Helle Oersted Nielsen

Aarhus University
Environmental science

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My main research interest concerns the study of the effectiveness of environmental policy instruments and institutions, applying behavioural, institutional economic and organisational theoretical perspectives. Research projects include analyses of farmers' responses to environmental regulation as well as policy analyses and implementation studies regarding the EU water framework directive. The latter includes three EU-funded projects, "Water Praxis" a comparative study on institutional setups for the implementation of the directive , "Thresholds of environmental sustainability and EURO-LIMPACS on the impacts of global climate change on freshwater systems, where I have contributed to the development of frameworks for policy analysis. Currently the leader of the project EU agricultural policy and Danish pesticide policy which integrates economic and ecological modeling to assess the effects of different policy instruments. I teach public administration and public policy as well as environmental politics at Aarhus University.

Nielsen, H.O., Pedersen, Anders Branth, Christensen, Tove. 2009. "Environmentally sustainable agriculture and future developments of the CAP." Journal of European Integration 31 (3): 369-387.
Nielsen, Helle O. Forthcoming. "Bounded Rationality in an Imperfect World of Regulations: What If Individuals are Not Optimizing?" In Handbook of Research on Environmental Taxation, eds. Milne, Janet and Mikael Skou Andersen. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Nielsen, Helle Orsted. 2009. Bounded Rationality in Decision Making. How Cognitive short-cuts and professional values may interfere with market-based regulation. Manchester University Press. In press.

Substantive Focus:
Energy and Natural Resource Policy SECONDARY
Environmental Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY