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Short course

Environmental and Resource Economics for Non-economists

Lennox Crossing, ACT
Course Commencement Date
23 Aug 2019

Australia faces serious challenges in the form of local, national and global environmental problems and in sustainably managing the Country’s resources. This course 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. This course will boost your capacity to be involved in designing and communicating environmental policies. A special focus will be placed on policies for improving environmental outcomes in the energy sector.

Course date: 9.30am–4.30pm 23 August 2019

Venue: #132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

Enrol: tel. 02 6125 2154 e.

Cost: $1,195

Course overview

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, Associate Professor 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 use of economic instruments to improve environmental outcomes in the rapidly-changing energy sector will be given special focus.

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.

The one-day course will involve case studies and group problem solving.

Course presenter(s): Associate Professor Paul Burke

Paul Burke is an economist at the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy. He works on the economics of energy, the environment, and developing countries. He is currently carrying out research projects in Australia, Indonesia, China, and India. In 2016 he published a paper on Australia’s Direct Action emission reduction scheme that received considerable attention. Paul has also won a College prize for his teaching excellence. He is a frequent contributor to Australian discussions on economic approaches to environmental challenges.

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