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Ohio State Ranked as a Top 10 Institution Working in Environmental and Ecological Economics

March 8, 2013

In a recent review analyzing the influence of articles, authors, journals and institutions in environmental and ecological economics, which was published in the journal Ecological Economics, The Ohio State University was cited as the eighth most influential institution in the world working in the field. Of particular importance, this ranking identified Ohio State as the second most influential academic institution, in the top ten with peer institutions such as the University of Maryland and the University of California at Berkeley.

This same study ranked AEDE’s Professor Elena Irwin as the 12th most influential author in the field, amongst a group of several hundred peers. Irwin was recognized for her research “The effects of open space on residential property values”, which was published in 2002 in the journal Land Economics, and which on average was cited 12 times per year from 2002 to 2009.

The study, conducted by a group of global researchers working in academia and the public sector, used data from Thomson Reuter's Web of Knowledge database to analyze 6,597 journal articles published between 2000 and 2009 to see the number of times they had been cited during the same time period.

The researchers note that they were interested in studying this topic as in the 21st century environmental and ecological economics has become an increasingly important field in both research and policy due to growing discussions around climate change, globalization, and renewable energy. Additionally, previous studies have not assessed the influence of individual authors or institutions working in the field, which this study was the first to do. The study is now the most up-to-date in the field as previous research only used data up to 2001.

To read the study in full, please see “Environmental and ecological economics in the 21st century: An age adjusted citation analysis of the influential articles, journals, authors and institutions” in the journal Ecological Economics.

Photo Credit: Ecological Economics

March 8, 2013