Student Paper and Poster Prize Winners

Best Student Paper Prize

At every ESEE  conference, a prize for the Best Student Paper (BSP) is presented. The key objective is to motivate and enhance opportunities for PhD students to publish, to advertise high quality student research within ESEE, and to increase the participation and visibility of students within ESEE.

The ESEE 2015 Best Student Paper prize was awarded jointly to Andrea Cardoso Diaz, “Behind the life cycle of coal: Socio-environmental liabilities of coal mining in Cesar, Colombia”, and Nils Droste, “Ecological Fiscal Transfers in Brazil – incentivizing or compensating conservation?”.

Each Best Student Paper prize winner receives:

  • A £100 gift voucher from Wiley
  • A 50% reduction on the entrance fee for the ESEE 2017 conference
  • An exposé in the ESEE newsletter and on the ESEE website
  • A refereeing process that will lead to at least an “accepted with major revisions” publication status in “Environmental Policy and Governance”(but not necessarily in the EPG Special ESEE Conference Issue).

Best Poster Prize

The conference committee also awarded a prize for the Best Poster presented at the conference. The Best Poster prize was awarded to Christian Klippert for his poster titled “Ecological-economic modelling: an attempt at classification”.

The Best Poster prize includes:

  • A certificate from ESEE
  • A 50% reduction on the entrance fee for the ESEE 2017 conference
  • The opportunity to present the research at the final conference plenary

Previous Best Student Paper prize winners

2013: Stefano Carattini, “Unconventional Determinants of Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Role of Trust” and Kristofer Dittmer “Local currencies for purposive de-growth? A quality check of some proposals for changing money-as-usual”.

2011: Jasper Kenter, “The importance of deliberation in valuing ecosystem services in developing countries – Evidence from the Solomon Islands”

2009: Arnim Scheides “Diet, trade, and land use. The social ecology of the food system. Case study olive oil” and Catherine Jolibert “Need assessment in multi-level governance: A tool for environmental conflict?”

2007: Claudio Cattaneo “integrated assessment of a local squatting community”

Best Student Paper prize organisation and evaluation

The Best Student Paper prize is assigned by the ESEE Board represented by the Best Student Prize (BSP) jury, composed of ESEE Board members and ESEE conference organising committee members.

Full papers are submitted through the regular conference submission process and forwarded by the conference organisers to the BSP jury at least 2 months prior to the conference. The prize is presented during the conference dinner or the ESEE ordinary general meeting.

The assessment process is based on full papers. The assessment is based on standard reviewing criteria: (1) originality, (2) scientific quality, (3) relevance to ecological economics, (4) clarity and flair of writing, (5) compliance with BSP formal application criteria.

Each manuscript is assigned by the chair to two jury members for review, who independently, qualitatively rate a paper on the following scale: inadequate – adequate – good – very good – outstanding; for each of the five points above. Evaluation of oral presentations at the conference may be used to verify the contribution of the applicant in case there are multiple authors and questions around the applicant’s contribution.

If a large number of papers are submitted, the chair may divide the jury in subgroups, which each nominate a selection of papers for final consideration by the prize jury as a whole.  The BSP jury finalises its selection at a meeting in person during the conference. If no consensus can be reached, the prize may be awarded by majority vote or may be shared.

Best Poster Prize organisation and evaluation

Each poster presented at the conference was automatically entered in the Poster Competition. Posters were assessed for their scientific novelty, potential impact and communicative value by popular vote and the best poster selected for a prize. The popular vote took place via the Conference App, allowing all conference participant to vote for his/her favourite poster.