Sabina Shaikh

Director, Program on Global Environment
Senior Lecturer, Environmental and Urban Studies in the College

Faculty, Committee on Geographical Sciences
Faculty Director, Chicago Studies
Faculty Co-Lead, Environmental Frontiers Initiative, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation
Faculty Fellow, Center for International Social Science Research, University of Chicago, 2017-present
Faculty, Seed Grant Recipient, Social Science Research Council, University of Chicago 2018-present

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Dr. Sabina Shaikh is Director of the Program on Global Environment and a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Public Policy Studies in the College, the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and a member of the Committee for Geographical Sciences.  She is the faculty director of the Chicago Studies Quarter and associated activities and co-leads the new Urban Environment Resarch Group. As an environmental economist, her research and teaching focuses on the economics of environmental policy and natural resource management, including market-based mechanisms for pollution control and the economic valuation of ecosystem services.  Her research ranges from urban environment and health outcomes to water management and land use in the developing world. Her collaborative research on water sustainability in the Mekong Basin of Cambodia has been funded by the National Science Foundation and recently through a Faculty Fellowship from the Center for International Social Science Research and the Social Science Research Center at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Shaikh teaches courses on environmental economics, public policy, agricultural and food policy, and runs practicum courses and experiential learning projects on topics including food sustainability, sports and environment, and greening campus operations. She is a board and committee member for environmental organizations throughout Chicago including the Delta Institute, Big Green, Greenleaf Advisors and Communities, the Metropolitan Planning Council and the Plant Chicago.

Dr. Shaikh has published in a range of scholarly journals including Ambio, Applied GeographyEcological Economics , Economic Inquiry, Land Economics, and most recently in Current Diabetes Reports in 2018.  She has contributed book chapters to Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services, the Handbook of Metropolitan Sustainability and the recently published Handbook on Sport, Sustainability and the Environment.

Dr. Shaikh holds a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Davis.


Selected Papers

Underutilized and Under Threat: Environmental Policy as a Tool to Address Diabetes Risk. Shaikh, S., J. Jagai, C. Ashley, S. Zhou and R. Sargis, Current Diabetes Reports, May 2018.

Economics, Sports & the Environment:  Incentives and Intersections.” Sanderson, A. and S. Shaikh, in Handbook on Sport, Sustainability and the Environment, Routledge, 2017.

Molecular tools for bathing water assessment in Europe: Balancing social science research with a rapidly developing environmental science evidence-base.  Oliver, et. al. Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment, 2015

“Value of Time Clustering and the Efficiency of Destination-Based Congestion Pricing.”  Harris, J and S. Shaikh. Environmental Practice, 13(1) March 2011.

“The Geography of Ecosystem Service Value: The Case of the Des Plaines and Cache River Wetlands.”  Kozak, J, C. Lant, S. Shaikh and G. Wang. Applied Geography, 31(1), January 2011.