Applied Environmental Economics

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Eugenie Dugoua (course coordinator), Dr Sefi Roth, Dr Stephen Jarvis


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics. This course is available on the BA in Geography, BSc in Accounting and Finance, BSc in Economic History and Geography, BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Geography with Economics and BSc in Psychological and Behavioural Science. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

The number of students that can be accommodated is limited. If the course is over-subscribed, places will be allocated at the Department’s discretion and a waiting list may be created. For further details, please contact your relevant Programme Coordinator.

Course content

This course is an introduction to economic principles in the analysis of environmental change and natural resource use and in designing appropriate policy responses. The first part of the course primarily covers the concepts and tools of environmental and resource economics, such as the evaluation of regulatory and market-based instruments in controlling pollution; moral suasion and voluntary regulation; the economics of renewable resources (e.g. fisheries); the economics of non-renewable resources (e.g., fossil fuels and minerals). The second part applies these concepts and tools to provide an economic perspective on real-world policy issues. Topics covered include the following: cost-benefit analysis and environmental valuation; stated and revealed preferences methods (and some behavioural considerations); sustainable development; biodiversity; climate change; energy; directed technological change and green innovation; health and the environment.


In the Department of Geography and Environment, teaching will be delivered through a combination of classes/seminars, pre-recorded lectures, live online lectures, in-person lectures and other supplementary interactive live activities.


This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures across Michaelmas Term and Lent Term.


This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Michaelmas Term and Week 6 of Lent Term. 

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce non-assessed coursework throughout the year that will include at least one essay and may be asked to give class presentations.

Indicative reading

Detailed reading lists will be provided to support each course component.

For an overview and introduction to the main issues covered by the course, students may wish to consult the following: 

Field, B., & Field, M. K. (2016). Environmental economics. McGraw-Hill Education.

Keohane, N. O., & Olmstead, S. M. (2016). Markets and the Environment. Island Press.

Kolstad, C. (2011). Intermediate environmental economics: International edition. OUP Catalogue

OECD. (2018). Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Environment: Further Developments and Policy Use. OECD Publishing.


Exam (75%, duration: 3 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (25%, 2000 words).

Student performance results

(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)

Classification % of students
First 58.7
2:1 38.5
2:2 1.6
Third 0.4
Fail 0.8

Key facts

Department: Geography and Environment

Total students 2021/22: 98

Average class size 2021/22: 17

Capped 2021/22: Yes (100)

Lecture capture used 2021/22: Yes (LT)

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills