Director of Graduate Studies DGS), Environ Policy PhD program (UPEP)
Research accessible at AlexPfaff.com
He has studied: impacts on forests of protected areas, incentives, roads, railroads and concessions/certification (Brazil’s Amazon, Costa Rica, United States, Panama, Madagascar, Mexico, Peru, Cameroon, Bolivia); institutional responses to water shocks (Brazil’s Northeast, Colombia, Mexico); drivers of harmful exposures (groundwater arsenic in Bangladesh, stove emissions in China & Pakistan); and incentives for firms to self-audit and disclose (United States). This applied research aims to increase the chance that policies have their intended impacts upon not only the environment but also the people affected.
In The News
Panlasigui, S, Rico-Straffon, J, Pfaff, A, Swenson, J, and Loucks, C. "Impacts of certification, uncertified concessions, and protected areas on forest loss in Cameroon, 2000 to 2013(Accepted)." Biological Conservation 227 (November 1, 2018): 160-166.
Pfaff, A, Velez, MA, Broad, K, Hamoudi, A, and Taddei, R. "Contracts versus trust for transfers of ecosystem services: Equity and efficiency in resource allocation and environmental provision." Water Resources and Economics (April 2018).
Pfaff, A, Robalino, J, Reis, EJ, Walker, R, Perz, S, Laurance, W, Bohrer, C, Aldrich, S, Arima, E, Caldas, M, and Kirby, K. "Roads & SDGs, tradeoffs and synergies: Learning from Brazil’s Amazon in distinguishing frontiers." Economics 12 (March 5, 2018).
Tesfaw, AT, Pfaff, A, Golden Kroner, RE, Qin, S, Medeiros, R, and Mascia, MB. "Land-use and land-cover change shape the sustainability and impacts of protected areas." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115, no. 9 (February 12, 2018): 2084-2089.
Kaczan, D, Pfaff, A, Rodriguez, L, and Shapiro-Garza, E. "Increasing the impact of collective incentives in payments for ecosystem services." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 86 (November 2017): 48-67.