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State of the Art in International Forest Policy

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NOVA PhD course of 7.5 ECTS, organised by Ass. Prof. Göran Bostedt, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Course dates and location: 11-15 Sept. 2017, in Umeaa, Sweden.

Course Description
This postgraduate-level course in international forest policy will provide a general overview of global environmental problems and shifts in governing systems and a deeper understanding of the forest policy challenges facing the Nordic countries. The course is given in collaboration between The North European Regional Office of the European Forest Institute (EFINORD), Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics (CERE) and the Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and NOVA.

The course consists of 5 working days of lectures followed by homework assignments. The course is introduced by lectures on the global perspective of forest policy by professor Maria Brockhaus, professor of international forest policy at the University of Helsinki. This is followed by lectures on the European perspective of forest policy by professor Georg Winkel, University of Freiburg and EFI. The course will be concluded with the practitioners’ point of view, discussing how national policies feed into the EU forest policy, by senior advisor Hans Nilsagård, the Swedish Ministry of Rural Affairs. Mr.Nilsagård has been the Swedish government forest policy expert and representative at several of the COP meetings and at the EU level.

NOVA Course State of the Art in International Forest Policy
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Programme Outline

Monday-Tuesday: Introduction to forest policy. Lectures on forest policy and climate change mitigation (REDD) and adaptation, and the political economy of deforestation.

Wednesday-Thursday: Lectures on European forest policy and land use/environmental governance, and the importance of political culture, beliefs and discourses in the European perspective.

Friday: The forest policy practitioners’ perspective – the Nordic dimension in European and international forest policy.

Pre-/Post-Campus Assignments
Pre-course week: Reading list will be provided to students. Post-course week: Assignments and home exam.

Learning Outcomes
The course aims to provide understanding of international forest policy on global as well as European level from a broad social science perspective, with an emphasis on the economics perspective. The course aims at an interdisciplinary audience, welcoming students not only from core social sciences but also from management of natural resources, forests being one example. The course also aims at progress from a theoretical definition of forest policy to practical examples of forest policy on the EU level.

Evaluation Elements
Home exam and assignment(s). In order to obtain the 7.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) the participants should submit a max 10 pages paper applying suitable parts of the theory and methods to their own research, which will be reviewed for adequate quality by members of the lecturer group.

Pedagogical Approach
The course includes a blend of lectures, group discussions, practical exercises, social events and home-work. Students are expected to present their own research project during the course week, as relevant. Each accepted participant must send to the organisers a two-page note describing 1) the issues they work on of relevance for this course, 2) their expectations as to how the course may benefit them. There will be readings before the course start.

Estimated Workload

  • 5 hours seminar
  • 30 hours lecture
  • 190 hours independent work
  • 0 hours other

Prerequisite Knowledge
The course is specifically aimed at master and PhD students within the field of economics, forest management and related subjects. Knowledge in basic microeconomics, and/or natural resource economics is assumed. Good knowledge in English is vital to be able to follow the course.

Admission for NOVA courses is handled by the course organiser/ the NOVA member institution organising the course. Please see the links in the margin for more information.

Send an email including a CV to the course responsilbe.
Applications will be treated after the principal first in first served, as long as the applicant fulfills the prerequisites. Maximum number of students: 20. The department has the right to cancel the course if there are too few applicants.

Application period: 10 Mar. - 10 July 2017

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Published 13. December 2016 - 13:01 - Updated 15. August 2017 - 13:49