I am organizing a special issue at the journal Environmental and Resource Economics on the recent Dasgupta Review: The Economics of Biodiversity. Here are the details.


The UK HM Treasury recently published a review called The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/final-report-the-economics-of-biodiversity-the-dasgupta-review). The Review develops the economics of biodiversity on the understanding that we – and our economies – are ‘embedded’ within Nature, not external to it. The Review’s approach is based firmly in what we know from ecology about how ecosystems function, and how they are affected by economic activity.

While climate change is a topic that is extensively studied by environmental economists, it is also unfortunately true that environmental economists have largely ignored the topic of biodiversity. The hope is that the Dasgupta Review will be a true game changer and induce environmental economists to pay much more attention to biodiversity. 

In order to help focus attention on biodiversity, the journal Environmental and Resource Economics has decided to produce a special issue on biodiversity. This special issue is entitled The Economics of Biodiversity: Building on the Dasgupta Review. The goal of the special issue is to rigorously analyse and assess the Dasgupta Review and provide some first extensions. We want to help make the topic of biodiversity a mainstream issue for environmental economists and we believe that our special issue will play a fundamental role there. The special issue will consist of two parts – the first part is by invitation only and is a transdisciplinary one where researchers from both the environmental sciences, as well as economists, analyse, discuss and assess the Dasgupta Review. The second part provides extensions of the Dasgupta Review and further develops some of the ideas and problems that are brought to light in the review itself.   

Your contribution:

We invite submissions for contributions for the second part which provides extensions and further developments of the results in the Dasgupta Review. The focus will be on expanding empirical knowledge, theoretical knowledge, and policies, with a focus on the issues raised in the Dasgupta Review. The submission should fit in the theme of environmental and resource economics, with a focus on biodiversity.

Guest editor:

Ingmar Schumacher
IPAG Business School Paris, France


The deadline is 1st September 2021 for submissions, with papers receiving expedited review, and publication of the full special issue scheduled for early 2022.

How to submit:

Manuscripts should be original and written in English. Submission requires that the manuscript has not been submitted for review or publication elsewhere and that it will not be submitted elsewhere while the review process is underway. All papers go through peer review by at least two experts.

Papers should be submitted online via https://www.editorialmanager.com/eare. Please indicate that your manuscript belongs to the ‘Review of the Dasgupta Review’ special issue in the ‘Additional Information’ tab during the submission process.

Details about the preparation of the manuscript can be obtained from the journal’s webpage at https://www.springer.com/journal/10640/submission-guidelines.

If you have further questions don’t hesitate to contact me.