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Katrina Mullan

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Katrina Mullan

Assistant Professor
Liberal Arts 412 ยท (406) 243-4655
Office Hours:

Tuesday 2.30-3.30pm; Thursday 9.30-10.30am; or by appointment

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.


2009 Cambridge University, PHD

2001, University of London, MSc

2000, Cambridge University, BA

“Detecting and interpreting secondary forest on an old Amazonian frontier” (with Jill Caviglia-Harris, Michael Toomey, Daniel Harris, Andrew Bell, Erin Sills and Dar Roberts), Journal of Land Use Science, forthcoming

“The estimation of long term impacts of China’s key priority forestry programs on rural household incomes” (with Can Liu, Hao Liu, Wenqing Zhu and Qingjiao Rong) Journal of Forest Economics, 2014, Vol 20(3), pp 267-285

“The reliability of retrospective data on asset ownership as a measure of past household wealth” (with Erin Sills and Simone Bauch), Field Methods, 2014, Vol 26(3), pp223-238

“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.

Current Couses

Spring 2015: 

ECNS 560 - Advanced Econometrics

ECNS 494 - Senior Seminar

Fall 2014: 

ECNS 201 - Principles of Microeconomics

ECNS 433 - Economics of the Environment

Spring 2014: 

ECNS 560 - Advanced Econometrics

ECNS 596 - Empirical Research Design

Fall 2013: 

ECNS 201 - Princples of Microeconomics

ENCS 433 - Economics of the Environment

ENCS 569 - Empirical Research Design

Fall 2012: 

ECNS 201 - Principles of Microeconomics

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) What are the impacts of forest conservation policies on rural poverty and household behavior?

(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.