University of Gothenburg

Environment for Development

Coffee plantation in Costa Rica

Environment for Development (EfD) is a global network of research centers established in 2007 with the purpose of increasing the use of environmental economics to reduce poverty and increase sustainability in the Global South.

EfD contributes to solve the world’s most pressing environmental and development challenges through policy-relevant research, capacity development and policy engagement. EfD’s research addresses the most important sustainability challenges. These are identified in a close dialogue with decision makers at our centers and through continuous learning between countries. EfD works actively to reach policy makers and other stakeholders with the research results and contributes thereby to policy making that promotes poverty alleviation, increased equality and sustainable development.

13 centers around the World

The network consists of 230 researchers working at EfD’s centers based in leading academic institutions in Central Amerika, Chile, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. EfD also works closely with partners in the US, Sweden, France, and Germany. A large part of the research is conducted through cross-border teamwork and in cooperation with researchers from Europe and North America.

The network is coordinated by the EfD Global Hub, located at the School of Business, Economics, and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

The organization is financed by external funds.