Environmental and Resource Economics for non-economists
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In this course, Dr Paul Burke will teach you how economic approaches can be used to improve the management of valuable, but often under-priced, environmental assets. The convenor will share insights into how economic ideas for environmental and resource management can be successfully communicated to policymakers, stakeholders, and the public. The day involves highly interactive learning and case studies from Australia and overseas. The course will boost your capacity to be involved in designing and communicating environmental policies.
Australia faces serious challenges in the form of local, national, and global environmental problems and in sustainably managing important resources such as fish stocks and fresh water. Economics provides an important framework to understand the causes of these challenges and the best policy approaches for addressing them.
In this course, Dr Paul Burke will show how economic approaches can be used to better manage our natural environment. You will learn how environmental policy goals can be achieved in a cost-effective manner if the appropriate policy settings are put in place.
The course will cover issues in the design of conservation policies and the successful use of economic approaches in managing greenhouse gas emissions, local air pollution, biodiversity, salinity, and key resources such as fisheries. The economic concepts of market failure, externalities, public goods, and market-based instruments will be covered. The course will also review how ideas from the field of behavioural economics can be incorporated into environmental policy.
Dr Paul Burke
Paul Burke is a Fellow at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University working on the economics of energy, the environment, and developing countries. In 2016 he published a paper on Australia’s Direct Action emission reduction scheme that received considerable attention. Paul teaches postgraduate Environmental Economics at the ANU and has won a College prize for his teaching excellence. He is a frequent contributor to Australian discussions on economic approaches to environmental challenges.