My research activities and interests

My research ranges from behavioral responses of resource users to different conservation policies such as payments, command and control and community management to simulation based modeling of the mechanisms that lead to (non-)cooperation in common pool resource settings. Since recently, I have become highly interested in machine learning methods and their application to the prediction of both various conservation outcomes and behavioral responses of resource users under different combinations of characteristics.

My current research interests span a range of issues and disciplines. I am an environmental and resource economist. Yet, I rely of behavioral and experimental methods. I also apply agent based modeling and complexity theory to understand the complex interaction between society and nature. As such, I am interested in human behavior so much as I want to know the sustainable use of natural and environmental resources. I am also curios about how we can tap into the increasingly powerful computing power we have today to make the best use of AI to predict human economic decision under various conditions. I find one shot empirical studies less satisfying and I believe that AI can give us an indispensable benefit of flexibility and potential to answer 'what-if' and 'why-not' questions under staggeringly large sets of contingencies.

Conferences

Some conferences where I have presented my papers:

  1. Performance payment and reference levels: a framed field experiment on forest conservation, presenting at EfD Environment for Development Initiative 11th Annual Meeting 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 27-30, 2017.
  2. Forest conservation and motivation crowding: framed field experiment, presenting at the Forest Collaborative Activities in the EfD Environment for Development Initiative 11th Annual Meeting 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 27-30, 2017.
  3. Performance payment and reference levels: a framed field experiment on forest conservation, at the 15th International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy, Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 20-22, 2017.
  4. Forest conservation and motivation crowding: framed field experiment, at Nordiac Annual Environmental and Resource Economics (NAERE) Workshop, Helsinki, Finland, April, 2017.
  5. Forest conservation and motivation crowding: framed field experiment, at the 23rd Annual Conference of EAERE, Athens, Greece, 28 Jun - 01 July, 2017.
  6. Pay groups or pay individuals to conserve forests? Experimental evidence from Ethiopia, at Forest and Livelihoods: Assessment, Research and Engagement (FLARE) Annual Meeting 2016, University of Edinburgh, U.K., December 2-5, 2016.
  7. Reference levels in REDD+: Asking questions to get more questions. CIFOR Workshop, September, 2015, Bogor, Indonesia.

I also had the chance to attend:

  • UNFCCC, CoP 19. November 2013, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Global Landscapes forum. November 2013, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Oslo REDD+ Exchange 2013. October, 2013, Oslo, Norway.