Graduate Student Engagement

Graduate students are an integral part of the AERE scholar network. The AERE Grad Student Engagement Committee, created by the AERE Board of Directors in 2020, works to serve and engage graduate students who have interests in environmental and natural resource economics. So far, the committee has fielded two main initiatives. 

Professional Development Panel Series

Experienced scholars in the field share their wisdom and experiences in panel discussions with graduate students as the intended audience, though all are welcome. These conversations are intended to increase student exposure and uncover aspects of the hidden curriculum in navigating a career in environmental and resource economics. Attendance is not restricted to AERE members!

Past Panels

  • April 15, 2022: "Publishing in Environmental and Resource Economics" featuring panelists Amy Ando (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), co-editor at American Journal of Agricultural Economics and past editor at Resource and Energy Economics and Conservation Letters; Daniel Phaneuf (University of Wisconsin-Madison), editor at Land Economics, past editor at the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (JAERE) and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management; and Sheila Olmstead, University of Texas, JAERE editor, past editor at Environmental and Resource EconomicsWater Resources Research, and Water Resources and Economics
  • February 18, 2022: "Developing and Managing a Research Agenda" featuring panelists Dr. Susanna Berkouwer (University of Pennsylvania), Dr. Alex Hollingsworth (Indiana University), and Dr. Derek Lemoine (University of Arizona)
  • October 22, 2021: “Preparing for Success on the Job Market,” featuring Jennifer Alix-Garcia, Max Auffhammer, Marc Bellemare, Hongxing Liu, Brian Prest, Brigitte Roth Tran, Laura Taylor
  • September 22, 2021: “What’s the Cutting Edge in Environmental and Resource Economics Fields?” featuring Belinda Archibong, Fiona Burlig, Tamma Carleton, Hannah Druckenmiller, Teevrat Garg, Ivan Rudik

Lunch Match-Ups

At the 2021 summer conference, which was held remotely because of the pandemic, we invited graduate students and those further on in their careers to sign up to be matched up randomly to have (virtual) lunch with each other. We matched 139 people in pairs or trios, and sent them funding to get lunch delivered.

When you register for the AERE 2022 Summer Conference, you will have the opportunity to be part of this year's in-person match-up program!

Other Ideas?

We have other ideas brewing, but if you have any suggestions or thoughts, please reach out to one of the committee co-chairs.