Our faculty members and graduate students specialize in the various fields of economics research. Browse through each research field to learn about our specialized faculty.
Since 1990, UBC has specialized in environmental and natural resource economics. Researchers in the field study how the economy and the environment interact across various topics, including trade, energy, transportation, food security, resource extraction, and environmental rule-making.
VSE graduate students have the opportunity to study with VSE faculty and with other environmental and resource economists across campus as part of the VSE's collaboration with the Centre for Food, Resource and Environmental Economics (CFREE).
Environmental Economics Courses
ECON371 Economics of the Environment
Economic analysis applied to various environmental issues, including sustainable development, quality of life, and environmental impacts of specific industrial and consumption activities. The design and implementation of government policies. Global environmental effects of human economic activity.
Instructor(s): Vaney, Michael Baylis, Patrick
ECON374 Land Economics
Economic analysis applied to problems of land use. Rent theory. Land valuation. Land conservation. Techniques for assessing the economic efficiency of land use. Effects of institutions and public policies on land use.
Instructor(s): Noack, Frederik
ECON472 Economics of Renewable Resources
The course covers the application of economic analysis to the management of renewable resources. Special attention is given to criteria for the optimal use of depleting resources such as forests and water. Other topics include public policy concerning environmental quality, conservation, and outdoor recreation.
Instructor(s): Copeland, Brian R
ECON573 Environmental Economics
Instructor(s): Baylis, Patrick