David Kaczan is an environmental and natural resources economist who joined the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice of the World Bank in September. He completed his PhD in environmental and natural resources economics at Duke University, USA, earlier this year. Prior to doctoral study, David completed an MSc in agricultural and resource economics at the University of Alberta, Canada, and completed undergraduate study in economics and environmental sciences at the University of Adelaide, Australia.
His primary research focus is land use change and forest conservation, with projects on the impact of rural roads on forests in India, deforestation in Brazil, and incentives for forest conservation in Mexico and Tanzania. He has additional research experience in agricultural water management and fisheries management topics. He worked for the Australian National Science Agency, CSIRO, on water and climate policy (in Australia and West Africa), and has experience in environmental policy public outreach and radio broadcasting from his time in Canada.
At the World Bank, David is based in the Washington, DC, office. He is currently working to provide economic analysis and other contributions to fisheries, air quality, and land use projects in the South Asia Region.