Sabina Shaikh


Gates-Blake, Rm. 111
(773) 834-4405

Sabina_200_square.pngDr. Sabina Shaikh is the Director of the Program on Global Environment and  a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.  She is also the founder and director of the Environment, Agriculture and Food (EAF) working 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 sustainability related to climate change, water management and land use to the economics of ecosystem change in the developing world. She was recently the co-lead investigator on a grant by the National Science Foundation to study climate change and water sustainability in the Cambodia Mekong Delta.

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 greeing campus operations. She is currently the faculty advisor for the University of Chicago Frizzell Memorial Series and the Zero-Waste Athletics Campus as a Lab Initiative.

Dr. Shaikh is a board and committee member for environmental organizations throughout Chicago including Greenleaf Advisors and the Delta Institute.  

Dr. Shaikh has published in numerous scholarly journals including Land Economics, Ecological Economics and Economic Inquiry.  She has recently contributed book chapters to Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services,the Handbook of Metropolitan Sustainability and the forthcoming 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.

Talks & Workshops

"Rural livelihoods in Cambodia: the effects of financial credit availability, markets remoteness and natural resource accessibility"

"A Community on Ecosystem Services: Linking Science, Practice, and Decision Making" (Jacksonville, Florida, December 5-9, 2016)

"Bulldog Sustainability, Yale University" (Yale University, New Haven, CT, April 1, 2016)

"Elective Supper Club" (Illinois Humanities Council and Land & Sea Dept, Chicago, IL, March 2, 2016)

"River FEWS" (National Science Foundation--University of Washington, Seattle, WA, December 10-12, 2015)

"Using practicum-based learning to engage students in greening a City" (North American Association of Environmental Education 44th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, October 16, 2015)

"Athletes and Sports Leaders Advancing Green Behavior" (Panel Moderator, NASCAR Green Summit, Chicago, IL September 2015)

Green Sports Alliance Annual Summit (Chicago, IL June 29 - July 1, 2015)

Sports & Society (University of Chicago, May 12th 2015)

Booth FEAD Fall Forum: "Feeding the World: How do we prepare to feed 9 billion people by 2050 without overwhelming the planet?", (University of Chicago, November 17, 2014)

TEDxUChicago: "Make no Little Plans" (University of Chicago, April 19, 2014)


Environmental Management and Planning in the Calumet Region (ENST 27220, Spring 2015/16)

Issues in Urban Studies (PBPL 24650, Summer 2016)

Practicum in Environmental Management (ENST/PBPL 26433, Fall 2016/17)

Economics and Environmental Policy (Environmental Studies (ENST) 21800, Fall 2016/17)

Food and Environment Practicum: Research on Campus Cafes (ENST/PBPL: 26433, Winter 2016)

Environment, Agriculture, and Food: Economic & Policy Analysis (ENST/ECON/PBPL 26530, Spring 2016/17)

Environmental Economics (ECON 26500, Winter 2015/16)

Public Policy Analysis: Economics for Public Policy (PBPL 20000)

Selected Papers

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, Forthcoming 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.

“Further Consideration and the Effects of Value of Time Clustering on Congestion Pricing.”  Harris, J and S. Shaikh. Working Paper, 2010.

“The Greening of Buildings.”  Tolley, G. S. and S. Shaikh. Issues of the Day: 100 Commentaries on Climate, the Environment, Transportation, and Public Health Policy. I. Parry and F. Day. RFF Press, Resources for Future, 2010.

“Investment Niche or Market Necessity: Climate Change, Land Use and Energy.”  Brandes, U. and S. Shaikh. Urban Land Institute: Washington, DC. 2009.

“The Effect of Uncertainty on Contingent Valuation Estimates: A Comparison.”  Shaikh, S.L., L. Sun, and G.C. van Kooten. Ecological Economics, 62(1), April 2007.

“Are Agricultural Values a Reliable Guide in Determining Landowners’ Decisions to Create Forest Carbon Sinks?”  Shaikh, S.L., L. Sun, and G.C. van Kooten. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 55 (1) 2007.

“Recreation Demand Choices and Revealed Values of Leisure Time.”  Larson, D.M. and S.L. Shaikh. Economic Inquiry, 42(2) April 2004.

“A Two-Constraint Almost Ideal Recreation Demand System.”  Shaikh, S.L. and D.M. Larson. Review of Economics and Statistics, 84(4) November 2003.