Autumn semester 2018

Environmental governance in the Arctic: Policy processes and the economic dimension

Education building. Greenland Institute of Natural Resources / Greenland University, Nuuk

This course gives you knowledge which can be used to analyze policy processes and policy instruments within environmental governance in Greenland and Denmark. As part of this, you will learn the basic principles and problems within environmental economics. The theoretical parts will be illustrated with case material relevant for Greenland and interactions with local stakeholders in Greenland.


Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Nuuk, Greenland

Level of course: For both PhD and master students. 10 ECTS.

Time of year: Week 39-42, 2018  and take-home-assignment in the week after course ends.

Learning outcomes and competences:

After completing the course the aim is that the participant will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the difference between environmental problems and other types of political problems, and assess how different stakeholders can be classified.
  • Describe and discuss the formal decision making in EU and at national/local level in Greenland and Denmark, and assess the implications for solving environmental problems.
  • Identify and discuss problems in international decision-making and use it to analyse specific cases.
  • Synthesize an assessment framework for implementation problems and apply the framework to analyse specific implementation problems within environmental governance.
  • Describe and discuss theories about policy instruments, compare  advantages and disadvantages of different types of policy instruments and explain choice of cost-effective instruments. Assess which instruments are optimal for solving which environmental problems in given cases.
  • Describe and compare theories about determinants of target group motivation and behavior and select and apply these theories to analysis of specific  cases.
  • Describe and discuss theories about different types of power and apply them  to analyse power in specific situations within environmental governance. As part of this, assess strategies of NGO’s and other stakeholders to increase influence on environmental governance.
  • Describe and discuss the general economic problems regarding prioritisation and regulation of nature and environmental resources, including the ecological and economic principles for a sustainable management of renewable resources.
  • Describe and discuss the most common economic valuation methods for valuing natural resources and ecosystem services. Explain where these valuation methods can be applied and discuss the limitations of the methods.
  • Apply and discuss Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) and cost-effectiveness analysis for selected environmental policy initiatives and describe how policy instruments can be evaluated.



Deadline for registration: August 15 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Anders Branth Pedersen (