President's Letter

Dear Colleagues,

As the current President, I like to wish each fellow member of the East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (EAAERE) a very fruitful and pleasant 2016. The EAAERE has doubled the member size to around 200 since its establishment in 2010. Our rapid growth can also be observed from the numbers of papers presented in the each annual conference. There were 63 in the First EAAERE Congress at Sapporo of Japan, 78 in the Second EAAERE Congress at Hanoi of Vietnam, 70 in the Third EAAERE Congress at Huangshan of China, 109 in the Fourth EAAERE Congress at Busan of South Korea, and 121 in the Fifth EAAERE Congress at Taipei of Taiwan. In addition, we were invited in 2014 by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) to co-organize the Sixth World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists held in 2018. These achievements are due to great efforts and devotion of all EAAERE members. Of course, special thanks should go to our former Presidents: Dr. Kazuhiro Ueta, Kyoto University; Dr. Daigee Shaw, Academia Sinica; and Dr. II-Chung Kim, Dongguk University.

To keep the Association flourish, I deeply believe that we need to work more effectively and efficiently. Thus, I try to make officials of the EAAERE take more responsibilities to solve our members’ problems, and to foresee possible future academic and non-academic developments and take necessary steps in advance. Our two excellent Vice Presidents, Dr. Shiqiu Zhang and Dr. Jong Ho Hong, and two capable general secretaries, Dr. Akihisa Mori and Dr. Katsuya Tanaka, have worked on these changes together with the Board of Directors. Hopefully, the endeavors of our team will soon be seen. On the other hand, we like to strengthen the connections between the EAAERE and its all members, as well as increase intra-field and inter-field cooperation. We have invited scholars around the world studying energy and resource economics to join the Fifth Congress of EAAERE, and obtained many positive feedbacks. We will promote more academic interactions among inter-field scholars in the coming years.

Finally, the Sixth EAAERE Congress will be hosted by Kyushu Sangyo University in Fukuoka of Japan this year, and the Seventh EAAERE Congress will be held in a Southeast Asian country in 2017. I would like to invite you to submit excellent works of yours to these two conferences. Please remember that your support is always the most important factor to make the EAAERE active and creative. I look forward to seeing all of you in Japan this year.

Best wishes to you and your family,

Shiqiu Zhang, 
President, EAAERE
Professor, Peking University, Beijing, China