Backed by the Environment Agency and conservation charity WWF, the Economics and Environmental Policy Masters Awards showcases the talents of the newest, brightest and most visionary thinkers likely to make a contribution to future environmental policy.

The prize is aimed at post graduate students doing dissertations on the economy and environmental policy.

According to organisers, the competition aims to stimulate students to use their masters courses to help them ‘better analyse economic issues of relevance to environmental policy makers, and to develop creative policy solutions’.

“The awards are about recognising and encouraging excellence in the field of environmental economics,” explained the Environment Agency’s chief economist, and awards panel judge, Ronan Palmer.

“Adapting to climate change and rising sea levels, minimising waste and CO2 emissions, living with reduced water resources; and the expansion of housing in London’s south-east are just some of the challenges facing the next generation of environmental economists.

“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.

“However, at the moment there are just over 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.”

Judging has already taken place and presentation of the prizes will be made on Thursday, November 9.

Sam Bond

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