Environmental Policy Group

The Environmental Policy Program (EPP) focuses on research and training activities designed to enhance the quality of environmental policy in Georgia and the world. To accomplish our activities, we partner with scholars and practitioners around the globe, and receive support from a diverse set of donors, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation and the private sector. Faculty and students in the program have research interests in a variety of areas including:

  • Air Quality
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Energy
  • Environmental Valuation
  • Environmental Gentrification
  • History of Welfare Economics
  • Land Use
  • Natural Disaster Management
  • Program Evaluation
  • Regulatory Enforcement and Compliance
  • Risk Analysis
  • Social Effects of Environmental Policies
  • Spatial Econometrics
  • Urban Environmental Quality
  • Water Quality

In addition to publishing high-quality policy research, EPP members advise and train policymakers and practitioners by organizing educational workshops, by publishing non-technical versions of our research in popular media outlets, and by serving on advisory panels for influential organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Global Environment Facility, National Institute of Health and the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. Our faculty serve or have served as editor or on the editorial boards of Conservation Biology, Environmental Evidence, Journal of Environmental Economics & Management, and Land Economics and have received a variety of awards, including the Fulbright Scholar Award, Cozzarelli Prize from the National Academy of Sciences, University Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award (2010, 2011), National Bureau of Economic Research Faculty Fellow, Lone Mountain Fellow (2007-2009), Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund Visiting Scientist, World Wildlife Fund Senior Science Fellow and David C. Lincoln Fellow.