HEEP Hosts Research Workshop for Current and Former Pre-Doctoral Fellows

September 30, 2019
HEEP Pre-Doc Fellows Alumni Workshop Group Photo
HEEP Pre-Doc Fellows Alumni Research Workshop Group Photo

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP) hosted a workshop on September 19 – 20, 2019 for current and former Pre-Doctoral Fellows, featuring 25 research presentations and three professional-development panels. Forty-five current fellows and alumni participated.

HEEP’s Pre-Doctoral Fellows pursue a Ph.D. in one of five doctoral programs at Harvard University. All are focusing on environmental issues through the disciplinary lens of economics. Alumni who participated in the workshop are faculty members in college and university economics departments, schools of public policy, schools for environmental studies, and business schools – and working in consulting firms and multilateral development banks.


(HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellows Kristen McCormack and Michelle Li)

Topics of research panels at the workshop included climate change (with panels on impacts; compliance, investment, and innovation; and methods of analysis and assessment), electricity policy, regulation of local air and water pollution, the relationship between economic development and environmental quality, natural-resource conservation, and petroleum markets.

Maria Acevedo and Fan Zhang

(HEEP alumnae Maria Acevedo (IDB Invest) and Fan Zhang (World Bank) speak during a professional development panel)

This was the fourth HEEP workshop at which current and former Pre-Doctoral Fellows gathered to explore cutting-edge questions in environmental economics. These have been at approximately five-year intervals: HEEP held previous workshops in 2004, 2009, and 2014.

HEEP is grateful to the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School for their generous support of the workshop. The Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics at Harvard University also provided support.