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Kirsten Oleson, PhD


Environmental economics advisor

Kirsten Oleson is an ecological economist with Blue Ventures Conservation, an affiliated scholar at Stanford University, a National Science Foundation International Research Fellow and currently resides with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawaii. Her research is at the interface of environmental ethics, economics, and policy. Currently she is working on assessing the economic costs and benefits and equity implications of a community-managed octopus reserves in southwest Madagascar. Over the next two years, she will be working with Blue Ventures Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society, and World Wildlife Fund to determine the economic impacts of climate change on marine protected areas in Madagascar.

She has published on environmental accounting methodologies and modelling environmental impacts of trade. Between 2007 and 2009, she was a post-doctoral teaching fellow with Stanford’s Masters in Public Policy Program. She taught courses on policy analysis, collective action, and interdisciplinary research design, and convened an environmental norms workshop and an environmental ethics working group.

Kirsten earned her Ph.D. from Stanford’s Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (2007), a Master’s in Applied Environmental Economics (Imperial College of London 2005), and degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering (M.Sc. Technical University of Delft 1998; B.Sc. University of Virginia 1996). Between 1998 and 2003, Kirsten worked at the World Bank supervising environmental assessments of large infrastructure projects.

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