IME - Department of Environmental and Business Economics

The Department of Environmental and Business Economics, University of Southern Denmark is located on the Esbjerg Campus. At the end of 2008 there are 25 researchers, of which 4 are Ph.D. students. Three secretaries are employed at the institute.

The core research profile of the institute is focused around analyses of social economic and business economic consequences of regulation and markets within the environmental- and resources field. Resources are defined as both natural and knowledge resources as well as social capital. A united element in the research profile is therefore the understanding of economic activity as resource based – not only as using resources but also as the creating resources.

The institute is head of Centre of Fisheries and Aquaculture Management and Economics (FAME) - a researcher and PhD education network within resource economic and management. The Department focuses an environmental and resource economic research within 5 areas: 1) Risk analyses, risk management and risk communication. 2) Pollution and resource scarcity. 3) Theory of regulation, 4) Integrated models and 5) Ecosystem based management.

Contribution to the project

IME will contribute to task 4.2 by proposing resource economic indicators for the performance, and suggest management response based on the indicators. The applicability of the indicators and responses will be proofed in task 4.3. 

The scientific team

Professor Niels Vestergaard, Ph.D. in Economics, University of Copenhagen, M.Sc. in mathematical economics. His research interests are environmental and resource economics, particular regulation of the exploitation of renewable resources, Cost-Benefit analysis and productivity and capacity analysis.

Lars Ravn-Jonsen is an assistant researcher, Ph.D. in Economics, M.Sc. in Forestry and Natural Resource Management. His research interests are environmental and resource economics, particular production economics of ecological systems and the consequences for the regulation of the exploitation. At present finalising Ph.D. theses on production economics of an size-based eco-system model. Currently involved in the research project SPICOSA doing economic analysis of blue shell fishing and blue shell farming in Limfjorden.
27 JANUARY 2022