Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology

Seminars and Brown Bags

The exchange of intellectual ideas and challenges through a seminar series is a strong asset to the development of state-of-the-art research. The Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology (REES) Seminar Series brings together some of the experts in agricultural, resource, and environmental economics, as well as the sociology of environment, food, and natural resources. We will be having regular seminars throughout the Fall and Winter semesters.

Brown Bag workshops are generally held on Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Seminars are generally held on Fridays from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. All seminars and lectures take place in Room 550 General Services Building.

For seminar inquiries, please contact Scientific Coordinators: Philippe Marcoul ( or Debra Davidson (
For administrative inquiries, please contact: Elizabeth Ho (

Upcoming Workshops 

November 14, 2019 - Brown Bag by James Rude (Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, UAlberta), "The (uncertain?) Future of Canadian Supply Management in Dairy and Poultry Product: A Recent Assessment"

October 4, 2019 – Department Seminar by Xuejuan Su (Department of Economics, UAlberta), “How Much are Good Schools Worth? Evidence from School Acquisitions in Beijing”

September 20, 2019 – Department Seminar by Carolyn Fischer (Department of Economics, University of Ottawa), Title TBA…

June 13, 2019
- Brown Bag by Nurit Bensusan, Biologist and Forester, Instituto Socioambiental, "Traditional Knowledge as a Tracking Tool of Change: The Xingu Basin Case, in Brazilian Amazon".

May 24, 2019 - Department Seminar by Philippe Marcoul, Associate Professor, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, UAlberta, "Fishing Informational Equilibrium"

May 17, 2019 – Department Seminar by Gwendolyn Blue, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Calgary, “Contending with the Social, Cultural and Democratic Implications of Emerging Genomics Technologies in the Forest Sector”

May 3, 2019 – Department Seminar by Tilman Klumpp, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Alberta,  "The Voting Rights of Ex-Felons and Election Outcomes in the United States"

April 26, 2019 – Department Seminar by Ricky Volpe, Assistant Professor, Agribusiness Department, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, California Polytechnic State University, "The Impact of Volatile Fuel Prices on Produce Purchases among U.S. Households".

April 18, 2019 – Brown Bag by Kim Tallbear, Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies, UAlberta, "Decolonizing Science and Technology"

April 11, 2019 – Brown Bag by Vic Adamowicz (Professor and Vice Dean, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, Faculty of Agricultural Life and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta), “Risk Perception, Learning and Parents’ Willingness to Pay to Reduce Heart Disease Risks”

April 4, 2019 - Brown Bag By Peter Boxall, Chair and Professor, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta," Economic Compensation for Loss of Metis Cultural Heritage: A professorial view from the consulting trenches"

March 29, 2019- Seminar by Pierre Mérel, Professor, Faculty of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis,  "How big is the ‘lemons’ problem? Historical evidence from French appellation wines".

March 15, 2019– Department Seminar by Gunnar Breustedt,Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany."Using Choice Experiments to Improve the Design of Agri-Environmental Schemes"

March 1, 2019 – Department Seminar by Frederik Noack, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia, "The Contrasting Effects of Farm Size on Farm Incomes and Food Production"