Cities are centres of economic growth and play an important role in providing social and economic opportunities for urban communities. As urbanisation and associated demand increases, global societies are challenged by equitable and sustainable development. This is a particular challenge in a developing nation like South Africa. Environmental economics involves the study of the economic and financial value of the environment and conservation.
Environmental economists work mainly in an office environment and could also spend some time in client environments such as landfill sites, for example when consulting and advising stakeholders.
Environmental economists require a comprehensive knowledge of economic trends, patterns, practices and policies related to environmental concerns, and will also benefit from:
Research impacts of environmental conservation initiatives and projects
Monitor and analyse market and environmental trends.
Develop costing models and make recommendations for environmental policy and plans
Advise and provide reports to policymakers, industry and other stakeholders
B.Com., B.Com. (Hons), M.Com. in Economics at all universities
B.Econ., B.Econ. (Hons), M.Econ. at RU and UWC
B.A., B.A. (Hons), M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at SU, UJ, and UNISA
National, provincial and local government.
Financial and banking institutions.
NGOs, community-based and development organisations and private consultancies.