Scientific partners

U_Southern_Denmark_logo University of Southern Denmark Department of Environmental and Business Economics
Research group on Management and Economics of Resources and the Environment (MERE)


The research group is part of Department of 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 cultural sociology. The research group MERE employs 10-15 researchers who currently focus on five themes: Regulation theory, Pollution and resource scarcity, Integrated modeling, Risk analysis and Ecosystem based management. The basis for the research is that analysis of environmental and resource problems involve considerable theoretical challenges and complex causal relationships: Lack of property rights, many conflicting interests and uncertainty. The environment and natural resources are public goods and the point of departure for analysis of utilization of these goods and services are applied microeconomics and modeling.

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.