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Faculty Image Katrina Mullan
Office: Liberal Arts 412
Phone: (406) 243-4655
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Katrina Mullan studies the impacts of forest conservation policies on the livelihoods of rural households, with a current focus on Brazil and China. She uses panel surveys and remote sensing data to conduct quantitative empirical analyses, and has published in journals such as the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy and World Development. Dr. Mullan joined the University of Montana in 2012 to teach courses in Environmental Economics, Econometrics and Microeconomics. She has a PhD in Environment and Development Economics from Cambridge University, and previously advised on environmental policy for the UK government and the European Environment Agency.

Office Hours:

9-10.30am Tuesday; 1-2pm Thursday; or by appointment

Field Of Study:

Environmental Economics; Development Economics; Applied Econometrics

Research Interests:

Global efforts to address climate change and biodiversity loss increasingly require commitments from developing countries that they will make substantial reductions in current and future deforestation. My research examines the potential implications of this for poverty alleviation and ecosystem service provision. I focus on three specific questions:  

(1) Does current deforestation contribute to sustainable development?

(2) How have past reductions in deforestation and increases in afforestation affected rural poverty?

(3) How effective are alternative policy mechanisms for forest protection?

To answer these questions I primarily use quantitative empirical methods, relying particularly on spatially-referenced panel datasets.


Fall 2013: 

ECNS 201 - Princples of Microeconomics

ENCS 433 - Economics of the Environment

ENCS 569 - Empirical Research Design


2009 Cambridge University, PHD

2001, University of London, MSc

2000, Cambridge University, BA

Selected Publications:

“Migration and Mobility on the Amazon Frontier” (with Jill Caviglia-Harris and Erin Sills), Population and Environment, 2013, Vol. 34 (3), pp 338-369.

“Participation in Payments for Ecosystem Services programs: accounting for participant heterogeneity” (with Andreas Kontoleon), Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2012, Vol. 1 (3), pp 235-254.

“Forest figures: Ecosystem services valuation and policy evaluation in developing countries” (with Paul Ferraro, Kathleen Lawlor and Subhrendu Pattanayak), Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2012, Vol. 6 (1), pp 20-44.

“Improving Household Surveys Through Computer Assisted Data Collection. Use of Touchscreen Laptops in Challenging Environments” (with Jill Caviglia-Harris, Simon Hall, Charlie MacIntyre, Simone Bauch, Daniel Harris, Erin Sills, Jeffrey Dawson, Brian Klitch, Dar Roberts, Michael Toomey, Hoon Cha),  Field Methods, 2012, Vol. 24, pp 74-94.

“Land tenure arrangements and rural-urban migration in China” (with Pauline Grosjean and Andreas Kontoleon), World Development, 2011, Vol. 39(1), pp123-133.

“When should households be compensated for land-use restrictions? A decision-making framework for Chinese forest policy” (with Andreas Kontoleon, Tim Swanson and Shiqiu Zhang), Land Use Policy, 2011, Vol 28 (2), pp 402-412.