The primary concern of Environmental & Resource Economics is the application of economic theory and methods to environmental issues and problems that require detailed analysis in order to improve management strategies. The contemporary environmental debate is in a constant state of flux, with new or relatively unexplored topics continually emerging. The Journal provides a forum for the further exploration of causes, consequences and policy responses linked to these topics, across a range of spatial and temporal scales up to the global dimension. Areas of particular interest include evaluation and development of instruments of environmental policy; cost-benefit and cost effectiveness analysis; sectoral environmental policy impact analysis; modeling and simulation; institutional arrangements; resource pricing and the valuation of environmental goods; and indicators of environmental quality.

The contents are chosen for their relevance to the process of policy formulation and application.

  • The journal seeks to publish papers which develop and apply new theory and methods for the application of economic principles to aid local to global decision-making in environmental protection, natural resource utilisation and ecosystem management
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  • Special Issue: Towards Renewable Energy Systems: Addressing Spatial Variation in Energy and Environmental Externalities

    This special issue will compile novel evidence of spatial trade-offs related to the deployment of renewable energy sources and the performance of spatial governance approaches.

  • Call for Papers for a Special Issue: Economics of the Impacts of Natural Ecosystem Loss and Degradation on Human Health

    This special issue will consist of papers that address these limitations using explicit models of human behavior and rigorous quantitative methods in order to strengthen the evidence base on the relationship between ecosystem change and human health.

  • Call for Papers for a Special Issue: The Economics of Biodiversity: Building on the Dasgupta Review

    The goal of the special issue is to rigorously analyse and assess the Dasgupta Review and provide some first extensions. We want to help make the topic of biodiversity a mainstream issue for environmental economists and we believe that our special issue will play a fundamental role there. The special issue will consist of two parts – the first part is by invitation only and is a transdisciplinary one where researchers from both the environmental sciences, as well as economists, analyse, discuss and assess the Dasgupta Review. The second part provides extensions of the Dasgupta Review and further develops some of the ideas and problems that are brought to light in the review itself.   

  • Call for Papers for a Special Issue: Green Deal, Energy Transition and Decarbonization

    The Special Issue seeks to publish novel research and reflect the most recent advances on the latest contributions on the above areas, covering new modeling techniques and formulations, as well as innovative case studies. Contributions will be selected through a refereeing process consistent with the standard reviewing process of the Environmental and Resource Economics journal. Only original contributions of the highest quality will be included. This Special Issue should be of benefit to policy-makers and researchers worldwide, wherever there is a need to overcome challenges, design policy options, strive for new technological breakthroughs and seek investment opportunities towards a new era of energy transition.

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