Data Analyst for Spatial and Environmental Economics
Outline of the program
The international research Master’s program “Data Analyst for Spatial and Environmental Economics” (DASEE) is a two-year
program jointly proposed by the University of Bourgogne and AgroSup Dijon. It objective is to be a highly specialized and
selective Master’s degree program offering an integrated view on urban/regional and environmental issues from an economic
perspective, with a particular focus on georeferenced data management and analysis. The students will be trained in economics
and econometrics applied to the analysis of spatial and environmental issues. This program emphasizes interactions between
economic theories, policy and practices by focusing on the links between location choices of economic activities and
environment. It provides an in-depth training in the design, realization, analysis and restitution of quantitative studies in spatial
and environmental economics.
The DASEE Master’s program will consist in a consecutive four-semester international Master of Science M.Sc.) degree program taught
in English. The DASEE program will offer the students an original program structure in France focused on the interrelations
between spatial and environmental economics and the analysis of georeferenced data. The course structure consists of five
major building blocks: “Spatial economics”, “Environmental economics”, “Fundamentals in quantitative methods”, “Spatial
statistics and econometrics” and “Professionnal training”.
A major focus of the program will be about training the students in the design, realization, analysis and restitution of
quantitative studies in spatial and environmental economics, since these skills are essential components in the deployment of a
territorial economic intelligence activity by local authorities, businesses and engineering offices. The integrative view on spatial
and environmental economics, together with a focus on data statistical and econometric analysis are major innovations of this
program with respect to other master’s program offered worldwide, that either focus on spatial economics or environmental
economics and where the quantitative part is not as developed as in our proposal.
Courses will include the ability to conduct research in spatial economics, environmental economics and spatial data analysis, from
data collection and analysis to synthesis and reporting. Its applied quantitative analytical approach (students will use softwares
as R, SAS, ARCGIS) to spatial and environmental economics provides the relevant skills to model and solve economic problems on
an abstract level and to transfer the analytic solutions to real world applications. This encourages a flexible and creative
approach to complex economic issues like those found typically in the real world.
During the DASEE program some students will be to do their first year and/or second year internships in prestigious foreign
universities (Canada, Spain), supervised by the large network of co-authors and collaborators of the coordinators of the program
and the teaching team from LEDI and CESAER.
Studied courses/program curriculum
The Master DASEE is organized in two years. Each year has two semesters,
Semestre 1 – 250h (30 ECTS)
UE1 Spatial economics: organization and economic dynamics of territories, location strategies
UE2 Environmental economics: Environmental, energy and natural resources economics
UE3 Quantitative techniques: Construction and data analysis
UE4 Spatial statistics and spatial econometrics: Lattice data, point pattern and geostatistics
UE5 Professional training: English or French (depending on students), GIS
Semestre 2 – 200 (30 ECTS) incluant un stage
UE1 Environmental and transport economics: transport and environment, seminars in environmental economics
UE2 Quantitative techniques: Econometrics, structural models, panel data econometrics
UE3 Spatial statistics and spatial econometrics: Spatial econometrics, introduction to spatial data science
UE4 Professional training: Project in spatial statistics or spatial econometrics, dissertation or internship abroad
Semestre 3 – 230 (30 ECTS)
UE1 Spatial economics: urban economics, economic geography, rural economics
UE2 Environmental economics: Environmental and resource economics, public choice
UE3 Quantitative techniques: Econometrics for qualitative data, quantitative evaluation of public policies
UE4 Spatial statistics and spatial econometrics: Spatial econometrics for panels, spatial econometrics for qualitative variables
UE5 Professional training: Project in spatial statistics or spatial econometrics
Semestre 4 – 230 (30 ECTS)
UE1 Spatial statistics and spatial econometrics: Advanced topics in spatial statistics or spatial econometrics, GIS
UE2 Research Internship, master thesis (6 months).
Students with a degree in economics, mathematics, engineering, quantitative geography.
We offer grants to students to realize their fist-year or second-year research internship in a foreign institution or
university. We also offer year scholarships for the best candidates.
Future career prospects
The master’s program will provide the students with a portfolio of academic and practical skills. They will include the ability to
conduct research in spatial economics, environmental economics and spatial data analysis either individually or as part of a team
through research design, data collection, analysis, synthesis and reporting. They will also include managerial skills relating to the
interaction with other people. With the expertise that the students will develop in data analysis applied to spatial and
environmental economics, various career perspectives await the students in academics, urban planning and local development
agencies, data science agencies, non-governmental associations and government.
Courses will be taught by a team of dedicated national and international scientists and researchers in complete connection with their
own research in the field. The master’s program is strongly connected with applied research in spatial economics, environmental
economics and econometrics developed at the UBFC. Indeed, the coordinators and participants of the master program are all
researchers specialized in spatial econometrics, environmental econometrics and spatial econometrics from UBFC. The team is
constituted of researchers belonging to two research labs of UBFC: LEDI (Laboratoire d’Economie de Dijon, Economics Lab of
Dijon) and CESAER (Centre d’Economie et de Sociologie Appliquées aux Espaces Ruraux, Center of Economics and Sociologie
applied to Rural Territories) and all the collaborating external researchers.