The external seminar at La Trobe

I got a chance to meet Dr Eric Nævdal (Princeton Uni and FRISCH Centre) in a talk on “Climate change, catastrophic risk and the pure rate of time preference” yesterday at La Trobe Uni. Well, I can say that he was not a great presenter, but an excellent researcher in all senses. Moreover, his spirit has inspired me a lot in this hard time. Let’s recap several key points here, they might work with some of you too.

An impressive metaphor when he compared the world and climate change thresholds to a person running to the edge of a cliff. The faster he runs, the more money he will get paid, but the higher possibility that he will fall (“turn over” was actually the word he used). The idea is simple but his model is so complicated that I could not fully understand without reviewing “Hazard rate” and “Optimal control models”. Then the message conveyed is different discount rate could change your decision on when to stop and the benefit you have. Reversely, if you know where the cliff is (know time t), the discount rate turns out not really matter anymore. Basically, those are all key points I found interesting in the 1 hour talk 🙂

An inspiration when he said if you feel PhD is easy then perhaps you should not do PhD, or you have chosen a wrong school.

A surprised moment (well, for me only) when he and Liam talked about how to get to external seminars like this. Literally, just email the seminar organizers and if you happen to be somewhere near, they will happy to pay for your fare. It’s a good way to extend your trip and at the same time spread out your research result.

And an admiring feeling from everyone when he shared his passion of doing research. Not polished but realistic, not many words but fast thinking and great word choice.

He said, to be a professor at Princeton, you have to be a super freaking genius but to be a lecturer there, you could be just good at your field. But I find that he is on the way to the genius.

Well, perhaps I should at least keep going up 🙂

P/S: Journal of Environmental Economics and Management is a tough one but great to light your profile up in searching for job

Books for library

Last month I was requested to suggest some “cutting edge” books to the library of National Economics University in Ha Noi. Well, I didn’t prepare for that so just could come up with several fine one. Today I’ve found another but the deathline is past. So let’s save it here in case there is another chance.

1/ Risk and Precaution By Alan Randall (2011)

2/Economics by Michael Parkin (10th Ed 2011). Compulsory for Master of economics.

3/ The Academic Job Search Handbook by Mary Morris Heiberger and Julia Miller Vick. A similar but much shorter one is here.

4/ Source of ebook in Vietnamese is here.

5/ Climate Economics: Economic Analysis of Climate, Climate Change and Climate Policy by Richard Pol

Cutting edge conferences on climate change

It would be a big mistake if I don’t archive some recent conferences here. Indeed, the science of climate change is so new that we could consider conference papers as a main source of reference. This list is updated on a continual basis.

Firstly, pages help update conference lists: AEAEEPSEABioecon, UNEP

Secondly, conferences that I attempt to go

16 and 17 June 2011: Climate Economics and Law Conference, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.

12-14 July 2011: Four degrees or more, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia. (Videos are available)

9-12 July 2012: 2012 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (I was late for this one so please remind me next year).

18th June 2013: World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling (Deadline: April 15th 2013)

18-20 March 2013: 1st European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (Deadline 1rd 2013)

December: Annual PhD Conference in Economics and Business at The University of Western Australia’s Business School

5th June 2013: International Conference on Strategic Infrastructure Asset Management for Urban Deltas in Sydney (Deadline: 20 Feb 2013). Paper Formatting Guidelines

July 2013: ACE in Perth (Deadline 30 April 2013)

July 2013: EAERE Feem Summer School

November 2013: PhD conference at ANU

4 Feb 2014: AARES 2014  (Closing date for submission of papers and posters 14 Oct 2013)

The Pacific Trade and Development Conference (PAFTAD) (every 12-18 months)

24-26 September 2014: Deltas in Times of Climate Change II (deadline 15 March).

IRDR conferences 2014 I should not miss it next year. Anw, there are plenty of information on jobs, research and conferences on the webpage.

17th Annual BIOECON Conference Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability (Deadline 22rd May)

20 July 2015: Summer Academy on Economic Growth and Governance of Natural Resources – Moscow (Deadline 1stApril)

02-20 Nov 2015, EEPSEA’s three-week intensive course in environmental and resource economics (Deadline 15 Aug)




UNESCO Fellowship. Aim at one like this

ANU Post-doc and Uni jobs

2015 Fulbright for lecturers (Deadline 15 Oct)

What we planed to do and what we have done

I don’t need to say anything about the difference, you all have yourself plenty of examples. Just want to show this photo as an impressive and humorous way to address that. Perhaps I will use it in my coming presentation.

100 million trees were to be planted in Indonesia under an Australian carbon-reduction scheme. Five years on, only 50,000 seedlings are in the ground.