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CNREP 2016: Call for Abstracts

Join us in New Orleans!

Photo: New Orleans scene.Meet with your colleagues, friends, and other professionals in an exciting multidisciplinary setting hosted in the unique city called “The Big Easy.” Highlighting the challenges of socioeconomic research and policy in coastal systems, the 5th National Forum promises to generate collaborative efforts while providing a prominent venue for your current research, extension, and policy work.  Mark your calendars for CNREP 2016 to be held March 20-22, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

What are the challenges?

It’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the coastal communities of the northern Gulf of Mexico.  During that period, the region has endured an additional five major storms and a man-made disaster of unparalleled proportion.  In responding to these acute impacts, coastal decision makers have been forced to acknowledge more chronic and insidious challenges – ranging from relative sea level rise to the globalization of domestic markets. These challenges have focused national attention on the importance of the social sciences in natural resource restoration and management. Understanding both the market and non-market values of water, wetlands, fisheries, and other ecosystem-based goods and services is critical to efficient policy development. As the nation’s longest running coastal socioeconomic conference, the triennial CNREP forums have always strived to address these difficult challenges while focusing on coastal resources and their role in the economic, social, and cultural systems of the world.

What are the Topics?

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations and dedicated sessions and panels are currently being sought for CNREP 2016. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Economics and policy of climate adaptation
  • Risk perception and hazard mitigation
  • Ecosystem services: valuation and application
  • Public and private use conflicts in coastal zones
  • Energy policy in coastal environments
  • Socioeconomic impacts of coastal restoration
  • Economics of fisheries access and allocation
  • Reconciling navigation with restoration
  • Economics of water: Emerging priorities
  • BP settlement: Implications for the Gulf economy
  • Linkages between coastal resources and economic activity
  • Indicators and indices of coastal resiliency
  • Economics and policy of coastal recreation
  • Market-based mechanisms for resource management
  • Incentivizing private resource stewardship
  • Sociological considerations of coastal restoration
  • Working waterfronts and direct marketing
  • Measuring and managing coastal sustainability

Basic and applied research, extension-oriented, and policy discussion submissions are all welcome.

Who Should Attend?

A balanced mix of technical and non-technical presentations is planned, and noted research and policy professionals will be invited to present keynote addresses to the conference that provide a framework for conference sessions and discussions. Attendees will include:

  • Economists, sociologists, and anthropologists
  • Legal scholars and policy analysts
  • Ecological and environmental researchers
  • Extension agents and specialists
  • State and federal resource managers
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Graduate students

Call for Sessions – Due October 10, 2015

The CNREP 2016 planning committee is currently seeking proposals for dedicated sessions or discussion panels lasting 90 minutes each. For each proposal, session chairs are required to provide a brief description of the session (500 words maximum) and to identify 3-4 presenters or panelists.  In the case of discussion panels, the session chair must confirm each participant, and provide contact information and a brief bio for each participant (200 words max).  In the case of dedicated sessions with individual presentations, the session chair will be required to secure abstracts from each presenter per the guidelines below.

Call for Abstracts – Due November 20, 2015

Please submit your 500 word (maximum) abstract via email (address below) by November 20, 2015. Include the abstract as text in the body of your email or as an attachment in MS Word format.  Please provide the title of the presentation, names and affiliations of authors, addresses (including email addresses), and key words. Please also indicate the presenting author and whether you would like to present as a standard oral presentation (20 minutes total), a lightning round presentation (3 minutes total) or as a poster. Abstracts received by the deadline will be reviewed for quality and authors notified of acceptance by December 11, 2015. All abstracts, both oral and poster, will be published electronically in the conference book of abstracts that will be posted on the CNREP website. Note: All presenters are responsible for the conference registration fee and paying for travel and lodging.

Special Edition - Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics

In addition to the book of abstracts, all submissions will be evaluated for a possible manuscript invitation for a special issue of the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics. More information about this opportunity will be forthcoming, but for now you can view the journal website, along with the instructions for authors, at the following URL:

All abstracts are to be submitted no later than November 20, 2015. 
Please email them to:

Dr. Rex H. Caffey, Professor of Resource Economics
Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy (CNREP)
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center


Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy
101 Woodin Hall, Department of Agricultural Economics
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-5604
Ph: 225-578-2393; Fax: 225-578-2716


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