CSERGE-UCL was a research centre based in the Department
of Economics at UCL from 1991-2001. It was directed by the late Professor
David Pearce OBE, and had a broad
and influential programme of research on the economics of environmental
policy in both the developed and the developing world. The main focus of
attention was on the economic valuation of environmental assets and
services, the economic valuation of cultural assets, bio-economics - the
economics of biological diversity, the economics of water resources, and
the design of economic incentives for environmental management.
CSERGE-UCL was established as part of a joint research
venture between University College London and the University of East
Anglia, and was core-funded by ESRC with a major 10-year grant. With the
completion of the ERSC funding, CSERGE-UCL closed, and this site now
provides an archive of information on the research activities and
achievements of the centre.
The Economics Department at UCL continues to be
active in teaching and research in the field of Environmental and
Resource Economics. The Department offers a highly-regarded MSc programme
in Environmental and Resource Economics, founded in 1990 by Professor
David Pearce as the first advanced teaching programme of its kind in Europe.
This one-year programme provides high-level but practically-focused
economics training in environmental and resource economics, and graduates
of the programme today work as environmental economists in government
departments, environmental agencies, international organisations,
research institutes, consultancies and other organsiations
in many countries.