After attending the International Trade and Finance Association (IT&FA’s) 27th International Conference at the Poznan University of Economics and Business, Poznan, Poland, Anmar Pretorius and Derick Blaauw traveled to the Jönköping University in Sweden. There they met colleagues from the Economics Department. The type and scope of data available to scholars in Sweden was just mind boggling. The Department has access to a panel of 25 years covering each individual citizen and firm level data. Scholars from the United States and several other countries regularly visit the Department to work with the rich data set.
Anmar and Derick also met up with a former colleague from Monash South Africa, Prof Adele Berndt, who is currently working at the Jönköping International Business School. The aim of the visit was to discuss possible research synergies in the field of renewable energy projects (both in Sweden and in South Africa) and investigate other possible research opportunities for the future. The outcome was several productive brainstorming and work sessions over a five day period. A possible project, working title and timeline for the research has been identified and the corroboration will be taken further in due course.