GY329      Half Unit
Applied Economics of Environment and Development

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Juan Ruiz-Tagle STC3.19b


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

This course is capped at 50 students.


Applied Environmental Economics (GY222) and/or Intermediate Microeconomics (EC201 or EC202 or EC2A1 or EC2A3 or EC2A5)

Course content

This course explores the complex relationships between economic development, poverty and the environment. It covers a range of important natural resource and environmental issues in developing countries, and provides students with the necessary tools to critically evaluate how these issues have been addressed by different stakeholders and at different levels of governance. Using concepts and analytical tools grounded in applied economics, primarily environmental and development economics, the course will examine a range of topics, including: the poverty-environment trap; property rights and governance; the food-energy-environment nexus; biofuels; and urbanization.


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 Lent Term.


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


Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce a ‘mock exam’ essay during the Lent Term.

Indicative reading

Barbier, E (2005) Natural Resources and Economic Development, Cambridge University Press.

Lopez, R., and M. Toman (2006) Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability. Columbia University Press.


Take-home assessment (100%) in the ST.

3-day Take-Home assessment

Student performance results

(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)

Classification % of students
First 17.5
2:1 76.7
2:2 5.8
Third 0
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Geography and Environment

Total students 2021/22: 38

Average class size 2021/22: 13

Capped 2021/22: No

Lecture capture used 2021/22: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills