Bio: Tamma is an EPA STAR Fellow and PhD student in Agricultural & Resource Economics at UC Berkeley, specializing in problems at the intersection of environment and development. As a Rhodes Scholar, Tamma earned an MSc. in Environmental Change & Management and an MSc. in Economics for Development at University of Oxford, where her research addressed climate change adaptation strategies and spatial integration of food markets in East Africa. She was awarded the George Webb Medley prize for best performance in development economics and was Coordinator of the Oxford Food Security Forum. She has a BA in Economics (summa cum laude) from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and before graduate school she worked at the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Economics.
Research: Tamma’s doctoral research seeks to improve quantitative understanding of how global environmental change influences and is shaped by economic development. Her current projects include studies on agricultural subsidies and global water use, crop diversity and farmer welfare in India during the Green Revolution, climate and suicide in modern India, and opium poppy, violence and drought in Afghanistan. She is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago, working with Michael Greenstone and the Climate Impact Lab, an interdisciplinary team developing an empirically-grounded global assessment of climate change impacts through the 21st century.
Fields of Interest: Climate change, water, sustainable development, agriculture, violence
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