20 July 2015 - 01 August 2015
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Summer Academy on Economic Growth and Governance of Natural Resources (MSA2015)

A new generation of 57 students and young scientists from 24 countries studied contemporary concepts of the management of natural resources and economic growth and engaged in discussions of methodological and applied challenges in this field.



As the 21st century begins, humankind faces a challenge to find a wiser way to utilize Earth’s resources to maintain economic growth, in developing countries as well as in the industrialized world, while avoiding over-exploitation of ecosystem services and other natural resources. 

The global economy is still rooted in non-renewable resource exploitation; transition to renewable energy and sustainable resource use will occur only in response to incentives and institutional systems that reflect enthusiastic adoption of the need for change by policy-makers and business. This is a daunting task for many reasons, including complex feedbacks between the institutional and economic system that may lead to path-dependencies that hinder or prevent such transitions.

MSA 2015 provided an intensive and exciting educational program that includes lectures by world-leading researchers on systems analysis and mathematical modeling of critical transformations with global impact, accompanied by interactive seminars at which the School’s participants acquired experience in exploring and working on these topics.

Discussed themes

  • Endogenous growth theory and new drivers of economic growth: moving towards inclusiveness and sustainability
  • Mutual feedbacks and different time scales of changes in institutional, economic, climatic, and ecological systems
  • Nonlinearities, structural changes, regime shifts and tipping points in human-earth systems’ functioning: understanding, predicting and steering
  • Incentivizing sustainable behavior: institution design
  • Cooperation, fairness, and resource sharing
  • The Arctic as a focal case of a non-linear social-ecological system undergoing rapid change

Participant blog posts and reports from the MSA2015

Panoramic view of Alley and main building of Moscow State University.
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About MSA 2015

The Academy is the third Summer School on economic growth held at Lomonosov Moscow State University. The first two schools took place in 2009 and 2011, and each attracted about 50 students from all over the world.

MSA 2015 is organized in the framework of and substantially contributed and supported by the NordForsk-funded GreenMAR project, and co-organized by the University of Oslo, Moscow State University and IIASA.

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