Examining Environmental Education with University of Chicago’s Dr. Sabina Shaikh

January 9, 2015

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Dr. Sabina Shaikh is an Economics Lecturer in the Program on Global Environment and Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. She is the founder and Director of the Environment, Agriculture and Food (EAF) working group, in which she leads undergraduate and graduate students on research projects related to urban environment and food policy issues. Dr. Shaikh and her students recently contributed to the creation of a new national green certification for foodservice establishments, and are currently working with local partners on a sustainability plan for Chicago’s professional sports community. Her research and teaching focuses on the economics of the environment and includes applications to urban sustainability in the City of Chicago related to climate change, water management and the valuation of natural assets, the connections between natural resources, environment and food systems and the economics of ecosystem change in the developing world. Dr. Shaikh contributes services as a board and committee member for several organizations in Chicago including the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition, Greenleaf Advisors and the Metropolitan Planning Council. She is also the co-principal investigator on a recently awarded National Science Foundation grant by the National Science Foundation to study the impacts of hydropower development and climate change on water sustainability and agricultural productivity in the Mekong River Region of Cambodia. Dr. Shaikh has published in numerous scholarly journals, including American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Ecological Economics, Economic Inquiry, Environmental Practice and Land Economics. She has recently contributed book chapters to Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services and the Handbook of Metropolitan Sustainability. At the University of Chicago, Dr. Shaikh teaches environmental economics, economics for public policy and environment, agriculture and food economics and policy. Dr. Shaikh holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Davis.

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