I graduated from Duke University in 2017 with a PhD in Environmental and Resource Economics. My supervisory committee comprised Alexander Pfaff, Brian Murray, Elizabeth Shapiro, Subhrendu Pattanayak and Ashwini Chhatre.
In my role at the World Bank I undertake quantitative microeconomic analysis that informs the design of World Bank-financed development projects. The intended outcomes of these projects include improved forest management, revitalized marine and inland fisheries, and reduced economic and human costs of pollution, among others.
My research, which draws on insights from my project work, aims to improve our understanding of the relationship between poverty, development, and the natural environment. I try to inform the policies and projects which can best improve environmental outcomes while also promoting economic development.
Questions that I’m trying to answer right now include:
- Are there conditions in which new road development could help spread reforestation and forest regeneration?
- Can we design better financial incentives to encourage communities to work together for forest conservation?
- Do small grants and loans to households reduce their reliance on forests?
- Does quota-based fisheries management, in ending “the race to fish“, make fisheries more valuable?
- What contribution can better fisheries management make to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
I believe that tight links between development practice and research improve our understanding of both the world and our collective ability to improve it.
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 worked for four years at the former Policy and Economic Research Unit of CSIRO, on land use, water and climate change topics. I later taught undergraduate natural resource economics and interned at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce.
I have fieldwork experience 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).