Summer School: ‘the Green Economy’

Summer School: ‘the Green Economy’
June 16 – June 27, 2014

The third course of the Thor Heyerdahl Summer School in Environmental Governance – will be organized in Norway in June 2014. The topic of this year’s course is ‘the Green Economy’ and it will run from June 16 through June 27. It is organized by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

image The summer school series is aimed at giving PhDs and young researchers the opportunity to develop high level skills in analyzing environmental governance issues. It offers the opportunity to critically reflect on the present status of both theory and practice in the field, and to discuss alternatives to present developments and solutions.

This years’ course will focus on the frontiers of theory formation and empirical analyses regarding ‘the green economy’. The concept is loaded with very different meanings, as it is connected to dif­ferent traditions within economics. It also links up closely with natural sciences – especially ecology, but also physics – as well as with other social sciences. Therefore studying the green economy is an interdisciplinary endeavour. The course in 2014 offers oppor­tunities to analyse and discuss various perspectives regarding the green economy, both through getting a better understanding of the theoretical controversies and the practical implications.

Several internationally renowned researchers will participate as teachers. We mention Richard Howarth, Tim Jackson, Sharachchandra Lele, Sian Sullivan and Heidi Wittmer. Richard Howarth is Professor of Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecological Economics. Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of RESOLVE. He also directs the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG). Sharachchandra Lele is Senior Fellow, Program Leader (Forests & Governance), Convenor (Centre for Environment & Development) at ATREE – the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore, India. Sian Sullivan is Senior Lecturer in Environment and Development at Birkbeck, University of London. Heidi Wittmer is deputy head of the Department of Environmental Politics, at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ – Leipzig. She also led the TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) scientific coordination team at UFZ.

The Summer School is open to PhD students and young researchers who have completed their PhD degree within the last 4 years of the application deadline (February 20, 2014). Priority will be given to applicants from social science oriented programs or interdisciplinary (combined social and natural science) programs. Priority will moreover be given to PhDs, but we wish to include a few young researchers as well. In total, about 25 students will be admitted.

The summer school series is organized by the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB). Professor Arild Vatn is responsible for convening the series.

More information is available at http://www.umb.no/thor-heyerdahl-summer-school from Janu­ary 10, 2014. Deadline for application is February 20.

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