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oikos Young Scholars Economics Academy 2011

  • 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.

  • Topic

    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”

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“The Academy was very impressive, intellectually stimulating and full of constructive activities. As a faculty, it gave me new ideas of developing teaching infused with latest sustainability research”
Gouranga Das, Hanyang University, South Korea


“The Academy was very important for the development of my PhD
research.  I am really happy that I had an opportunity  to be a part
of this event”

Ekaterina Demakova, Higher School of Economics, Russia


“This is a great concept!”
Ruth Schaldach, Technical University of Hamburg/Harburg, Germany


Medani P. Bhandari, Syracuse University, USA


“The Academy was very well organised and extremely useful for my research. I got very constructive feedback, had a really good time, and met very interesting people from all over the world!”
Helena Faitelson, University of Haifa, Israel