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Kelsey Jack

Kelsey Jack is an associate professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and director of the Poverty Alleviation Group at the Environmental Market Solutions Lab (emLab). Kelsey conducts research at the intersection of environmental and development economics, with a focus on how individuals, households, and communities decide to use natural resources and provide public goods. Much of her research uses field experiments to test theory and new policy innovations. She has conducted research in numerous countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and has ongoing work in South Africa, India, Ghana, Zambia and Niger. She joined the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara after seven years as an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Tufts University and a postdoc position at MIT, with the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI) at J-PAL. She holds a bachelors degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University. Before graduate school, she spent two years in Lao PDR working for IUCN.

Recent Publications

Global Cooperation in the Time of COVID-19
Oct. 5, 2020 | IGCC Experts Weigh In
COVID-19 is pushing countries and communities to the brink. How is the pandemic playing out in different regions and countries, and will this collective global challenge facilitate a cooperative global response—or just the opposite? Experts from across the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation weigh in.

COVID-19 in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: What does the future hold?
Oct. 5, 2020 | Lindsay Morgan interviews Kelsey Jack
In this interview, Kelsey Jack, an associate professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara; and director of the Poverty Alleviation Group at the Environmental Market Solutions Lab (emLab), discusses the impact of COVID-19 on low- and middle-income countries; why the pandemic may undermine support for climate change efforts; and what are the prospects for cooperation among global development institutions.