About Me

I am an Economist in the Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy Global Practice of the World Bank, joining as a Young Professional in 2017. I am also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the School of Commerce, University of South Australia. I am based in Washington, D.C.

I undertake economic analysis that informs the design of World Bank-financed projects, and provide support to our implementing partners in Government. These projects aim to improve forest management, revitalize fisheries, conserve oceans and coastlines, and reduce air and water pollution, among other goals. Most of my work focuses on the East Asia Pacific region.

My research, which draws on insights from my project work, aims to improve our understanding of the relationship between poverty, development, and these natural assets. I aim to inform policies and projects that can both improve environmental outcomes and promote economic development (or minimize trade-offs).

Questions that I’m trying to answer right now include:

  • Are there conditions in which new road development could help promote reforestation and forest regeneration?
  • What is the impact of climate change on human migration?
  • How can public and private measures in supply-chain governance better work together for more sustainable forestry and agriculture?
  • Does quota-based fisheries management make fisheries more valuable?
  • What contribution can sustainable fisheries make to development goals?

I believe that tight links between development practice and research improve our understanding of the world and our ability to improve it. See output from this research and more here.

I graduated from Duke University in 2017 with a PhD in Environmental and Resource Economics. My supervisory committee comprised Alexander PfaffBrian Murray, Elizabeth ShapiroSubhrendu Pattanayak and Ashwini Chhatre.

Before my PhD, I completed an M.Sc (Agricultural and Resource Economics) at the University of Alberta, Canada, and a B.A (Economics) and B.Sc (Ecology, Environmental Geosciences) from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

I earlier worked in the Sustainable Ecosystems division of CSIRO, on land use, water management, and climate change topics. I taught undergraduate natural resource economics at the University of Alberta.

I have fieldwork experience (primary data collection) in Tanzania (forest conservation program design), Mexico (community forest management), India (roads and forest transitions), West Africa (water-related poverty), the Solomon Islands (social and environmental impacts of the tourism industry) and Southern Australia (land use change and water management).