Resource Economics now recruiting graduate students for NSF funded program focused on equitable energy transition

Christine Crago, associate professor of resource economicsResource Economics associate professor Christine L. Crago is co-PI on two grants totaling $6.3 million from the National Science Foundation. The grants will fund a new graduate training program, ELevating Equity VAlues in the Transition of the Energy System (ELEVATE) which aims to ensure that the transformation of the electric grid is both sustainable and benefits all members of society equitably, an aspect of energy transition not often considered in policymaking or public discourse. “I’m really excited to be looking at equity and distributional impacts of the renewable energy transition,” says Dr. Crago. “As we promote an energy system dominated by renewable energy, we want to carefully consider the impact of more renewables on energy prices and control of energy assets, and their subsequent impacts on equity.” 

Nathan Chan Named 2020-2021 ADVANCE Faculty Fellow

Nathan Chan, Assistant ProfessorEight SBS faculty have been named 2020-2021 ADVANCE Faculty Fellows by UMass ADVANCE, including Nathan Chan from the Department of Resource Economics. They are part of the cohort of 39 selected faculty, each representing different departments; the faculty members will be partnering with the UMass ADVANCE leadership team to promote gender equity for faculty at UMass. Through a combination of research, programming, and interventions UMass ADVANCE seeks to understand and address systemic and intersectional inequalities to lay the groundwork for a fairer, more equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus.

Computer Science Meets Behavioral Sciences: Interdisciplinary Research Focuses on Heat Resilience in the Age of Climate Change

Jamie Mullins, assistant professor of resource economics,

As high temperatures become more frequent and intense due to climate change, UMass Amherst scientists are developing interdisciplinary research aimed at helping communities increase resilience to extreme heat by monitoring physiological, mental and behavioral health factors.

Tauhidur Rahman, assistant professor of computer and information sciences, and social scientist Jamie Mullins, assistant professor of resource economics,received a $75,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation’s Smart and Connected Communities program to fund their project.

Department of Resource Economics Welcomes New Faculty

New Faculty, fall 2020

Though there are many factors still uncertain about the fall 2020 semester, the Department of Resource Economics is excited to introduce its new faculty: Yongjoon Park, Assistant Professor; Manasvini Singh, Assistant Professor; and Lucy Xiaolu Wang, Assistant Professor (starting September 2021).

“We're experiencing some severe societal challenges, but this university's commitment to faculty excellence is amply demonstrated by recruiting these outstanding new faculty,” said John A. Hird, Dean of SBS. “We're all excited to begin engaging with them.”


Article by David Keiser Among QJE's Top 5 Cited Articles of 2019

Daivd Keiser, assistant professor of economicsDvaid Keiser, assistant professor of resource economics, published an article that has been recognized as one of The Quarterly Journal of Economics's top five cited articles of 2019.

"Consequences of the Clean Water Act and the Demand for Water Quality," co-authored by Joseph Shapiro (University of California, Berkeley), uses the most comprehensive set of files ever compiled on water pollution and its determinants, including 50 million pollution readings from 240,000 monitoring sites and a network model of all US rivers, to study water pollution’s trends, causes, and welfare consequences.


Christian Rojas Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Malta to Conduct Research on the Hotel Industry and Sharing Economy

Christian Rojas

Christian Rojas, professor of resource economics, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Malta. Rojas will be studying the impact of the hotel industry in the Maltese economy as well as the impact of the recent rise of the sharing economy (i.e. Airbnb) on the formal lodging industry.

Of special interest will be quantifying the effect of, and prospects for recovery after, the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Rojas will be teaching an applied Game Theory course at the University of Malta. Rojas is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will conduct research and/or teach abroad for the 2020-2021 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Article on Improved Air Quality in National Parks Cites Study by David Keiser

Acadia National Park

As COVID-19 continues its spread and shelter-in-place orders keep people at home throughout the United States, the pandemic's effect on pollution has been one of the few silver linings in a bad situation. While initial reports of dolphins swimming in Venice's canals may not have been accurate, it's true that virus-related shutdowns are cleaning up air pollution around the globe, with satellite imagery showing drops in certain pollutants of up to 40% in some areas. Now, there's evidence that the air may be getting cleaner not just in cities, but in nature as well.