Dr Ed Hearnshaw Prize

Do you spend your lunchbreaks or evenings debating with friends and colleagues about how NZ should best navigate towards a sustainable future, balancing environmental and economic challenges?

GEN, the Government Economics Network, is delighted to announce a new $2000 prize to commemorate Dr Ed Hearnshaw’s significant contribution to the fields of economics and environmental policy in New Zealand. This year’s essay topic is: What policy settings will nudge Kiwi consumers towards choices that result in lower greenhouse gas emissions?

Dr Ed was Chief Economist at the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and a GEN Board member until he died tragically at 43 in a tramping accident in June 2020. Dr Ed, a passionate tramper and climate activist, loved a healthy debate and exploring ideas about New Zealand’s future direction. Now we invite Kiwi students, recent grads and young professionals to share their ideas and potentially help shape New Zealand policy making.

If you’re excited about using economics, policy design and/or behavioural psychology to explore and consider the environmental, sustainability or climate change problems New Zealand faces, then this prize is aimed at you.

You can enter by submitting a short essay on our first environmental topic by 11 January 2021.

Visit the GEN website to see the full essay question and to learn more about how to enter and prize eligibility criteria.

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Dr Ed Hearnshaw Prize for Economics, Environment, Climate Change, Sustainability from Government Economics Network GEN student prize and professional award