Note: The Pre-Doctoral Program is currently unavailable. Updates will be provided when the program resumes.
The Center for Environmental Economics and Sustainability Policy’s Pre-Doctoral Program in Environmental and Resource Economics invites students who have completed their course work, passed field exams, and are starting dissertation research to spend a spring semester at ASU. Stipends and support for housing and travel are provided. The program offers the opportunity to take specialty classes and to prepare one thesis essay with ASU faculty, taking advantage of ongoing research programs in:
Jesse Burkhardt is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. He completed his Ph.D. in 2016 in environmental and energy economics at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He received a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale, and a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Portland State University. Jesse worked as a wilderness ranger in Yosemite National Park, a goat cheese farmer in southern France and a visiting researcher at the University of California Davis and the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. His research in environmental economics focuses on energy, transportation, and water conservation. Specific research topics include modeling the effects of California’s cap and trade program on the transportation sector, determining the costs of increasing vehicle fleet fuel efficiency, and identifying peer effects in water conservation.
Steven Dundas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Economics and the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station at Oregon State University. He is an environmental and resource economist and his current research is focused on coastal ecosystems services and resilience, adaptation to climate change, and non-market valuation. Steve completed his Ph.D. in Economics at North Carolina State University in 2015 and received his M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Delaware in 2011. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a professional photojournalist and as an environmental consultant designing remediation plans for contaminated waste sites. A New Jersey native, Steve enjoys photography, backpacking, gardening, cooking, and spending time with his wife (Ann Marie), daughter (Ella), and his dog (Millie).
Jie-Sheng is a Ph.D. candidate in environmental economics and policy at Duke University. He is also a fellowship recipient from Duke Global Health Institute. His research field is global environmental health where he attempts to incorporate behaviors and preferences when examining the interaction between environment and health. Having this understanding would allow policymakers to better design interventions aimed at breaking the link between environment and health. Currently he is working on a sorting model where Indonesian households migrate to polluted areas in search of better economic opportunities. Jie-Sheng is from Singapore and enjoys watching sports, playing soccer, and reading.
Rebecca is a lecturer and undergraduate advisor in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. She is broadly interested in environmental and natural resource economics, and her current research focuses on the evolution and evaluation of property rights and spatial management institutions in marine fisheries. When she’s not hard at work in her office, you can often find her doing yoga, scuba diving, swimming, biking, running, or hiking in the Boston area and wherever her travels take her.
Kathrine is a researcher in the Department of Environmental and Resource Economics at the Centre for European Economic Research (Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) in Mannheim, Germany. In November 2013 she received her Ph.D. in environmental economics at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Prior to that she studied economics and econometrics at the University of Essex and the European University Institute and worked at the Danish Economic Councils in Copenhagen, an independent think tank advising the Danish Parliament on economic issues. Kathrine’s research interests are environmental economics and applied econometrics. Her thesis concerned applications of the hedonic method for valuation of environmental amenities and disamenities in an urban setting. Aside from her research, Kathrine enjoys spending time outdoors, learning new languages and watching old movies.
Andrew is a Ph.D. student in applied economics at Cornell University concentrating in the fields of environmental and urban economics. His research, under the direction of Dr. Antonio Bento, examines the sustainability of urban growth via the role of transportation systems and housing markets. His research combines economic theory of urban spatial structure with the modeling the demand and supply forces in transportation markets. Part of his work involves development of a novel structural econometric method to overcome identification challenges in estimating demand where markets are overlapping with spillovers in the form of congestion. Andrew completed his undergraduate work in economics with honors at Stanford University and has a master’s degree in development economics from Oxford University. In his leisure time, Andrew likes to whitewater kayak and mountain bike with friends.
Daniel is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Washington in 2013. He worked for the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington D.C. after receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. His interests are in environmental economics and applied econometrics, with an emphasis on water resource economics. Currently Daniel is incorporating Bayesian econometrics with the hedonic price model to test for climate change adaptation in agriculture. In addition to his research interests, Daniel enjoys cycling, basketball, skiing and teaching.
Sapna is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech in 2013 and completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in India. Her research areas are environmental economics, parametric and nonparametric econometrics, and health economics. Sapna has experience working on the trade-off between bias and efficiency of different methods for environmental valuation such as the benefit-transfer method and contingent valuation method. In her first study, a meta-analysis of over thirty studies was conducted to identify factors that reduce or improve the accuracy of benefit-transfers. To gain richer insights, parametric and nonparametric regression techniques were used to estimate the meta-regressions. Aside from her research work she loves teaching, traveling, hiking, dancing, watching movies and trying out new recipes.
Matthew is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Alaska, Anchorage. In 2012 he completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. He entered the program under the supervision of Dr. James Wilen in 2008 after completing a B.A. (honors) degree in economics at the University of Calgary. Matt’s primary research interests are environmental and resource economics, and microeconometrics. The focus of Matt’s dissertation is on the dynamic and spatial aspects of a marine harvester’s production process and how these aspects relate to resource exploitation under various regulatory institutions. In particular, he is exploring the effects of introducing catch shares in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands crab fisheries on the various spatial and dynamic decisions that harvesters make over the course of a fishing season. Matt also enjoys various outdoor activities such as mountain and road biking, rock climbing, and skiing.
Amy is a Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Economics in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in Norfolk, UK. She earned her Ph.D. in environmental economics in 2013. Her undergraduate degree in economics is from at Trinity College, Cambridge and she earned her Master of Science at University College London specializing in environmental and resource economics. During the summers of her undergraduate degree she worked for Professor Robert Neild on research topics related to the financial history of Trinity College. Amy’s main research interests include spatial econometrics, non parametric estimation methods and environmental valuation techniques. She is especially interested in the relationship between hedonic analysis of house prices and equilibrium sorting models, and applications of these methods to the design and evaluation of policy.
Keith is Assistant Professor of Marine Resource Economics at the University of Maine. His primary research interests are marine resource economics and applied econometrics. Keith completed his Ph.D. at Iowa State University in 2011 under the direction of Dr. Joseph Herriges, Dr. Catherine Kling, and Dr. Quinn Weninger. His doctoral research focused on problems of learning and uncertainty relating to non-market valuation and fishery management. Keith is a native of northern California. In his spare time he enjoys disc golf, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife Courtney and two children Jade and James.
Alexander is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming in 2012 where he completed field courses in environmental/ natural resource economics, financial economics and development/international economics. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford, Center for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies. Alex’s research interests include development economics, environmental economics and behavioral economics. He was born and raised in Chico, California where he completed his undergraduate degree in economics. He enjoys hiking, back-country skiing, cooking and traveling.
Kevin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. In 2012 he received his Ph.D. in economics at the University of California, San Diego. His primary fields of interest include energy and environmental economics. Kevin’s research focuses on exploring how policies can mitigate the environmental impacts of the electricity sector. His current projects study the emission reductions provided by renewable electricity and the resulting health impacts. In addition to his research interests, Kevin enjoys bike touring, cooking with his wife Samantha, and spending long weekends with his family at Hayden Lake, Idaho.
Congwen Zhang is an independent research consultant in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. She completed her Ph.D. in economics at Virginia Tech in 2011 and earned her B.S. and M.S. in economics from Wuhan University, China. Her research specialty is in environmental and resource economics with a focus on the non-market valuation methods including the hedonic price methods and quasi-experimental methods. Applications of her research include the evaluation of the effects of arsenic in drinking water, “green-certification” hotel, aquatic invasive species in freshwater lakes, surface water quality, and 9/11’s impact on people’s attitudes toward Muslims. Her current work focuses on estimating demand for lake water clarity in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. In addition to her interest in economics she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, yoga, spending time with her family and caring for her fat chinchilla!