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Student Publications

Dumas, M, Rising, J, and Urpelainen, J. "Political competition and renewable energy transitions over long time horizons: A dynamic approach." Ecological Economics 124 (2016) 175–184.

D'Agostino A., Lund, P, Urpelainen J. "The business of distributed solar power: a comparative case study of centralized charging stations and solar microgrids." WIREs Energy Environ. 2016.

Annan, Francis and Wolfram Schlenker. 2015. "Federal Crop Insurance and the Disincentive to Adapt to Extreme Heat." American Economic Review, 105(5): 262-66.

D'Agostino, A., Urpelainen, J., and Xu, A. "Socio-economic determinants of charcoal expenditures in Tanzania: Evidence from panel data," Energy Economics, April 1, 2015.

M. Beenstock, D. Felsenstein, E. Frank, Y. Reingewertz. "Tide gauge location and the measurement of global sea level rise." 2015. Environmental and Ecological Statistics, 22(1): 1-28. 

Houser, T., R. Kopp, S. Hsiang, M. Delgado, A. Jina, K. Larsen, M. Mastandrea, S. Mohan, R. Muir-Wood, D. J. Rasmussen, J. Rising, & P. Wilson. "American Climate Prospectus: Economic Risks in the United States."  Columbia University Press, 2015.

Oremus, K.L., Suatoni, L., and Sewell, B. (2014). "The requirement to rebuild US fish stocks: Is it working?" Marine Policy 47, 71-75. 

Rising, James. "Creating the Commons: Fisheries and the World Bank." History of Economic Thought and Policy, 2014.

Mulligan, J., Tompsett, A. and Guthrie, P. "Reconciling participation with external expertise: An ‘engineer-client’ framework for participation in community-scale infrastructure development projects Proceedings of the ICE" - Engineering Sustainability 164 (1) pp 35-47 (2011)

Elgie, S., G. McCarney & W. Adamowicz. 2011. "Assessing the implications of a carbon market for boreal forest management." The Forestry Chronicle 87(3):367-381.

Huh, Wonghee Tim; Chandra Kiran Krishnamurthy; Richard Weber (2011). "Concavity and Monotonicity Properties in a Groundwater Management Model"; Naval Research Logistics

One Million Community Health Workers: Technical Task Force Report. New York: Earth Institute, Columbia University, 2011. (Gordon McCord was part of the technical task force)

Parshall, L., K. Gurney, S. Hammer, D. Mendoza, Y. Zhou, and S. Geethakumar. (2010) "Modeling energy consumption and CO2 emissions at the urban scale: methodological challenges and insights from the United States. Energy Policy.

Barnes, J., 2009 Managing the Waters of Ba'th Country: The Power and Politics of Syria's Water Scarcity. Geopolitics, 14(3): 510-530.

Parshall, L., D. Pillai, S. Mohan, A. Sanoh, and V. Modi (2009) "National electricity planning in settings with low pre-existing grid coverage: development of a spatial model and case study of Kenya." Energy Policy37:2395-2410.

Chandra Kiran B Krishnamurthy, Upmanu Lall, Hyun-Han Kwon, 2009, Changing Frequency and Intensity of Rainfall Extremes over India from 1951–2003, Journal of Climate.

McCarney, G.R., G.W. Armstrong and W.L. Adamowicz. 2008. Joint Production of Timber, Carbon and Wildlife Habitat in the Canadian Boreal Plains. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38: 1478-1492.

Ngo, N.S. and D.E. Pataki (2008) "The energy and mass balance of Los Angeles County," Urban Ecosystems, 11, 2, 121-139.

Vicarelli, Marta. “Attributing physical and biological impacts to anthropogenic climate change.” with Rosenzweig, C., D. Karoly, P. Neofotis, Q. Wu, G. Casassa, A. Menzel, T.L. Root, N. Estrella, B. Seguin, P. Tryjanowski, C. Liu, S. Rawlins, and A. Imeson. Nature, 453, 353-357. 2008.

Vicarelli, Marta (contributing author). Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. [M.L. Parry, O.F. Canziani, J.P. Palutikof, and P.J. van der Linden, Eds.] Cambridge University Press, pp. 79-131.

Chandra Kiran B krishnamurthy and Jyoti Parikh, 2007, Economic Impact of Carbon Emission Restrictions: The Case of India, in Energy Security, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Mathur et al (editors), Anamaya Publishers, New Delhi, 2007.

McCord, Gordon C. "Africa's Lagging Demographic Transition: Evidence from Exogenous Impacts of Malaria Ecology and Agricultural Technology," with Dalton Conley and Jeffrey D. Sachs. National Bureau of Economics Research Working Paper No. 12892. February 2007.

McCord, Gordon C. "Scaling Up Malaria Control in Africa: An Economic and Epidemiological Assessment," (with Awash Teklehaimanot and Jeffrey D. Sachs), American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene77 (Suppl 6), December 2007.

McCord, Gordon C. "Scaling Up Malaria Control in Africa: An Economic and Epidemiological Assessment," (with Awash Teklehaimanot and Jeffrey D. Sachs), American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene77 (Suppl 6), December 2007.

Meng, K. (2007) “Creating a Cleaner CDM,” Carbon Finance, September 16, 2007.

Meng, K., Williams, R., Celia, M. (2006) “Opportunities for Low-Cost CO2 Storage Demonstration Projects in China,” Energy Policy, 35, p. 2368-2378.

Orrs, M. "Relationship between expressed HIV/AIDS-related stigma and HIV-beliefs/knowledge and behaviour in families of HIV infected children in Kenya," (with M. Hamra, M.W. Ross, & A. D'Agostino),Tropical Medicine and International Health 11(4): 513-527, April 2006.

Orrs, M. "The relationship between expressed HIV/AIDS-related stigma and beliefs and knowledge about care and support of people living with AIDS in families caring for HIV-infected children in Kenya," (with M. Hamra, M.W. Ross, K. Karuri, & A. D'Agostino), AIDS Care 17(7): 911-922, October 2005.

Vicarelli, Marta (contributing author) Epstein, P. and E. Mills (eds.). 2005. "Climate Change Futures: Health, Ecological and Economic Dimensions." Published by Harvard Medical School, sponsored by Swiss Re and the U.N. Development Programme.

Vicarelli, Marta. "Politiques d'environnement et management environnemental: Une enquête auprès de 270 établissements industriels français", (with Glachant Matthieu and Frédérique Vincent). Report to the OECD and the French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, 2004.

McCord, Gordon C. “Ending Africa’s Poverty Trap,” (with Jeffrey D. Sachs, John W. McArthur, Guido Schmidt-Traub, Margaret Kruk, Chandrika Bahadur, and Michael Faye), Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 1:2004.


Grants & Awards

Lead Teaching Fellow Program, Ana Varela, 2016/2017 Academic Year

The Center for Science and Society Seed Grants, Jason Wong, 2016

Volvo Research and Education Foundations Travel Grant, Kayleigh Campbell, 2015.

Lead Teaching Fellows Program, Jason Wong, 2015/2016 Academic Year

Quartz Chart of the Year, Amir Jina and Solomon Hsiang, 2014

ISERP seed grant award for the project, "Air Quality, Socio-economic Status and Policy: A Nairobi Case Study." Nicole Ngo along with Pat Kinney and Jackie Klopp

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Best Publication Award, 2008

Contributing author to the International Panel for Climate Change(IPCC), Nobel Peace Prize, 2007

"President and Provost Award" for organizing the 18th Ph.D. Workshop on International Climate Policy

Peccei Award for outstanding research - conferred by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Alliance Doctoral Mobility Program Fellow, Columbia University – Ecole Polytechnique, France

Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships in Sustainability Science, Harvard University

BASIS Assets and Market Innovation Lab Seed Grant, A Quasi-experimental Study of a Discontinued Index Insurance Program

Columbia University's Center for International Business Education and Research, Business Model for a Microfinance-based Community Health Worker Program

Grand Challenges Canada Rising Stars in Global Health, A Microfinance-based Community Health Worker Program

Some Student Fellowships

USDOT Federal Highway Commision Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship, Kayleigh Campbell, 2015

Columbia Global Policy Initiative Fellowships, Eyal Frank, Anthony D'Agostion, and Eugenie Dugoua, 2015

Environmental Protection Agency - Science to Achieve Results (STAR)

Government of Japan


National Science Foundation Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Rockefeller Foundation

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship

U.S. Department of Education - Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship program



Aaron Baum: "The impact of reduced access to care on chronic disease outcomes: evidence from a natural experiment." Presented at Society of General Internal Medicine's Annual Conference, Hollywood, CA -- May 2016.

Kimberly Lai Oremus: "New England Cod Collapse and Climate." Presented at AGU Oceans Research Conference, New Orleans, LA -- February 2016.

Kayleigh Campbell: "Measuring and Visualizing Accessibility in Nairobi." Presented at The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference, Houston, TX -- October 2015.

Eyal Frank: "Farmers, Bats, and Pesticides Use: Using White Nose Syndrome To Learn About The Beneficial Spillover Effects of Bats on Farmers." Presented at the NBER  2015 Summer Institute, Energy and Environmental Economics Workshop, Egg Timer Presentations. 

Francis Annan: "Federal Crop Insurance and the Disincentive to Adapt to Extreme Heat: Theory and Evidence" Presented at the American Economic Association 2015 Meeting, Boston MA Jan 3-5.

Anthony D'Agostina: "Moist Static Energy as an Indicator of South Asian Summer Monsoon Dynamics." Presented at the American Geophysical Union's 2014 Fall Meeting

Kayleigh Campbell: “Do Cities that had Rail Transit in 1920 have Lower CO2 Emissions Today?" Presented at the International Planning History Society Conference in St. Augustine, FL—July 2014

Kayleigh Campbell: “Historical Transit and CO2 Emissions Today". Presented at the Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference in New Brunswick, NJ—March 2014

James Rising: "Global Benefits of Marine Protected Areas".  Presented at the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade in Brisbane, Australia-- July, 2014.

James Rising: "Coupling Natural and Human Systems for Resource Conflict".  Presented at the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Baltimore, MD--  July, 2013.

James Rising: "Insights from Multi-Level Fisheries Management".  Presented at the Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference in Tokyo-- January, 2013.

Aaron Isaac Baum: "Microfinance institutions as a platform for global health delivery: Evidence from a randomized pilot program.” Northeastern Universities Development Consortium, "--November 2014 and Global Health and Innovation Conference, Yale University --April 2013

Xiaojia Bao: “Distributive Impacts of Dams and Governmental Responses in County Level in China.” Presented at the 18th Annual EAERE Conference (European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists) in Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy—June 2011

Johannes Castner:  “The Evolution, or Diffusion, of Social Norms on a Network: The cases of Foot Binding and Female Genital Mutilation.” Presented at  the 17th Annual Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science, Modeling & Complexity in Santa Fe, NM—June 2011

Amir Jina: “Perceptions of Climate Risk: Autonomous Adaptation of Farmers in Gujarat, India.” Presented at ICARUS II- Climate Vulnerability & Adaptation at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor—May 2011

Booyuel Kim: "Project-Malawi: HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Chimutu and Chitukula." Presented at the3rd Malawi International Medical Conference in Lilongwe, Malawi—August 2011

Gordon McCord: “Improving Empirical Estimation of Demographic Drivers: Malaria Ecology and Child Mortality.” Presented at the American Economic Association in Denver, CO—January 2011

Kyle Meng: “Adapting to Predictable Weather Changes: Chinese Farmers and the Monsoon Onset.” Presented at the American Economic Association Annual Meeting in Denver, CO—January 2011

Jose Carlos Orihuela: “An Environmental Resource Curse? Governing Air Pollution from Smelters in Chuquicamata and La Oroya.” Presented at the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) 11th Biennial Conference: Advancing Sustainability in a Time of Crisis in Oldenburg and Bremen, Germany—August 2010

Jose Carlos Orihuela: “Economic Progress, Environmental Failures: Mining in La Oroya, 1890s-2010.” Presented at Environments: The 79th Anglo American Conference of Historians in London, UK—July 2010

Gordon McCord: "Spatial Modeling of Indian Agriculture, Economic Activity and Population under Climate Change." Presented at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, CA—December 2010

Ram Mukul Fishman: “Extraction of an Exhaustible Resource with Hyperbolic Discounting - Committed, Naive and Sophisticated Policies.” Presented at the 17th annual European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in Amsterdam, the Netherlands—June 2009

Solomon Hsiang: “The Tropical Cyclone Climatology of the Caribbean.” Presented at the Northeast Tropical Conference in Rensselaerville, NY—June 2009

Lily Parshall: “Climate Change and New York City's Energy Sector: Vulnerabilities, Impacts, and Adaptation Strategies.” Presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix, Arizona—January 2009  

Lily Parshall: “Urban Climate Modeling, Heat Island Mitigation and Local Knowledge: Co-Producing Science for Urban Policy.” Presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix, Arizona—January 2009

Anna Tompsett: “Multisector Complementarities in Development and Aid” Actors, Markets and Institutions in Developing Countries Summer School, Namur, Belgium-June 2009

Ram Mukul Fishman: “An Entitlement Approach to Address the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Rural India." Presented at the American Geophysical Union 2008 Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA—December 2008


Some MA Titles

"Rainfall Variation and National Incomes in Sub-Saharan Africa: Can We Incorporate More Information About Rainfall Distributions?"

“Integrating Inter-Annual Climate Variability Forecasts into Weather-Indexed Crop Insurance.”

"Measuring the capacity of irrigation in India to buffer against inter-annual rainfall fluctuations"

"Surface temperature and economic growth in the Caribbean"

"Political Dimensions of Health Equity in Mozambique"

"Scaling Up Malaria Control in Africa: An Economic and Epidemiological Assessment"

"Effects of a Sanitary Towel Distribution Campaign on Girls' Attendance in Coast Province, Kenya"

"Agricultural Development in the United Arab Emirates: A Case Study in the Context of Sustainable Development"

"The Impact of Agricultural Shocks on Education Expenditure: Gender-Differentiated Response in Ghana"


Some Dissertation Titles

Saifedean Ammous: Alternative Energy Science and Policy: Biofuels as a Case Study

Jessica Barnes: Governing Flow: The Politics of Water Distribution and Use in Egypt

Ram Mukul Fishman: Theoretical and Applied Dimensions of Natural Resource Management

Solomon Hsiang: Essays on the Social Impacts of Climate

Chandra Kiran Krishnamurthy: Essays on Resource Management, Agriculture and Hydrologic extremes

Margaret MacLeod: Essays on Human Capital in Sustainable Development

Gordon McCord: Essays in Malaria Ecology and Economic Development

Daiju Narita: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage and Climate Change Mitigation: An Economic and Policy Analysis

Anisa Khadem Nwachuku: Critiquing Economic Frameworks in Sustainable Development:  Health Equity, Resource Management & Development Objectives

Jose Carlos Orihuela: Journeys toward Sustainable Development: Policy Entrepreneurs and the Rise of the Green State in Chile and Peru

Lily Parshall: Improving Energy Policy with Spatial Decision Support Systems: Three Case Studies from Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States

Marta Vicarelli: Essays on Climate Risks and Vulnerability-Reduction Strategies

Mark Orrs: Visual Impairment and Sustainable Development: Demands for and Impacts of Surgical Cataract Extraction in Sub-Saharan Africa

James Rising: Scales for Scales: An Open Look at the Open Sea

Tse-Ling Teh: Governing Uncertainty: Financial Policies for Risk