Your research project will be a central part of this course. It will be a way for you to put the ideas of environmental economics into practice.
I’d like to give you three options for your project:
- A traditional research paper, in which you analyze an environmental challenge, present the relevant theory associated with the problem, and propose a coherent policy solution. 10 or so pages; individual work
- A community-based project, in which you work with a partner – in and around Middlebury or beyond – to help them achieve an environmentally-related outcome. 20 or so pages, with supporting material; group work (up to four people.)
- A proposal for a real future project, in which you identify a problem, study social entrepreneurs and other who have taken on related problems in the past, and then propose a next set of steps for your team to actually take on the problem, in subsequent semesters. 20 or so pages, with supporting material; group work (up to four people.)
Some resources for this project include: