The Resourceful collaboration is a network in the making between the University of Oslo and top Universities in the United States and Japan to cooperate on research and teaching in environmental and resource economics and policy. Our partners are located at the Universities of California, Berkeley, Colorado, Miami, Kyoto, Chiba, and Waseda. This year, we added the Universtiy of Kobe in Japan to the network. Our research cooperation focuses on resource use and environmental conservation. It explore the tight links between resource extraction and environmental repercussions, and develop modern approaches to design international cooperation and environmental policy. As a result of the pandemic, we had to postpone this years mutual visits with our partner institutions. Virtual collaboration continued on two of the ongoing research projects, one with partner in the US and one with partners in Japan. Other activities had been postponed and we plan to reinitiate visits with a research retreat involving several of our partners in the US later this year (Nov/Dec 2022) and hope that the pandemic will allow us to finally carry out our return visit to our partners in Japan in the coming spring.
The network will cooperate on research, course design, and teaching in the fields of environmental and resource economics and international cooperation. INPART enables several short and extended visits over its three year duration between UiO and three network members in the US (UC Berkeley, Colorado State University, and University of Miami) and three members in Japan (Waseda University, Chiba University, and the University of Kyoto). These visits develop and carry out lasting research cooperations between experts in the field and cooperate on course design and teaching. All participating institutions offer courses in Environmental and Resource Economics and we jointly decided to overhaul our corresponding Master (focal point) and PhD programs. For this purpose, we cooperate on course design by jointly rethinking topical and methodological selections, material presentation and teaching methods, and creating and introducing new material.
We will visit and co-teach each other’s classes, give feedback, and discuss our experiences. Over the course of INPART we will substantially revise our Master classes, carefully rethinking the needs of our diverse set of students. We will equip our students with the knowledge, skills, methods, and autarky required to face the challenges in today’s jobs in the field. In our network, we will experience a variety of international perspectives on resource use and environmental conservation across a diverse set of (in particular US-) states and countries. These experiences will allow us to prepare our students with an internationally balanced view on the increasingly transnational problems in environmental and resource economics, in theory and practice. Our exchanges will explore fields of joint research, foster collaborations on research articles and policy projects, and connect researchers between UiO and the host institutions, establishing long-lasting collaborations across the three participating countries.