University of Gothenburg

PhD Program in Environmental Economics

Since 2007 the Environmental Economics Unit runs a program for a PhD in Environmental Science with a focus on economics.

The entry requirements for this program are somewhat different from the PhD program in economics because the PhD-candidates are given the opportunity to combine courses in economics with courses in environmental science. Currently we have no special funding for this program and are not admitting new students. Those interested in environmental economics should apply to the regular program at the department.

To be eligible for admission, external funding for four years is required. The course requirements in the program, as specified in the general study plan, are also somewhat different from the PhD program in economics with the aim of facilitating for the PhD-candidates to combine courses in economics with courses in environmental science.

The thesis work and studies have been similar to the PhD theses in economics in very broad terms. Note however that since the program no longer receive funding from Sida, admissions are very limited.


Samson Mukanjari, ”Climate Policy and Financial Markets”, 2020.

Eyoual Tamrat Demeke, “Essays on Environmental and Behavioral Economics”, 2019

Josephine Gakki, “Primary Health Care Interventions and Social Ties in Kenya”, 2018.

James MacGregor, “Sustainable policy for energy, land and natural resources”, 2017.

Daniel Slunge, ”Essays in Environmental Management and Economics: Public Health, Risk and Strategic Environmental Assessment”, 2017.

Tensay Hadus Meles, “Power Outages, Increasing Block Tariffs and Billing Knowledge”, 2017.

Yashodha Yashodha, “Contract Choice and Trust in Informal Groundwater Markets”, 2017.

Yuanyuan Yi, “Incentives and Forest Reform: Evidence from China”, 2017.

Laura Villalobos-Fiatt, “Essays on forest conservation policies, weather and school attendance”, 2017.

Martin Julius Chegere, “Post-Harvest Losses, Intimate Partner Violence and Food Security in Tanzania”, 2017.

Lisa Björk, “Essays on Behavioral Economics and Fisheries: Coordination and Cooperation”, 2017.

Xiao-Bing Zhang, ”Cooperation and Paradoxes in Climate Economics”, 2015.

Remidus Denis Ruhinduka, “Essays on Field Experiments and Impact Evaluation”, 2015.

Sied Hassen, “On the Adoption and Dis-adoption of Household Energy and Farm Technologies”, 2015.

Marcela Jaime, “Essays on Behavioral Economics and Policy Design”, 2015.
Kristina Mohlin, "Essays on Environmental Taxation and Climate Policy”, 2013.

Jorge Bonilla Londono, “Essays on the Environmental Economics of Air Quality Control”, 2013.

Haileselassie Medhin, “The Poor and Their Neighbors: Essays on Behavioral and Experimental Economics”, 2013.

Xiaojun Yang, ”Household decision making, Time preferences and positional concern: Experimental evidence from rural china”, 2013.

Simon Wagurna, “Essays on Gender issues, food security and Technology adoption in East Africa”, 2013.

Claudine Uwera, PhD thesis in Environmental Science "Water Demand and Financing in Rwanda: An empirical analysis", 2013.

Kofi Vondolia, “Essays on Natural Resource Economics”, 2011.

Hailemariam Teklewold, “Essays on the Economics of Sustainable Agricultural Technologies in Ethiopia”, 2012.

Yonas Alem, “Essays on Shocks, Welfare and Poverty Dynamics: Microeconomic Evidence from Ethiopia”, 2011.

Pham, Khanh Nam, “Prosocial Behavior, Social Interaction and development: Experimental Evidence from Vietnam”, 2011.

Clara Villegas Palacio, “Formal and informal regulations: Enforcement and Compliance”, 2011.

Haoran He, "Environmental and Behavioral Economics - Applications to China", 2010.

Ping, Qin, Risk, “Relative Standing and Property Rights”, 2009.

Miguel Quiroga, “Microeconomic Policy for Development: Essays on Trade and Environment, Poverty and Education”, 2009.

Markus Wråke, “European Energy Policy in Transition: Critical Aspects of Emissions Trading”, 2009.

Jiegen Wei, “Essays in climate change and forest management”, 2009.

Precious Zhikali, “Land reform, Trust and Natural Resource Management in Africa”, 2008.

Marcela Ibánez Diaz, “Social Dilemmas: The Role of Incentives, Norms and Institutions”, 2007.

Martine Visser, “Fairness, Reciprocity and Inequality: Experimental Evidence from S Africa”, 2007.

Mintewab Bezabih, “Essays on Land Lease Markets, Productivity Biodiversity and Environmental Variability”, 2007.

Wisdom Akpalu, “Essays on economics of natural resource management and experiments”, 2006.

Anders Ekbom, “Economics Analysis of Soil Capital, Land Use and Agricultural Production in Kenya”, 2007.

Jorge Garcia, “Essays on Asymmetric Information and Environmental Regulation through Disclosure”, 2007.

Wilfred Nyangena, Essays on Soil Conservation, Social Capital and Technology Adoption, 2006.

Minhaj Mahmud, “Measuring Trust and the Value of Statistical Lives: Evidence from Bangladesh”, 2005.

Johanna Jussila Hammes, “Essays on the political economy of land use change”, 2005.

Bakari Lokina, Razack, “Efficiency, Risk and Regulation Compliance: Applications to Lake Victoria Fisheries in Tanzania”, 2005.

Kateregga, Eseza, “Essays on the Infestation of Lake Victoria by the Water Hyacinth”, 2005.

Jessica Andersson, “Welfare, Environment and Tourism in Developing Countries”, 2004.

Yesuf Mahmud, “Risk, Time and Land Management under Market Imperfections: Applications to Ethiopia”, 2004.

Susanna Lundström, “On institutions, Economic Growth and the Environment”, 2003.

Abou-Ali, Hala, “Water and Health in Egypt: An Empirical Analysis”, 2003.

Edwin Muchapondwa, “The Economics of Community Based Wildlife Conservation in Zimbabwe”, 2003.

Åsa Löfgren, “Environmental Taxation- Empirical and Theoretical Applications”, 2003.

Francisco Alpizar, “Essays on Environmental Policy-Making in Developing Countries: Applications to Costa Rica”, 2002.

Martin Linde-Rahr, “Household Economics of Agriculture and Forestry in Rural Vietnam”, 2001.

Henrik Hammar, “Essays on Policy Instruments: Applications to Smoking and the Environment”, 2001.

Håkan Eggert, “Essays on Fishery Economics”, 2001.

Adolf Mkenda, “Fishery Resources and Welfare in Rural Zanzibar”, 2001.

Lena Nerhagen, “Travel Demand and the Value of Time”, 2001.

Ingemar Leksell, “Health Costs of Particle Emissions”, 2000.

Lena Höglund, “Essays on Environmental Regulation with Applications to Sweden”, 2000.

Mohammed Belhaj, “Energy, Transportation and Urban Environment in Africa: the Case of Rabat-Salé, Morocco”, 1998.

Alemu Mekonnen, “Rural Energy and Afforestation: Case Studies from Ethiopia”, 1998.

Tekie Alemu, “Land Tenure and Soil Conservation: Evidence from Ethiopia”, 1999.

Fredrik Carlsson, “Essays on Externalities and Transport”, 1999.

Gunnar Köhlin, “The Value of Social Forestry in Orissa, India”, 1998.

Jorge Rogat, “The Value of Improved Air Quality in Santiago de Chile”, 1998.

Olof Johansson-Stenman, “Welfare, Externalities, and Taxation: Theory and some Road Transportation Applications”, 1996.

Mikael Franzén, “Gasoline Demand – a Comparison of Models”, 1994.

Ruben Tansini, “Technology Transfer: Dairy Industries in Sweden and Uruguay, 1989.

Ammon Mbelle, “Foreign Exchange and Industrial Development: a Study of Tanzania”, 1988.