Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

This is a four-year research-based PhD program, with three possible areas of specialization:

  • Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Rural & Environmental Sociology
  • Forest Economics

Before beginning your application to the REES Doctor of Philosophy, please review the admission and program requirements.

Summary of Admission Requirements  Complete Program Requirements (PDF)

Funding Options

  • REES offers guaranteed funding of approximately $25,000/year
  • Selected excellent doctoral students can receive up to $37,500/year in funding


Areas of specialization 

Agricultural and Resource Economics

Agricultural economics is an applied field that typically explores issues related to agriculture, food production, and consumption. Resource economics seeks to understand the supply and demand of natural resources, their role in the economy, and how to manage them for long-term sustainability. These fields also make significant contributions to environmental issues.

REES research in this area focusses on resource, environment, and development economics; agriculture and food markets/policy; production economics and development; agricultural business; international agriculture; international development and trade.

Rural & Environmental Sociology

Join researchers in REES in examining wide-ranging, interdisciplinary and international issues such as international development, globalization, food security, climate change and gender. Specialize in one of two areas:

  • Rural sociology examines social structure and social change in rural areas, as well as issues such as food and agriculture, forestry, mining, and energy development.
  • Environmental sociology examines societal-environmental interactions, often focusing on environmental problems, environmental risk, environmental values, consumption, waste, and consumer behaviour.

Forest Economics

Forest economics focuses on public policy and regulatory issues in the forestry sector. It explores the roles of institutions and property rights in regulating the timber supply, and the provision, production, and trading of forest resources and products.

Participate in current research and learn from professors experienced in the sector, like Marty Luckert.