June 2019 Newsletter
Department of Resource Economics and
Environmental Sociology
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Oh FUD! 
Dr. Ellen Goddard talks about the new anti-farm marketing strategy, and Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD), in today's food branding. Read here...
Space and the City
Our buidlings, our neighborhoods, and the grasslands they have been built on...
Dr. Brent Swallow and REES MAg student, Yangzhe Cao, in New Trail Magazine. Read here...
Farmers adapting for "weather variability" not climate change.
Dr. Debra Davidson on climate change, and support for mitigation strategies. Read more...
Congratulations REES!
Dr. Henry An and Dr. Mohammad Torshizi received funding from the Alberta Wheat Commission and the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission to research Factors Influencing Wheat Variety Adoption Decisions in Canadian Prairies.

Dr. Debra Davidson’s project on the Advancing Impact Assessment for Canada’s Socio-Ecological Systems will develop into a SSHRC Partnership Development proposal in the fall with the support of the UofA Office of Vice-President (Research).

SAS funding has been awarded to Dr. Bruno Wichmann and Dr. Maik Kecinski to purchase infrastructure for the REES Experimental Laboratory. Dr. Brent Swallow received a SAS award to develop his project on Governance Frameworks for the Opening and Sharing of Natural Resource Knowledge: Comparison of Forestry and Wetlands in Finland and Western Canada.

The submission to the Killam Cornerstone grant by Dr. Maik Kecinski and Dr. Vic Adamowicz has been successful and will focus on The Impacts of Climate Change Risk on Reciprocity in Public Goods Games.
This Fall's visiting speakers.
From left to right, Xuejuan Su, Carolyn Fischer
Each Visiting Academic will be participating in our Department Seminar Series. 
Seminars & Lectures
September 20, 2019

October 4, 2019

November 14, 2019
Department Seminar by Carolyn Fischer, Professor, School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Department Seminar by Xuejuan Su, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Alberta

Brown Bag Presentation by James Rude, Associate Professor, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta

More TBA! Please check here for updates...

All seminars and Brown Bags will take place at 3:30pm in GSB 550.
Left: REES Experimental Lab, up and running.
Right: Department slo-pitch softball game in May, where the faculty defeated the students!
Presentations & Seminars: 
Dr. Sandeep Mohapatra, Dr. Philippe Marcoul, and REES Graduate students, Monica Shandal and Ashley Sarauer gave presentations at the 53rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA), May 31st - June 2nd, at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity!:

Dr. Sandeep Mohapatra presented his paper on "The Devil's in the Tails: A New Approach for Identifying Poverty Traps"

Dr. Philippe Marcoul presented his paper on "Informational Fishing Equilibrium and Cooperation"

Graduate student, Monica Shandal, presented the first paper of her MSc thesis: "The Causal Effect of Public Infrastructure on Women's Empowerment in Rural Communities of India: A Fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Design".  

Conference session: Gender

Graduate student, Ashley Sarauer, presented a paper from her MSc thesis: "The role of innovation in economic and environmental performance: A spatial dynamic panel analysis of industrial facilities in Canada"

Conference session:  Canadian Issues - Energy and Environment  

Dr. Ellen Goddard, Dr. Henry An, and Dr. Xiaoli Fan presented at the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR) annual conference in Ravello, Italy, June 4th-7th. 

Dr. Ellen Goddard presented on "How Trust in Government Regulation Increases Interest in Foods Produced with Biotechnology"

Dr. Xiaoli Fan presented on "Consumer Acceptance of Genetically Engineered Food in Canada: The Role of Fairness"

Dr. Henry An presented on "Strategic Behavior in Stated Preferences and the Demand for Gene-edited Canola Oil"


Dr. Ellen Goddard and Dr. Peter Boxall were named CAES Fellows in recognition of their lifetime of commitment to the advancement of food, agricultural or resource economics. They will be awarded the title of CAES Fellow during the Annual Awards Banquet on July 10, 2019 at the Lord Elgin, Ottawa.

Dr. Vic Adamowicz was named AERE Fellow! Awarded at the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) summer meeting, May 2019, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. 
Dr. Debra Davidson was awarded the 2019-2020 Killam Annual Professorship in recognition of her outstanding contributions to scholarship and to the University community!

Workshops and Events...
Tracking Change was invited to the United Nations Global Knowledge Symposium in New York, in April. Indigenous Chiefs, elders, and REES students gave powerful presentations on local and traditional knowledge of Indigenous communities. 

REES Graduate student, Chelsea Martin, presents her research on climate change and fishing livelihoods at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPII). 
Dr. John Parkins and Dr. Peter Boxall hosted a 2 day workshop with Alberta Government staff on tools for public involvement in resource management. 

Dr. Debra Davidson and Dr. Ian Stewart (pictured right), from University of King's College, hosted an Interdisciplinary Symposium on Advancing Impact Assessment in Canada's Natural Resource Sectors, June 18th, 2019. 


Dr. Debra Davidson and colleagues in a citizens' panel on Sustainable Development Goals in the 2019 Alberta Election. 
Saying farewell to our REES academics, Dr. Naomi Krogman and Dr. Maik Kecinski, as they embark on new adventures!

Naomi will be Simon Fraser University’s next Dean in the Faculty of Environment. Maik will be taking on the role of Assistant Professor at University of Delaware's Department of Applied Economics and Statistics.
Goodbye Maik and Naomi...
June 4th convocation- congratulations to our graduates!
Goodbye and good luck to our graduates!

Arlana Bennett, MSc
Stephanie Budynski, MSc
Amabel D'Souza, MSc
Geoffrey Durocher, MSc
Zhaochao (Liam) Lin, MSc
Chelsea Martin, MSc
Roxana Zambrana, MSc
Congratulations to the students who defended their theses!

February 6, 2019 - 
Chelsea Martin, MSc
April 25, 2019 - Grant Bruno, MSc
April 26, 2019 - Shaoyan (Sally) Sun, PhD
June 12, 2019 - Shannon Allen, PhD

Graduate students, Zhaochao (Liam) Lin, Roxana Zambrano, and Anna Kauffman, with supervisor Dr. Peter Boxall.
Congratulations REES students!

Apryl Bergstrom received the 2019 Graduate Student Teaching Award for REES!

Shuo Wang won the Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA) Outstanding Master's Thesis Award! Supervised by Dr. Henry An, Dr. James Rude, and Dr. Barb Thomas of Renewable Resources.  

Following the completion of his Master's Degree, Geoffrey Durocher started a new job in May, with the Alberta Government's Treasury Board and Finance, as a tax policy analyst.
Makenzie Mackay (far right), placed second in UAlberta's 3 Minute Thesis finals, for her research on "Powering the Top of the World". Makenzie's presentation dives into the importance of developing local energy sources that are reliable and low cost, without disrupting traditions of the Inuvialuit communities in the Beaufort Delta of the Northwest Territories. Congratulations Makenzie!

Congrats to Zhanji Zhang - winner of the three minute pitch competition at the Future Energy Systems student and post-doctoral colloquium! Zhanji presented on "Economic incentives for land reclamation: evidence from the oil-sands industry in Alberta". Read more here

The CAES Outstanding Master's Thesis Award went to Yangzhe Cao, for her work on "Identifying the Impacts of a Land Use Policy: A Case Study of Okotoks"! Supervised by Dr. Brent Swallow and Dr. Feng Qiu. Congratulations Yangzhe! Read more here

Yicong Luo, presenting at the Environmental Studies Association of Canada conference in Vancouver, in June. 
Left, Congrats to Daniel Schiffner and his wife, Abby, as they welcomed baby Astrid Mae Schiffner into the world on May 15... 
Right, REES alumni, Claire Doll and Curtis Rollins, eloped in February, in Las Vegas! 
September 13, 2019

3:00pm - 7:00pm

3 Minute Thesis Competition & Awards Ceremony
Details for all events are posted on our Department website at For further information, please contact Elizabeth Ho at:
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