Natural Resources Economics and Governance – SEA

Core Module C1120 Natural Resources Economics and Governance – SEA
Exam Code 1120
Credit Points 5 ECTS
Term Winter
Module Coordination Prof. Sabine Schlüter
Lecturers Prof. Johannes Hamhaber, Dr. Sudeh Dehnavi, Dr. Toan Duc Truong
Workload (h) 45 Attendance 105 Self-Study
Prerequisites None
Intended Learning Outcome Students are able to compare different mechanisms of resource allocation based on the principles of socio-economic systems by

  • analyzing and categorizing socio-environmental systems ,
  • distinguishing fundamental concepts of social sciences,
  • applying concepts of micro-economics, environmental and resource economics, and
  • analyzing political systems and governance options

in order to apply and evaluate different management strategies, concepts and related tools from the perspective of societal demands.

Content Systems theory with respect to socio-economic systemsFundamental concepts of microeconomics

  • Introduction to microeconomics (consumer and producer theory)
  • Efficiency concepts
  • Elasticity concepts
  • Welfare and Environmental Economics

Principles of Environmental and Resources Economics

  • Environment and the economic activity
  • Environmental problems, externalities and missing markets
  • Market mechanisms and failures
  • Pollution economics

Social sciences approaches in resources management

  • Social scales, individual/group/society, communities
  • Structure and agency, action and behaviour, perceptions… and their application in resources management
  • Poverty and Livelihoods

Political systems in resources management

  • Governance, MLG
  • Institutions and Actor/Stakeholder concepts
  • Management of Natural resources – Policy instruments (water, agriculture, forestry…)
  • Decision making and competing allocation principles

Spatial and Strategic Planning as allocation mechanisms

Teaching Method Lectures, Exercises in class / group work, Self-study, Students‘ Presentations
Assesment Method Written exam (100%)
Recommended Reading

Brunnengräber, A., Walk, H. 2007: Multi-level Governance. NomosBryant, R., Bailey, S. 2005²: Third World Political Ecology. Routledge

Bunge, M. 1999: Social Science under Debate. UTP Press

Chant, S., McIlwaine, C. 2009: Geographies of Development in the 21st Century. Elgar.

Folmer, Henk and H. Landis Gabel (2000): Principles of Environmental and Resource Economics, 2nd Ed., Edward Elgar Cheltenham UK – Northampton, MA, USA

Mankiw, Gregory and Mark P. Taylot: Economics, South-Western CENGAGE Learning, London 2008.

Potter, R., Binns, T., et al. 2008³: Geographies of development. An Introduction to Development Studies.

Rao, P.K. 2000: Sustainable Development: Economics and Policy. Wiley

Sterner, Thomas (2003): Policy Instruments for Environmental and Natural Resource Management

Tietenberg, T., Lewis, L. 2008: Environmental and Natural Resources Economics. Pearson

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