Sustainable water and climate policy, and the connections between the environment and the economy, are important areas of focus for research and training in the Department of Economics at the University of Utah. Several of our faculty have expertise in the analysis of these issues.
- Tariq Banuri served as Director of the Division for Sustainable Development for the Department of Economic Affairs at the United Nations from 2008-2011 and also as a member of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change from 2009-2011.
- Haimanti Bhattacharya examines connections between economic development, population growth, and environmental degradation.
- Minqi Li has published on energy, environment, and growth in the context of China.
- Gabriel Lozada specializes in the theory of exhaustible resource extraction and sustainability and has also studied water infrastructure and pricing in Utah.
- Eric Sjoberg is engaged in projects analyzing federalism and the effective enforcement of environmental policy. He is also working with geographers to connect climate data with data on conflict and cooperation over transboundary freshwater basins.
Our department is committed to a pluralistic approach to Economics as a social science. Our research and teaching activities incorporate critical analysis of a variety of theoretical approaches and the generation of applied, policy-relevant research that is informed by this broader inquiry.