Elizabeth Robinson is Professor of Environmental Economics at the School of Agriculture, Policy, and Development, University of Reading, UK; and holds a non-resident associate position in Environmental Economics at the Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Elizabeth lived in Tanzania for over four years where she worked with Environment for Development Tanzania as a research associate and taught on the AERC Collaborative Economics PhD programme at the University of Dar es Salaam. She was then resident in Ghana for a year and a half, working with the International Food Policy Research Institute, before moving back to the UK.
Elizabeth’s research focuses on the intersection of people and the natural environment, in particular how policies and institutions can be designed to protect both resource-dependent livelihoods and the natural resource base. Methodologically, Elizabeth focuses on explicitly spatial and temporal models of resource extraction, on spatial optimal enforcement models, and combining anthropological and economic data collection approaches. Her current research in Tanzania includes: Designing optimal incentives and spatial enforcement mechanisms for managing wildlife and forests; Improving the potential for successful implementation of REDD in Tanzania; and Assessing Tanzania’s marine protected areas.
Elizabeth’s recent research focusing on the interface between people and protected areas has been published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Ecological Economics, and Land Economics amongst other journals.