Professor PhD Arild Vatn was appointed to the professorship in autumn 2008. He has a doctorate in agricultural economics from the Norwegian Agricultural University (NLH), obtained in 1983. Vatn has received international recognition for a number of publications, and was recently awarded the Thorstien Veblen prize by the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) and the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) for his book “Institutions and the Environment”. He is leader of The Research Council of Norway’s “Environment 2015” programme committee and of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE). Furthermore, he is co-ordinator for Noragric’s Masters Programme in international environmental studies.
The establishment of the Thor Heyerdahl Professorship is a result of a four-year co-operative agreement with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB). The financial obligations associated with the appointment are divided equally between the two institutions. The Institute is represented in the steering group by Professor and Institute Board Member Willy Østreng.