Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Princeton, New Jersey
ph: 609 258 2448
Research Interests: Ecological economics; ecosystem service governance, valuation and distributional considerations; global income inequity and development.
DR. BRENDAN FISHER has training in environmental engineering, natural sciences and economics. He completed an MSc at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University in 2001 having researched forest perceptions in Cambodia. He completed a PhD at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. His dissertation “Distribution and Development” investigated how issues of distribution (moving from plant species distributions to income to climate change policies) affects welfare outcomes. After a brief postdoc with the RSPB, Brendan joined CSERGE in 2006 with a focus on how ecosystem services are produced, how they flow in time and space, and how are the benefits and beneficiaries are distributed across the landscape. This ties in with his interest in inequality/poverty under different conversion scenarios or conservation schemes. His applied research in this area is ecosystem service investigation in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania – a biodiversity hotspot. He is also interested in macroeconomic growth theory and its treatment and implications for welfare and equity outcomes.
He has published in several journals including Ecological Applications, Nature, and Ecological Economics. He was awarded the Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen Award for young scientist in Ecological Economics.
Other interests include hiking, rock climbing, gardening, poetry, yoga, football (soccer to some).