Management of Natural Resources and International Trade

28 August – 2 September 2011, Geneva

Global economic and environmental crises are increasingly influencing the public debate on the design of international economic relations. In international trade, natural resources play a prominent role both in terms of trade volumes and strategic/political importance. Throughout history natural resources have sparked major economic, political, social and, more recently, environmental concerns. Today, with ever growing and more globalized economic activity, scarcities, price volatilities and conflicts call for the proper management and regulation of natural resources.

The 2011 oikos Young Scholars International Economics Academy addresses this pressing topic. It will provide promising researchers with a global platform to identify and advance relevant and rigorous policy-oriented research. The Academy aims to stimulate academic innovation and progress with respect to international economics and Sustainable development and supports scholars in their skills to publish in leading international journals. The event strives to strengthen cooperation between academia, international organisations, NGOs, and policymaking institutions with the aim of generating substantive findings to tackle the challenges in the sustainable management of natural resources.

Successful papers or research proposals will draw on economic theory and methodology, focusing on the interdisciplinary nexus between international trade and the sustainable use of natural resources.

The five-day programme will encompass participants’ paper presentations, guest lectures, professional development roundtables and social events. Participants also have the opportunity to apply their insights and skills in a practitioner day.



PhD students and young scholars may submit papers or elaborated research proposals on international trade theory, empirics, and policy, focusing on topics such as:

  • The challenge of resource depletion
  • Political economy of international trade and natural resources: nationally and internationally
  • International trade regulation in natural resources
  • The natural resource curse
  • International trade in natural resources and the natural environment

Fellow students and the following internationally well-reputed researchers will give feedback:

  • Prof. Melaku Desta, The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy. (CEPMLP), University of Dundee, UK
  • Prof. Simon Evenett, Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW-HSG), University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Prof. Kelly Sims Gallagher, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), The Fletcher School, USA and Harvard Belfer Center


  • Doaa Abdel Motaal (TBC), Counsellor in the Office of the Director-General of the WTO

Ekaterina Demakova

NRU Higher School of Economics, Russia
“Perspectives of sustainable development in Russian gas sector”

Gouranga Gopal Das

Hanyang University, India
“That far-off land: A Production model of Land Deal and Host Country Effects”

Helena Faitelson

University of Haifa, Israel
“Analysis of the Impact of Economic Incentives to Control Greenhouse Gas Emissions within the Framework of a Dynamic General Equilibrium Model of the Israeli Economy”

Medani P. Bhandari

Syracuse University, Nepal
“The Green Economy Initiatives, Applicability and the Future ”

Tamara Vorobyeva

University of Tomsk, Russia
“The realization of integrated national interest in the state policy when exploiting natural energy resources (Evidence from the Russian oil- and gas sector)”

Sanna Maarala

University of St. Gallen, Finland

“What makes European countries import energy from outside Europe – prices vs. policy”

Ruth Schaldach

University of Hamburg, Germany
“Water grabbing for energy: Globalisation of Energy, Unconventional Resources and Water”

Yu-Hsuan Lin

University of York, UK

“Sustainability on the Incentives of Participating into International Environmental Agreements”