Subhrendu Pattanayak

Subhrendu Pattanayak is the Oak Professor of Environment and Energy Policy, Duke University, USA and a faculty fellow at SANDEE. He studies how human behaviours relate to the environment by collaborating with ecologists, epidemiologists, statisticians, and other social scientists. To this end, he attempts to build models to analyze the causes and consequences of human behaviours, using estimated parameters in integrated simulation tools to help design behavioural interventions (policies). His research has been in two domains: i) evaluation of ecosystem services (primarily from forests) and ii) economics of environmental health. In both cases, he has focused on socially marginal populations, and examined policies that are motivated by enormous inequities and a range of efficiency concerns—externalities, public goods, and imperfect information. In order to fund, design, implement, and disseminate results from this research, he has collaborated closely with policy makers in multi-lateral, national, state, and local governments, as well as NGOs, academics, and local research organizations in India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the USA. Pattanayak is a SANDEE research advisor.