AERE was founded in 1979 as a means for exchanging ideas, stimulating research, and promoting graduate training in environmental and resource economics. AERE currently has over 1,000 members from more than thirty nations, coming from academic institutions, the public sector, and private industry. As a scientific organization, AERE is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization. View our bylaws

Exchanging Ideas  

AERE provides many forums for exchanging ideas relevant to the management of natural and environmental resources.

AERE oversees two flagship journals, the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE) and the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP).

AERE also offers members a variety of opportunities to present their research at meetings and workshops. AERE hosts the AERE Summer Conference, which takes place in late May/early June in venues across the U.S. and co-sponsors the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, which is held every four years. AERE also hosts the AERE Fall Workshop, held online in September/October each year. In addition, AERE organizes sessions at the annual meetings of the following organizations:

In 2022, AERE began hosting OSWEET sessions online, originally founded as the Online Summer Workshop in Environmental, Energy, and Transportation economics in summer 2020. 

AERE maintains affiliations with the American Economic Association (AEA), the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), and fellow members of the World Council of Environmental and Resource Economics Associations.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As a professional organization representing environmental and natural resource economists, AERE is committed to facilitating an equitable and inclusive environment throughout the organization, at sponsored professional events and activities, and through its journals. This requires a culture in which all individuals are respected and are treated fairly regardless of factors such as age, sex, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, health condition, marital status, parental status, genetic information, physical appearance, political affiliation, professional status, personal connections, or socioeconomic background.

AERE’s leadership is committed to playing an active role in creating and maintaining an inclusive and professional climate that fosters open and constructive discussions and dialogue amongst all its members. It demonstrates its commitment to inclusivity in at least four ways:

  1. by seeking out diversity in the individuals represented and professional opinions expressed at our conferences and workshops, in our journals, and by our awards;
  2. by conducting a fair, open, and inclusive Board nominating process and seeking diversity in all elected and unelected leadership roles, including but not limited to AERE officers, board and committee members, conference organizers, and editors; 
  3. by adopting and enforcing a Code of Conduct that prohibits, any type of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment and racism; and 
  4. by maintaining a standing committee approved by the Board to foster equity, diversity, and inclusion in its sponsored professional activities and duties.

Questions or concerns may be referred to AERE Headquarters or to the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion