Urban and Environmental Economics
Remote Sensing Science
Climate Mitigation, Impacts, and Adaptation
My research on sustainable urban development focuses on the integration of environmental science with urban and environmental economics. I am interested in the drivers of urbanization patterns in emerging economies and the impact of these patterns on environmental and emissions outcomes. I am currently developing a national scale model of urban growth and energy use across Chinese cities as well as algorithms for satellite measurement of urban expansion across India and China. Why are some Asian cities growing up and others out? What are the implications of this emerging urban spatial structure for energy and environmental policy? How can rapidly developing countries take advantage of the power of urbanization processes to advance economic and environmental objectives?