Smart Prosperity Institute Research Network
Call for Graduate Student Applications to attend a Short Course on:

Capital Asset Pricing for Nature


Instructor: Eli Fenichel (Yale University)


  • Vic Adamowicz (University of Alberta)
  • Ethan Addicott (Yale University)
  • Rob Smith (Midsummer Analytics)

Course Dates/Location: November 14th/15th, 2019 - University of Ottawa


The Smart Prosperity Institute is inviting Graduate Student (Master’s, Ph.D. or Post-Doc) researchers to apply to attend a short course on Capital Asset Pricing for Nature, being held at the University of Ottawa, from November 14th-15th, 2019.

This course will feature instruction on capital asset pricing for nature, and specifically measuring revealed shadow prices or accounting prices for natural capital with the Capital Asset Pricing for Nature (capN) R package, developed by Seong Do Yun (Yale University), Eli Fenichel (Yale University), and Joshua Abbot (Arizona State University).

The course will be taught by Eli Fenichel (Yale University), with Vic Adamowicz (University of Alberta), Ethan Addicott (Yale University), and Rob Smith (Midsummer Analytics, and lead author on the recent IISD Comprehensive Wealth in Canada 2018 report). 

Graduate students working on issues related to capital asset pricing for nature, and/or applications of green national accounting, are welcome to apply from across Canada and the US.  International students are also welcome to apply, but please note that funding for international participation is limited.  

Selection to the short course will be based on the relevancy and quality of student research proposals to the application of capN.  Students not currently working in this research area (i.e. without a full research proposal), but who have a policy-relevant research question and intention to pursue further research in this area are also encouraged to apply.

Please note that preference will be given to research proposals that are relevant to Canadian policy issues related to natural capital (even if not directly based on Canadian examples).  This short course is also timed and intended to support graduate student participants in applying to subsequent project funding opportunities with SPI on natural capital asset pricing and/or green national accounting.

Submissions must be completed by graduate students (Master’s, Ph.D., or Post-Docs).  Submissions are due no later than 11:59 pm EST on 2nd October 2019.  Late submissions will not be considered.

The Smart Prosperity Institute will cover the travel, lodging, and subsistence costs of selected participants to attend the 2-day short course. For more information, including the tentative course outline and specific details on how to apply, see the application instructions section HERE.