From left to right: Professor Brian Copeland, Jon Strand, Michael Toman and Professor Partha Sen.

Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum hailed an outstanding success

The inaugural Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum (EPSF), held at the Business School in April, has been hailed as an outstanding success by both organisers and participants.

The recent launch of the University of Exeter “Climate Change and Sustainable Futures Programme” (CCSF) has identified this area as a central element of its future strategy.  

As a significant contribution to this, the Department of Economics at the Business School convened a three-day international forum, the Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum( EPSF). The event brought together leading international researchers in the fields of environmental and resource economics and influential stakeholders from international and UK institutions including the World Bank, the European Union, the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Environment Agency.

Approximately 40 high quality papers on environmental and resource issues related to the theme of the Forum were presented in parallel sessions, provoking much discussion over the three days and creating potential new research collaborations. 12 world leading keynote speakers discussed their latest ideas and more than 100 participants from 20 different countries attended.

There was also the opportunity for the general public to participate through two public lectures, given by Dr Sam Fankhauser (LSE), John Hirst (Met Office) and Professor Peter Cox (University of Exeter). These proved extremely popular and were extremely well attended.
Professor Michael Finus commented ‘We were delighted by the response of the international academic community to the Forum and the excellence of the papers presented. More importantly perhaps, I am very excited about the new research projects that could develop in the future as a result of bringing the very best of the environmental economics community together, here in Exeter.’

Dr Sam Fankhauser from the London School of Economics was also interviewed by the BBC whilst attending the Forum.

The conference programme, biographies of the keynote speakers and event photos can be found on the University of Exeter Business School website.

Date: 31 May 2011

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