Diversity and Inclusion


NAREA is committed to taking a wide variety of actions to ensure that diverse voices are heard in an environment that is inclusive and equitable. That commitment is voiced in the Statement of NAREA's Commitment to Inclusion, adopted by the membership in summer 2019. The NAREA Diversity and Inclusion Committee coordinates our work on these issues. The Chair of that Committee is elected by the NAREA membership every three years and is a voting member of NAREA’s Board of Directors.


NAREA 2022 Conference Events on Research in Social Justice in Environmental, Resource, and Agricultural Economics

At the 2022 NAREA conference in Mystic, CT, we will feature two exciting events relating to research at the intersection of social justice and environmental, resource, and agricultural economics. First, authors in the ARER special issue referred to below will speak in a plenary panel on Monday afternoon on their experience doing research in this area. Second, there will be an invitation-only dinner bringing together scholars interested in doing this kind of research with representatives of funding and data agencies.

Events Code of Conduct:

Since 2020, all attendees at NAREA events, notably our annual conference, workshop, or Board meetings, must abide by this code.


NAREA communications on diversity, equity, and inclusion:


Below we list some of our key initiatives.  Additional initiatives are under development, and we enthusiastically welcome your input.  Please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair with any feedback.


Rising Star Keynote:

Starting in 2021, the annual NAREA conference will feature a Rising Star keynote address that showcases the work of a promising young scholar with a research agenda that overlaps substantially with the interests of the NAREA membership.

We invite nominations, including self-nominations, for the Rising Star keynote; they are due by August 31 each year for the keynote at the following year's conference, and can be submitted to the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Nominations need only include the name and website of the scholar, as well as a couple of sentences about why this person is a good fit. Please see this document for details about eligibility.

2021 Special Issue of ARER on Social Justice in Agricultural and Environmental Economics:

Guest editors Angelino Viceisza (Spelman College and NBER) and Miesha Williams (Morehouse College).  Published in December 2021.

Several authors in this special issue will speak on a plenary panel at the 2022 NAREA Annual Meeting, discussing the challenges and opportunities in doing research in social justice in these fields of economics.


Scholars’ Circles program:

This program was piloted in 2020-21 to allow NAREA members to support and mentor each other through the year in groups organized around common interests.

After the successful pilot, the program was approved as a standing initiative coordinated by a separate committee.

Professional development and listening sessions:

At NAREA conferences, we regularly organize sessions on professional development topics, on our own or in coordination with CAM. We also hold period listening sessions, some of them at conferences and some separate, so that we can learn from members about their experiences and perspectives on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and about how NAREA can do better.

Our next listening session will be Mon Apr 4 12-1pm Eastern. Join NAREA leaders and members of the NAREA Diversity & Inclusion Committee to share your thoughts, experiences, and concerns about issues related to inclusion and exclusion in our NAREA community and beyond. This session's focus will be on gender, especially relating to the experiences of women or gender minorities, though you are welcome to share thoughts on any topic.

We host these listening sessions to learn about ways we can make the NAREA community more inclusive and equitable for all, and to give everyone a chance to have a voice and find community! NAREA leaders will be taking notes but will keep your participation and any comments you make confidential.


The NAREA Award for the Promotion of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We invite nominations, including self-nominations, for the new NAREA Award for the Promotion of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which we hope to award for the first time at the 2022 annual meeting. This award "recognizes a member of the NAREA community who has consistently gone above and beyond to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within our professional community." Please see here for more details. Nominations due to the Chair of the Awards Committee by March 1.

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