In "Vision 2030" (published in July 2019) the Nordic prime ministers stress that sustainable development is possible: "We can change our lifestyles, production methods and patterns of consumption, balance out the use and protection of natural resources on land and at sea, and achieve sustainable development for the future". The European Commission says of its new Green Deal: "It is a new growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use". Experience shows that it is possible to decouple material growth from the use of resources, climate emissions and environmental impact, and that it makes a significant difference. The underlying and sometimes unspoken assumption is that the decoupling may be so radical at macro level that strong economic growth will be compatible with zero emissions, halting the loss of biodiversity, etc. – in short, ecologically sustainable development.
The underlying assumption must not be taken for granted. The project must address the theme of radical decoupling and the problems associated with it. The project must shed light on the question of what type and level of economic growth is possible and desirable within the frameworks set by nature. The project must review and compare existing analyses, and illustrate the key factors that would lead to different conclusions. The project must consist of a literature review and comparison of works and analyses related to the climate/environment and nature, as well as analyses of "green growth" to "degrowth", in other words analyses that are optimistic about economic growth and others that are more agnostic or pessimistic. The literature reviewed must approach the problem from an analytical perspective, e.g. by containing economic models or in some other way basing the economic arguments on analyses of the technological, financial and natural-science context. The review should specify which differences in preconditions and/or methodology result in different analyses and conclusions. The review must be relevant to the Nordic countries by restricting the publications to ones covering advanced market economies. The work must, of course, refer to one or more of the Nordic countries, but the publications can also have a global or European perspective or some other perspective that is relevant to the Nordic countries (and regions) in some way or another.
One important aim of the project is to provide as comprehensive an overview of the relevant literature as possible. Relevance in this context includes relevance to the Nordic countries.
The budget for the project is DKK 400,000 (incl. VAT). This includes standard project expenses as well as travel and communications.
Applications must be submitted to NME by 22 April 2020. All documents must be submitted by this deadline. Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. A decision will be made in May and all applicants will be informed of it. Dates for interim and final reports will be set in the project contract.
Applications must be e-mailed to Lotte Eklund. You may use either language version of the project description/application form and compulsory budget outline.
Use the file below to find the application form.
Any CVs should be sent jointly in a single and separate file, but otherwise applicants may attach additional appendices (maximum of 10-15 A4 pages) explaining in further detail any factors that we should consider in our assessment, for example:
- the structure and planning of the work, including methodology and how relevant data will be collected and processed
- the timetable
- the allocation of responsibilities and time, general competencies and qualifications of those managing and involved in the project
- the applicant’s previous experience in the area
- the Nordic contacts and networks that will be used in the project and fluency in the Nordic languages
- the expenditure for the proposed project period, including hourly rates and other expenses
- the communications plan for the project.
NME will select the project based on their assessments of the applications. NME reserves the right to reject all applications.
See appendix: “Utlysningstext_Gronomstallning_LONG" (in Swedish) for further information regarding project content and funding requirements.