I am a Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy Global Practice. I joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 2017 in Washington, D.C., and am currently based in the Jakarta Office. I am an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the School of Business, University of South Australia.
I undertake economic and policy research that informs the design of World Bank-financed projects, and provide design and implementation support to the Bank’s government clients. These projects aim to improve forest management, revitalize fisheries, conserve oceans and coastal ecosystems, and reduce water pollution, among other goals. Most of my work currently focuses on the East Asia Pacific region, particularly China and Indonesia.
My research, which draws on, and contributes to, project work, aims to improve our understanding of the relationship between economic development and the environment. I aim to inform policies and projects that can both improve environmental and socio-economic outcomes.
Questions that colleagues and I are trying to answer right now include:
- What are the opportunities and needs for improved fisheries management in Indonesia, and what are the risks to fisheries from climate change?
- How can public and private measures for supply-chain governance work together?
- Does quota-based fisheries management make fisheries more valuable?
- What are the costs and benefits of reforestation, and how do these costs vary across environmental and development contexts?
See output from this research and more here.
I graduated from Duke University in 2017 with a PhD in Environmental and Resource Economics. My committee comprised Alexander Pfaff, Brian Murray, Elizabeth Shapiro, Subhrendu Pattanayak and Ashwini Chhatre. Prior, I completed an M.A (Economics) at Duke University, a M.Sc (Agricultural and Resource Economics) at the University of Alberta, Canada, and a joint B.A (Economics) and B.Sc (Ecology, Environmental Geosciences) at 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 in Tanzania (on forest conservation program design), Mexico (community forest management), India (roads and forest transitions), Mali and Burkina Faso (water-related poverty), the Solomon Islands (social and environmental impacts of the tourism industry) and South Australia (land use change and water management).