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Call for Co-Editor of Agricultural Economics

In 2015, after 9 years of service, Gerald Shively will step down as co-editor of IAAE’s journal Agricultural Economics. Awudu Abdulai will continue to serve in that capacity through 2018. Under their leadership, the journal has risen steadily in status and number of submissions.

The IAAE Board is now seeking formal expressions from individuals who would like to join Awudu as a co-editor, to serve a 6-year term beginning in 2015. Members are invited to contact President Jo Swinnen, Co-Editors Jerry Shively and Awudu Abdulai, or Secretary-Treasurer Walt Armbruster for more information.

The application should be brief. It should set out experience which illustrates qualifications for the job, highlight main areas of expertise, and provide a statement indicating editorial philosophy for Agricultural Economics. A curriculum vita should be attached. Potential editors should also indicate what, if any, support they might be able to obtain from colleagues and the institution in which they work. IAAE offers a support package to the Editor, which will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Send expressions of interest to IAAE ( by June 30, 2014. Selection will be made by the IAAE Board at its August 2014 meeting, and the appointment will be effective July 1, 2015.

Call for IAAE Secretary-Treasurer

Walt Armbruster plans to continue to serve as IAAE Secretary-Treasurer until the August, 2014 IAAE Board meeting, at which he will officially resign. At that time, the Board will appoint someone to fulfill Walt’s unexpired term, which ends at the conclusion of the 2015 International Conference of Agricultural Economists (ICAE).

Any IAAE member interested in serving as Secretary-Treasurer should submit an application, including a 300-500 word statement of their perspective on future opportunities and directions for the IAAE, by June 30, 2014 to A curriculum vita should be attached. A decision to appoint a replacement for Walt will be made by the Board at its August, 2014 meeting. Subsequently, the IAAE Nominating Committee will include the appointed Secretary-Treasurer in its report to the Board on candidates for election to the Board for a three year term for vote by the members in early 2015. The Secretary-Treasurer may subsequently be nominated for successive 3-year terms.

From September 2014, Walt will continue as a consultant to IAAE through December 31, 2015 to work with the new Secretary-Treasurer to assure a smooth transition and complete follow up payments to grantees, reports to funders about grants made, and to wrap up other details associated with the 2015 ICAE.

The roles and duties of the Secretary-Treasurer are defined in the International Association of Agricultural Economists, Inc. Bylaws of 9-30-2013, Section 7.2.3:

Secretary/Treasurer. The Secretary/Treasurer or their designee shall record the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee in one or more books provided for that purpose; see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws or as required by the law; be custodian of the corporate records; and perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary/Treasurer.  The Secretary/Treasurer shall also have supervision through the Office of the Executive Director of all monies, securities and other valuable properties of the Corporation and shall oversee accurate accounts of the receipts and disbursements of the Corporation in books belonging to it.  The Secretary/Treasurer shall ensure that all monies and other valuable effects are deposited in the name and to the credit of the Corporation in such accounts and in such depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors.  The Secretary/Treasurer shall check monthly the disbursements of funds of the Corporation in accordance with authority of the Board of Directors.  The Secretary/Treasurer shall render to the President and the Board of Directors whenever requested or otherwise required, a written detailed account of the transactions and of the financial condition of the Corporation, including a statement of all its assets, liabilities, and financial transactions.  The Secretary/Treasurer shall perform such other duties as the Board of Directors, through the President, direct, and such other duties as usually pertain to the office of Secretary/Treasurer.”

In practice, the Secretary-Treasurer provides continuity as the other Board members rotate every three years; manages daily IAAE operations in collaboration with Executive Director, Inc., which maintains the membership database and the IAAE website, and provides financial services; oversees IAAE’s fiduciary responsibilities; manages official communications, contracts and memoranda of understanding with local hosts of the triennial ICAE and inter-conference symposia; coordinates funding solicitation and subsequent reporting to funders through the Fund for the ICAE to support developing country participation in the ICAE; organizes the annual IAAE Board meetings in conjunction with the President; initiates communications to members; and manages other items requiring IAAE attention.

For further information, contact President Jo Swinnen ( or Walt Armbruster (

Call for Papers: Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research

Aims and Scope
The Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research addresses a broad range of natural resource fields including implications and perspectives of natural resource allocation, planning and management. The editors are looking for papers based on original research focusing on policy, water, minerals, energy, fisheries and forestry in a synthesizing fashion, rather than stand-alone specialty areas. The journal also publishes papers on the natural resource implications of climate change, natural disasters and biodiversity loss, among others.

Suggested Topics
A sampling of suggested topics follows:

  1. Natural resource policy broadly defined - scope and dimensions
  2. Holistic vs. sector-specific approach
  3. Policy framework - components, sequencing, linkages, integration, robustness
  4. Conceptual/theoretical paradigms - rationale and evolutionary perspectives
  5. Country studies, case studies, case histories, survey papers
  6. Natural resource policy modeling
  7. Natural resource institutions - design and implementation
  8. Natural resource policy crafting - ownership, allocation, planning, development, markets and pricing, conservation
  9. Natural resources and political externalities; public choice and rent-seeking
  10. Natural resource use and environmental quality
  11. Public-private partnership issues
  12. Natural resources and institutional entropy
  13. Transboundary, transnational and transgenic resources
  14. Natural resource policy - efficiency, equity and sustainability
  15. Trigger issues - climate change, natural disasters, human disasters, deforestation, endangered species, invasive species and environmental pollution

Special Issue Proposals
The journal is also looking for special issue proposals on topics in the natural resources policy field that are in the forefront of current discourse, such as integrated disaster risk management, alternative energy sources with special focus on bio-energy, water privatization, climate change, and natural resource institutions. The proposal should be self- contained with a clear and concise discussion of the importance of the proposed topic, an overview of the authors and their papers and how it will generate new knowledge and advance the frontiers of discourse in the policy field. Papers previously presented at major conferences as part of thematic sessions, but not previously published elsewhere, can be included, with the understanding that if the proposal is accepted, the papers will have to undergo peer review to be coordinated by the Guest Editor submitting the proposal. The proposal should be limited to a maximum of 1,000 words. Expect to receive a decision in about two to three weeks.

Forthcoming Special Issue, January 2015: Designing Water Disaster Management Policies: Theory and Empirics
Guest Editor: Chennat Gopalakrishnan
Symposium on Elinor Ostrom
The October issue will be devoted to a symposium on Elinor Ostrom. Specifically, it will revisit Ostrom’s classic paper, “Collective Action and Evolution of Social Norms”, originally published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, 14 (3) (Summer 2000): 137-158. The symposium will feature original contributions from prominent Ostrom scholars, among them, Matthew Auer, Paul Dragos Aligica, Filippo Sabetti, Lisa Blomgren Amsler, Shane Day, Tom Evans, Thomas Lyon, Larry Schroeder and Rick Wilson.

Submit your papers online

Please prepare your papers in accordance with the guidelines posted under our Instructions for authors.

Editorial information
  • Chief Editor: Chennat Gopalakrishnan, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA (