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The research group focuses on the efficient and sustainable use of energy and natural resources, in particular the implications on human welfare, the environment and climate change.

Latest news

18 October

Magnus Merkle, PhD student at Handelshøyskolen, presents his research on distributional impacts of heterogenous carbon prices in Europe

13 September

Carolina Castro Osorio, PhD student at the University of los Andes, presents her research on deforestation in Colombia

21 June

Giulio Corsi, visiting PhD student from Parthenope University of Naples, presents his research on bibliographic network analysis in the field of Ecological Economics

14 June

Malte Ladewig, PhD student at Handelshøyskolen, presents his research on artisanal mining as a driver of deforestation in Eastern DRC

  • The research covers a wide range of topics, including: energy markets, valuation of natural environments, consumer behaviour, use of petroleum resources, carbon markets, management of agricultural land tropical forest, and land markets. Methodologically, the research includes analytical methods, simulation models, econometrics, institutional analysis, valuation studies and field experiments. Geographically, the research can be divided into three main areas: (i) Norwegian environmental and climate policies, (ii) land and resource use in developing countries, and (iii) international climate policy.

    • Brown-bag lunch for group members (staff and PhD students): brief topical presentations and discussions, discussion of recent journal articles, feedback to PhD student paper ideas, etc.
    • Regular presentations at department seminars
    • Cooperation among group members on research projects and papers.
    • Joint project applications.


    18/10: Distributional impacts of heterogenous carbon prices in Europe. By Magnus Merkle

    20/09: How to use the Orion High Performance Computing Cluster in your research. By Arturo Vera Ponce de Leon

    13/09: Collective governance, private tenancy, equity, and controlled deforestation – a case study in Colombia. By Carolina Castro Osorio

    21/06: Literature review and bibliometric network analysis on the field of Ecological Economics. By Giulio Corsi

    14/06: Artisanal mining as a driver of deforestation in Eastern DRC. By Malte Ladewig

    10/05: Social acceptance of new floating offshore wind power: Do attitudes towards existing offshore industries matter? By Sharon Nytte

    19/04: Fair international distribution of work in a time-constrained world. By Lukas Godé
    22/03: What drives “status quo” choices in stated preference experiments? A meta style study. By Erlend Dancke Sandorf
    08/03: How effective are environmental taxes in the mining industry? By Diana Marcela Roa Rubiano
    11/01: Consumer mobility and flexibility in the electricity market. By Frode Alfnes

    07/12: Spatial microsimulation of carbon tax incidence: An application to Washington State. By Nathan Chan (External)
    02/11: Testing Attribute Translations and Signposting in Discrete Choice Experiments. By Anders Dugstad
    07/09: Selection and collection of data on indications for mapping and assessing ecosystem services in Poland. By Andrzej Mizgajski and Małgorzata Stępniewska (External)
    06/09: Climate Policies after Paris: Pledge, Trade and Recycle - Insights from the 36th Energy Modeling Forum Study. By Christoph Böhringer (External)
    22/06: Information Intervention to Promote Safe Water Consumption: An RCT in areas affected by groundwater arsenic in India. By Daniel Salicath (External)
    11/05: Balancing GHG mitigation and land-use conflicts: Alternative Northern European energy system scenarios. By Yi-kuang Chen (External)
    20/04: Can combinations of policies overcome tax aversion? By Gøril Louise Andreassen
    09/03: Will peer punishment protect tropical forests? Multi-country evidence from a framed field experiment. By Julia Del Carmen Naime Sanchez Henkel

    24/11: Land use and livelihood impacts of two incentive-based conservation interventions in Ucayali, Peru. By Julia Del Carmen Naime Sanchez Henkel
    27/10: Analyzing the secondhand market for electric vehicles in Norway. By Gøril Louise Andreassen
    15/09: Bringing Power to the People of Uganda: Determinants of solar Photovoltaics adoption in Uganda. By Grace Alinaitwe
    09/06: Weak concavity and the Friedman-Savage utility function. By Eirik Romstad
    26/05: Assessing the relationship between charcoal prices and oil prices in Uganda - Does volatility in oil prices impact  charcoal prices? By Grace Alinaitwe
    28/04: Does deferring production of oil add value to the project? By Micah Lucy Abigaba
    07/04: Non-intrusive detection of households' electricity usage. By Olvar Bergland
    03/03: Sustainability considerations for ethanol production in Uganda in a dynamic CGE analysis. By Miria Nakamya

    16/12: The use of CO2 prices in cost benefit analyses. By Knut Einar Rosendahl
    25/11: An integrated search and choice model. By Erlend Dancke Sandorf
    21/10: Presentation about work related to being the leader, appointed by the government, of “Teknisk beregningsutvalg” (TU). By Knut Einar Rosendahl
    01/03: Presentation of application to the Research Council of Norway. By Kine Josefine Aurland Bredesen

    05/06: How related are risk preferences and time preferences? By Stein Holden 24/04: Incentive neutrality in Norwegian petroleum taxation. By Diderik Lund, UiO 10/04: Re-examining macroeconomic drivers of deforestation. By Julia Naime 
    20/03: Transforming REDD+. Lessons and new directions. By Arild Angelsen
    13/03: Mitigate carbon leakage by reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. By Kevin Raj Kausal
    22/01: The evaluation of the mineral law. By Knut Einar Rosendahl   2018
    19/12: Transition theory. By Arild Angelsen
    21/11: Benefit Transfer Without Apology or What is the value of yet another non-market valuation study. By Olvar Berglund
    17/10: Land lease at the extensive and intensive margins. By Eirik Romstad
    18/9:  Oil and climate.  By Knut Einar Rosendahl 22/5: The Economics of Sustainability. By Arild Angelsen
    10/4: "Center for Environmental Energy". By Knut Einar Rosendahl
    13/3: How to Value Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services for Policy Use. By Ståle Navrud
    27/2: KREM’s future

    12/12: Learning from man and machine. By Dag Einar Sommervoll
    14/11: Reading club: Accepting market failure
    31/10: Reading Club: Behavioral Economics: Past, Present, and Future?
    03/10: Group Trust in Youth Business Groups -  Influenced by Risk Tolerance and Expected Trustworthiness. By Stein T. Holden and Mesfin Tilahun
    12/9: Low oil price may hurt Norway's economic case for northern drilling
    30/3: TOPPFORSK and other funding opportunities. External: Mads Greaker, Torjus Folsland Bolkesjø og Steffen Kalbekken.
    28/3: Latitudinal Effect on Energy Savings from Daylight Saving Time. By Olvar Bergland
    14/3: Reading Club. Narrative Economics
    28/2: Reading Club. Averting Catastrophes: The Strange Economics of Scylla and Charybdis   2016
    24/5: A micro-econometric analysis from Zambia. By Hambulo Ngoma
    10/5: Demand and supply shock. By Lin Ma
    15/3: Preferences for climate policies. By Kristine Grimsrud
    12/3: The Research Council of Norway. Arild Angelsen: The Research Council of Norway calls for proposal, and a session with discussion on possible topics would be beneficial.
    08/3: Demographic Health Surveys. By Nina Bruvik Westberg
    23/2: Can we slow down fires in the Brazilian Amazon? By Federico Cammelli
    09/2: Green Taxes (Knut Einar Rosendahl) Grønnskattekommisjon
    26/1: KREM inaugural meeting

  • See individual researcher’s publication list in Cristin or Google Scholar.

    • Energy markets and policies
    • Economic valuation of ecosystem services
    • Environmental regulation
    • Forest and climate (REDD+: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation)
      • Field experiments to test behavioural assumptions and project/policy interventions (Handberg, Cammelli, TeklayAngelsenHolden)
      • Global architecture, including REDD+ in climate agreements (Angelsen)
      • National level policies (Angelsen)
      • Reference level setting (TeklayAngelsen)
      • Local income from tropical forests (PEN project) (Angelsen)
    • Climate Smart Natural Resource Management and Policy
      • Climate risk and farm input demand and support programmes (Holden, Westberg)
      • Productive safety net programme (Legesse, Holden, Behre, Brhanu)
      • Impacts of agricultural intensification (conservation agriculture) (Ngoma, Angelsen)
      • Climate Smart Agriculture adoption (KatengezaHolden)
      • Climate Adaption Strategies (MegosSabyrbekovNavrud, Westberg, Angelsen)
    • Adoption Pathways
      • State-contingent analysis of climate risk (Holden)
      • Uncertainty, awareness and intertemporal choice (Holden)
    • Climate policies
    • Youth Business Groups for Sustainable Development
    • COASTAL ZONES: Non-Commercial Values Attached to Marine Resources in the Coastal Zone (NFR). Project led by Margrethe Aanesen (UiT). Our role is to construct and analyze results from a Stated Preference Survey on the economic value of coastal recreational activities and non-use values of coastal and marine resources (2014-2016).
    • COAST-BENEFIT: Ecosystem Service Valuation For Coastal Zone Management: From Promise to Practice (NFR). Project led by Gorm Kipperberg (UiS). Our role is to construct and analyze results from Stated Preference Surveys of impacts on coastal ecosystem services including marine oil spills and landscape aesthetic impacts from coastal wind power (2016-2019).
    • CERAD - Centre of Excellence for Environmental Radioactivity (NFR), Centre of Excellence coordinated by Brit Salbu (IMV, NMBU). Our role is to model the economic damage costs of nuclear accidents, including damages to ecosystem services and public health; cost-benefit analysis of preventive and adaptive measures; and assessment of the uncertainty in the economic analyses (2013-2022).
    • Wood prebiotics (NFR, Bionær program, project# 244259, led by Bjørge Westereng (IKBM, NMBU). Our role in the project is to assess the economic feasibility of processes under changing economic conditions, including economic risk assessments (2015-2019).
    • REDD+: The School of Economics and Business is part of the single largest global comparative research project on REDD+, coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). NMBU component deals with reference levels, national policies, and the impact of conservation agriculture on forest use (2009-ongoing).
    • CLISNARP: NORHEAD collaboration with two African universities (Mekelle University, Ethiopia and LUANAR in Malawi) on capacity building and research. 15 PhD-students and one post doc researcher included (2014-ongoing)
    • Adoption Pathways: CIMMYT project on climate risk and technology adoption in five East African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique) with funding from Australia.
    • NORENS: Developing the Norwegian Energy System in the European Energy Transition (NFR, ENERGIX program). NORENS will improve the knowledge base for planning an efficient, profitable and robust electricity system infrastructure for Norway in light of the European energy-system transition (2018-2021).
    • Youth Business Groups for Sustainable Development (2019-2022). The project combines surveys, lab-in-the-field experiments and Randomized Control Trials on group leadership training and incentives, empowerment of female members through training and risk management training and planning.
    • Territories- To enhance uncertainties reduction and stakeholders' involvement towards integrated and graded risk management of humans and wildlife in long-lasting radiological exposure situations. 
      The ERA-NET project “TERRITORIES” targets an integrated and graded management of contaminated territories characterized by long-lasting environmental radioactivity. Our task in the project is to develop a Cost-Benefit Analysis framework adapted to the assessment of clean-up activities of contaminated sites. 
    • MarES - Changing uses and values of marine ecosystem services in Arctic Norway. The main objective of this Norwegian Research Council project is to investigate how global changes and human activities affect the use and importance of ecosystem services (ES) spatially and across groups of people, the main objective is; to recognize that global changes in climate and human activities may affect utilization of marine ES in the northernmost part of Norway. By providing reliable monetary and non-monetary values of marine ES in an amended cost-benefit analysis (CBA) framework and as input in bio-economic models, the project aims to deliver improved tools for decision-making on trade-offs between different uses of marine ecosystem services spatially and across stakeholders. Our task is to help design, conduct and analyze Stated Preference case studies of affected households´ Willingness-to-pay to get or to avoid changes due to urbanization, and associated ecosystem service (ES) impacts. 
    • WINDLAND– Spatial Assessment of environment-energy trade-offs to reduce windpower conflicts.
      The primary objective of this Norwegian Research Council project (within the ENERGIX program) is to evaluate the loss of ecosystem services associated with wind energy installations and to construct methods to use these data as input in designing policy instruments and regulations in order to reduce the conflicts of interest across stakeholders. Our task is to help design, conduct and analyze Stated Preference studies of affected households´ Willingness-to-pay to avoid ecosystem service (ES) impacts from wind power developments and associated transmission lines; and to design benefit transfer rules mechanisms in order to construct generalized unit costs for ES damages. 
    • VALUECHANGE: Valuation of Cultural and Environmental Goods for Integrated Assessment and Decision-making: From Promise to Practice
      This interdisciplinary Norwegian Research Council project (within the MILJØFORSK program) aims to assess, value and integrate the importance (values) of cultural and environmental goods - in particular cultural ecosystem services, including biodiversity, and cultural heritage in a broad sense - for social welfare in a rural-urban context. Our task is to help design, conduct and analyze Stated Preference studies of affected households´ Willingness-to-pay to get or to avoid landscape changes due to urbanization, and associated ecosystem service (ES) impacts.
    • POLYFORES: This project constitutes one work package (WP3) of the Norwegian Research Council Project SUMFOREST “Decision Making Support for Forest Ecosystem Services (FES) in Europe: Value Assessment, Synergy Effects and Trade-offs”(a project within the BIONÆR program). The main objectives of POLYFORES are to assess the economic and non-economic values of FES, taking into consideration the main trade-offs and synergies between them. We contribute to conducting a systematic review of existing studies and methods used for valuing FES and provide guidance in the benefit transfer of FES for use in Cost-Benefit Analyses.
    • Device: Developing value chains for CO2 storage and blue hydrogen in Europe (NFR, Climit program): The project studies how social acceptance, government policy and regulations, and new business models can sustain the development of efficient value chains for hydrogen and captured CO2 in Europe. The project is led by the Frisch Centre.
    • Stresstest: Stress-testing the Norwegian economy: The effects of the 1.5°C scenarios on global energy markets and the Norwegian economy (NFR, ENERGIX program). The project aims to provide the public and the decision-makers with a transparent and independent assessment of how major technological, political and behavioural shifts complying with the 1.5°C targets will affect global energy markets, the Norwegian petroleum industry and the Norwegian economy towards 2050. The project is led by Cicero.

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