Cash prizes for leading lights designed to spur on eco-economics
Student economists providing solid financial arguments for sustainable solutions have been rewarded for the contribution they are making to the environment.The Environment Agency presented its first Environmental Economics Masters Awards this week, handing out cash rewards and accolades for five innovative ideas and arguments produced by students studying for their masters degree.
While the number of environmental economists working in the UK is barely into triple figures at the moment, the EA is hoping the awards will highlight the discipline and draw more thinkers into the fold.
"These awards are about recognising and encouraging excellence in the field of environmental economics," said Ronan Palmer, the EA's chief economist.
"More and more, environmental economists will be relied on to find solutions to some of the most profound and challenging policy and social issues - they will play a critical role in managing change to a more sustainable world," he said.
"At the moment there are just 100 environmental economists in the UK - we hope these awards will encourage more people to engage in this emerging field, and pursue new levels of excellence.
"I am inspired by the dedication and level of excellence demonstrated by these students - I hope these awards give them renewed momentum to continue their valuable work."
Among the challenges the next generation of economists the EA highlighted the need to slow the rate of human consumption in the UK, reducing waste and carbon emissions, dealing with the massive growth of China and the huge expansion of housing in London's south-east.
Environmental Economics Masters Awards winners included
By Sam Bond
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