The Executive Committee of the EAERE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative (DEI) has been set up in 2023. Members of the Executive Committee will contribute to the definition of the Association’s strategy to secure progress in these topics, to build the Committee’s activity plan and explore fund-raising options. Members’ mandate will last from January 1st, 2023 until December 31st, 2028, and may be renewed.


In response to an increasing demand from EAERE members to initiate a pathway leading to a common understanding on how to make progress in diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and support initiatives aiming to eliminate impediments to create an inclusive environment in the economic profession, EAERE promotes an initiative on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) within the Association. This initiative will promote fora for discussions, informing and involving people, showcase data, mapping the main problems and identify goals with the final ambition of possibly proposing solutions.

In demonstration of its unwavering commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), EAERE has launched an initiative dedicated to these important issues. Our aim is to facilitate open discussion, raise awareness, and actively engage individuals in addressing DEI challenges within the academic community and with allied disciplines. We believe that these values are essential for our profession. This commitment to DEI will ensure that our community is diverse, equitable and inclusive and our research not only advances knowledge in our field, but also contributes to a more equitable and inclusive world order.

To realize our vision, the Executive Committee of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative (DEI) was established in 2023. This committee will design the Association’s strategy for progress in these areas, create an activity plan, and explore funding opportunities for its activities and initiatives. By focusing on strategy and planning, we aim to make meaningful and lasting changes in the way the field of environmental economics addresses DEI issues, setting a foundation for future efforts.

The commitment of our members and institutions to promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goes beyond mere administrative duties; it represents a heightened awareness and sensitiveness towards these critical issues within the field of environmental, development and resource economics research. DEI considerations should be regarded as the basis of professional conduct as well as an essential component of research, addressing instances where discrimination, equity, and inclusion factors come into play.

With this approach, the committee envisions a future where DEI is not merely a goal or a modus operandi but a guiding principle that shapes how EAERE members conduct their research. This ensures that our members’ work does not overlook instances of discrimination, equity concerns, or exclusion when they arise within study endeavors.

Furthermore, we aspire to develop a safe and inclusive space for open discussions, the sharing of ideas, and the development of projects aimed at combating discrimination and fostering a more inclusive environment within the field of environmental, development and resource economics. Our committee is committed to creating an atmosphere where all voices are heard, respected, and valued, and where innovative solutions to DEI challenges can flourish. By offering this platform, we seek to catalyse positive change and drive collective action toward a more equitable and sustainable future.

EAERE DEI Executive Committee

Ebun Akinsete Athena Research Center, ICRE8 / UN SDSN GREECE VICE-CHAIR
Denitsa Zhivkova Angelova University College London
Lory Barile University of Warwick
Maria Del Pilar Lopez Uribe Universidad de los Andes
Dafna Manuela Disegni Tel Hai College
Charlotte Gerling Brandenburg University of Technology
Vijaya Gupta National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai CO-CHAIR
Pamela Giselle Katic Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
Gunnar Kohlin Environment for Development Initiative, Gothenburg University
Vinay Kumar Central University of Jammu VICE-CHAIR
Nahid Masoudi Memorial University of Newfoundland
Massimiliano Mazzanti University of Ferrara CO-CHAIR
Lea Nicita CMCC and University of Catania
Ruslana Rachel Palatnik University of Haifa
Maria Laura Parisi Università di Brescia
Ana Pego NOVA University of Lisbon FUNDRAISER
Soheil Shayegh RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment


Online Open Discussion: Gender and its Representation in the Professional World
27 April 2023, Online

The EAERE DEI executive committee held and online interactive session on Gender so as to bring forward issues and concerns in the context of day to day working life; both on an individual and collective level. The goal of the session was to understand and find hidden causes to be addressed as well as to promote greater inclusivity and equity with respect to gender. Participants were invited to share their views and perceptions on these issues, so as to build on them in future deliberations and provide a first step towards concrete pathways which the committee is keen to develop.

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DEI Session at EAERE 2023 Cyprus
Inclusion and Diversity from different dimensions – Gender, Ethnicity, Geography and Sexual Orientation
29 June 2023

Gender and diversity have been discussed and deliberated time and again in our modern and postmodern discourses but the idea of diversity and inclusiveness in our mainstream professional circles is still a distant dream. The DEI committee in order to break the ice and bring the burning issues on the front has taken an initiative and attempt to make our world more inclusive to build a better social order. In this session we will discuss the extensive literature on Inclusion and Diversity in the field of environmental and resource economics.

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Although DEI Initiative has not been conceived to collect complaints, uncomfortable situations that our members may experience will be taken into consideration to shape our future activities within the initiative itself.