Scientific partners

U_Southern_Denmark_logo University of Southern Denmark, Management and Economics of Resources and the Environment (MERE) group, SEBE


The research group is part of Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics which is a broad social science department with research in environmental and resource economics, business and sports economics and management and rural and cultural sociology. The department also houses the Energy Management Center and the Center for Rural Land Studies. The Management and Economics of Resources and the Environment (MERE) group consists of ~10 researchers, investigating topics in environmental and natural resource economics. The group puts specific emphasis on economic uses of the interlinked biosphere and biophysical systems. Applications focus on ecosystem conservation and use; marine resource use and conservation; energy transitions; climate regulation; and intersections of technology, trade and development relating to these issues.  These are all components in the broad societal drive for sustainable development. We use economic tools to untangle the web of interacting, multidimensional environmental and resource risks, needs and impacts on ecosystems and ecosystem services from human activity (incentives, history) and its organization in the forms of its institutions, norms, and regulations.

The group maintains a blog pertaining to management and economics of resources and the environment at

Attached to the research is Centre of Fisheries & Aquaculture Management & Economics, a research school arranging workshops and PhD courses.

Contact: Prof. Brooks Kaiser

CURRENT PROJECTS Start Date End Date Description or URL
Marine Resource Governance in the Arctic
In this project, we develop bio-economic and game theoretic tools to generate improved marine resource governance strategies that preserve and enhance total economic value of marine resources in the Arctic. These strategies aim to avoid biodiversity losses, reductions in Arctic Ocean productivity, and other ecosystem losses from climate change.
Sustainable Management of Phosphorous in a Circular Economy
Nutrient flow plays a crucial role in marine ecosystems and nutrients are revealed as the currency in ecological economic models for Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management.
Technical Change in Fisheries
This project reviews the recent research and development in technology that have occurred in fisheries. New policy implications of introducing technical change into the standard bioeconomic model are studied. Bycatch saving technical change is critical to bycatch reduction and ecosystem based fisheries management, and optimal policies cost-effectively reduce bycatch, create incentives to induce bycatch saving technical change, and establish technology policy for research and development.