Analysing the environmental implications of increasing biomass production in Swedish agricultural land
The overriding aim of this project is to analyse the economic and environmental trade-offs of policy interventions to promote the use of agricultural land for producing biomass to reduce the use of fossil-based fuels. Specifically the aims of the PhD project are to:
I. Develop models that predict the impacts of intensifying agricultural production on biodiversity, eutrophication and carbon sequestration.
II. Evaluate the trade-offs that exist between increasing biomass production and other societal goals, specifically; conservation of biodiversity, and mitigation of GHG emissions and eutrophication.
III. Develop models that can optimize policy instruments for balancing economic and environmental trade-offs for both farmers and society.
The PhD will investigate several important environmental issues from a societal perspective but at the same time model decisions by farmers on their use of agricultural land, and generate findings relevant for sustainable development and formulating policy.