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Providing solutions to urban challenges with economic expertise
The thesis track Urban Environmental Economics aims at using insights and methods from economics to provide solutions in urban environments. In this thesis track, students can combine courses and expertise from the chair groups ‘Environmental Economics and Natural Resources’ (ENR) and ’Urban Economics’ (UEC). The programme focuses on how to make cities more sustainable, and how to assess the impacts, effectiveness and efficiency of different policy options.
Integrating natural and social sciences
The thesis track Urban Environmental Economics aims at integrating knowledge and insights from natural sciences, technology and economics. For example, combining socioeconomic and environmental data allows for assessing the environmental and social impacts of energy policy, including identifying winners and losers across society, in different regions or neighbourhoods. Parts of our research focuses on the application of modelling approaches such as spatial, behavioural, or applied general equilibrium models for analysing real world environmental problems. Empirical research is carried out through surveys, observational data or economic experiments, for example, to assess the acceptability of policy options, estimate the willingness to pay for green space, or identify leverage points for transformation.
Students can learn more about the education and research related to this discipline by visiting the website of the Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group and the Urban Economics Group.