: Routledge, pp. 35-56.

Vatn, A., 2012. Governing the Environment: The Institutional Economics Approach. In Marletto, G., (ed.): Creating a Sustainable Economy. An Institutional and Evolutionary Approach to Environmental Policy. New York: Routledge, pp. 67-91.

Vatn, A., 2011. Environmental Governance – A Conceptualization. In Kjosavik, D. and P. Vedeld (eds.): The Political Economy of Environment and Development in a Globalized World. Exploring the Frontiers. Trondheim, Tapir Academic Press, pp. 131-152.

Vatn, A., 2010. An Institutional Analysis of Payments for Environmental Services. Ecological Economics, 69:1245-1252.

Vatn, A., 2009. Cooperative behavior and institutions. Journal of Socio-Economics, 38:188-196.

Vatn. A., 2009. Sustainability, institutions and behavior. In Beckmann, V. and M. Padman­abhan (eds.): Institutions and Sustainability. Berlin, Springer, pp. 293-314.

Vatn, A., 2007. Resource regimes and cooperation. Land Use Policy, 24(4):624-632.

Kvakkestad, V., F. Gillund, K.A. Kjølberg and A. Vatn, 2007. Scientists’ Perspectives on the Deliberate Release of GM crops. Environmental Values, 16:79-104.

Rørstad, P.K., A. Vatn and V. Kvakkestad, 2007. Why do transaction costs of agricultural policies vary? Agricultural Economics, 36:1-11.

Vatn, A., L. Bakken, M. Bleken, O-H Baadshaug, H. Fykse, L.E. Haugen, H. Lundekvam, J. Morken, E. Romstad, P.K. Rørstad, A.O, Skjelvåg and T. Sogn, 2006. A Metho­­­dology for Interdisciplinary Analyzes of Pollution from Agriculture. Agricultural Systems, 88:270-293.

Spash, C., and A. Vatn, 2006. Transferring Environmental Value Estimates: Issues and Alter­na­tives. Ecological Economics, 60(2):379-388.

Vatn, A., 2005. Rationality, Institutions and Environmental Policy. Ecological Economics, 55(2):203-217

Vatn, A., 2005. Institutions and the Environment. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar.

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  • Miljø
  • Klima
  • Samfunn
  • Økonomi


  • Environmental governance
  • Institutional and ecological economics
  • Teaching
  • Program leader (Master International Environment Studies
  • Theoretical research within institutional and ecological economics
  • Empirical research in environmental governance