Dr. Pam Jagger, EPPSA Director, University of Michigan (Jagger CV October 2019)

Pam Jagger is an applied political economist at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. She also holds a Research Associate Professor position in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a Faculty Fellow at the Carolina Population Center. Her research focus is analyzing the human welfare and environmental impacts of environment and development policies and projects. She has written extensively on poverty and environment linkages, environmental income, natural resource governance, and energy poverty. She has led major field research projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. She leads the Forest Use, Energy and Livelihoods Lab.







Dr. Andy Grieshop, PI, North Carolina State University

Andy Grieshop is an environmental engineer in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at NC State University, where he directs the Grieshop Atmosphere and Environment Lab (GAEL). His research broadly focuses on the interaction between energy systems and the environment, mostly by studying air emissions and their impacts. Specific focus areas include: sources and evolution of atmospheric aerosols, characterization of in-use emissions from mobile and stationary combustion sources, linkages between air pollution emissions and climate change, air pollution exposure assessment, technical policy analysis of the environmental impacts of energy systems, and energy and environment in developing countries. An over-arching goal is applying creative engineering to enable measurements of environmental and energy systems that supports effective energy interventions and policy decisions. He has conducted international field measurement campaigns in several countries including India and Malawi.


Dr. Barbara Entwisle, Co-PI, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Barbara Entwisle is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Adjunct Professor of Geography, Affiliate Faculty in the Ecology and Environment Curriculum, and Fellow of the Carolina Population Center.  As a social demographer, her research focuses broadly on the study of social, natural, and built environments and consequences for a range of demographic and health outcomes.   Early in her career, she was part of the team that developed statistical methods for multilevel analysis that are in common use today.  More recently, she has led innovation in the integration of social and spatial data, measurement, modeling, and analysis.  She contributed to the design of major longitudinal surveys in China, Russia, and Thailand, and the US. Her current research focuses on migration processes and population-environment interrelationships.  Dr. Entwisle’s has received five departmental awards and one university-wide prize for her teaching and mentorship. Her former students and postdocs hold positions at major research universities, contract research organizations, and NGOs.  She regularly serves on advisory committees and review panels for the NIH, NSF, and National Academy of Sciences.  Her research contributions have been recognized by her election as President of the Sociological Research Association (2015), President of the Population Association of America (2007), and Fellow of the AAAS (2003).




Dr. Mike Emch, Co-PI, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Michael Emch is W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Geography and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also Chair of Geography and a Fellow of the Carolina Population Center. His expertise is in infectious disease ecology, spatial epidemiology, neighborhood determinants of health, and geographic information science applications of public health. He leads the Spatial Health Research Group which conducts research that explores spatio-temporal patterns of disease, primarily infectious diseases of the developing world. Disease patterns are studied using a holistic approach by investigating the role of natural, social, and built environments in disease occurrence in different places and populations. For more information see the Spatial Health Research Group website at spatialhealth.web.unc.edu/.


Dr. Erin Sills, Co-PI, North Carolina State University

Erin Sills is a professor of forest economics and coordinator of international programs in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University, and a research associate of CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research), EfD (Environment for Development), and Imazon (Amazon Institute of People and the Environment). She has a PhD in natural resource economics from Duke University, and a BA in public policy from Princeton University. Her research focuses on the economics of multiple-use forest management, including quantifying the value of non-timber benefits from forests, modeling the behavior of households who own and use forests, and evaluating the causal impacts of conservation policies on forests and on human welfare.



Dr. Steve Kelley, Co-PI, North Carolina State University
Dr. Steve Kelley is a Professor, and former Department Head, in Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University. He is teaching or has taught classes in Sustainable Building Materials; Wood Chemistry; and Wood Composites. He has supervised or co-supervised more than twenty graduate students and postdoctoral associates working on bioenergy, biomaterials, environmental life cycle analysis, and technical and economic systems analysis and optimization.  He currently serves as the co-chair of the NCSU Sustainability Council. He has also worked for the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and in private industry for Eastman Chemical Co.In addition, he currently serves as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, on the Editorial Boards of three international science and technology journals, as the President of CORRIM, a nonprofit focused on using environmental life cycle analysis tools to evaluate wood-based materials, and as a Trustee with a private Foundation that uses impact investing to address challenges in early childhood education and health, and also supports innovative forestry and farm systems.



Dr. Charles Jumbe, LUANAR, Malawi

Charles B.L. Jumbe is a Professor of Economics at the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development (CARD) under the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). He holds a PhD in Economics from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway). Before joining the University in 1996, he had worked as an Economist in several government departments including the Office of the President and Cabinet in the Department of Economic Planning and Development (1990-1993), Ministry of Energy and Mining (1993-1996) and Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (1995- 1996).

With more than 20 years of research experience, he has worked on a wide range of areas or topics such as renewable and non-renewable energy, biofuels, monitoring and evaluation of development projects, environment and climate change, agriculture, food and nutrition security, natural resource management, forestry, efficient cookstoves, water and sanitation, rural development, poverty and vulnerability assessment. He has conducted baseline (situational) analysis, mid-term evaluation and impact evaluation (end of project) of development interventions. He has strong quantitative and statistical skills for undertaking impact evaluation of development interventions using both qualitative and quantitative techniques. All his research aims at informing policy and program development that address developmental challenges faced by the rural and urban poor communities in their efforts to fight poverty in a more sustainable manner. He has conducted collaborative research with a number of international organizations and universities such as University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Purdue University, and Michigan State University and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in the United States of America; SCANTEAM and Norwergian Unversity of Life Sciences in Norway; University of Oxford, Scotland Rural College, University of Greenwich and Imperial College (London) in the United Kingdom; Swedish Environment Insttute in Sweden; German Development Institute and Renewable Energies (Munich) in Germany;  Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and University of Cape Town in South Africa.


Dr. Gillian Kabwe, Copperbelt University, Zambia

Dr. Gillian Kabwe is a Senior Lecturer of Forestry, Agroforestry and Rural Development, and is the current Head of Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. Gillian holds a PhD in Agroforestry from Lincoln University, New Zealand, MSc in Forestry from Stellenbosch University, South Africa and a BSc in Forestry from University of Wales, Bangor, UK. Her research interests are in socio economic aspects of forestry and agroforestry. Gillian worked with the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) under which she managed a transboundary project for the Chinyanja Triangle (Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia) funded by USAID. Gillian has been involved in research and consultancies pertaining to charcoal and timber production and trade, forestry extension and technology adoption. In addition to lecturing, Gillian has undertaken and still does capacity building for local communities. Currently she is involved in research on: Developing value chain platforms to address food security in East and Southern Africa, funded by ACIAR; Edible wild orchids trade: sustaining livelihoods and biodiversity in Zambia, funded by Darwin Initiative, UK; and the Landscape Forestry in the Tropics, Towards policy approaches for improving livelihoods, sustainable forest management and conservation (Laforet) Project funded by Thunen Institute of Germany.


Dr. Sara Feresu, University of Zimbabwe


Dr. Clemence Zimudzi, University of Zimbabwe


Dr. Isla Grundy, University of Zimbabwe Isla Grundy is the coordinator of the Masters program in Tropical Resource Ecology (MTRE) in the Department of Biological Sciences, a program which has been successfully training students in the sustainable use and management of southern Africa’s natural resources since 1972.She teaches various plant and social ecology courses at undergraduate and post-graduate level and her research with the University of Endiburgh and the University of Sheffield has included livelihoods and ecosystem services derived from indigenous vegetation, both in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In her new position with its broader environmental focus, Isla will be able to draw on the networks she developed both while studying in the UK as well as working as an academic and researcher in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Australia.




Dr. Felix Kalaba, Copperbelt University Felix has over 10 years experience working on forest ecosystems of Africa. He is an interdisciplinary researcher, competent in using quantitative and qualitative tools in various natural resources based research. Felix holds a PhD in Environment from the University of Leeds, as well as an MSc in Forest Science and a BSc in Forestry from the Copperbelt University. He currently holds the post of Senior Lecturer at the Copperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambia. Dr. Kalaba’s work has a strong focus on Environment and development particularly addressing ecosystem services, and adaptation of rural communities to climate variability and climate change in Africa.   He is further passionate on understanding forest’s as socio-ecological systems hence his Interests in studying people’s dependency on forest and socio-economic factors and institutions that influence human-environmental interactions. Felix is interested in understanding governance of natural resources from local to international scale and exploring policy interaction between different sectoral policies, their coherency as well as their implementationFelix has also provided consultancy services on various projects for various organizations among them the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UNCCD/Foundation for Sustainable Development. He is further involved in providing insights in forest and environmental governance at national level and regularly participated in various meetings addressing forest resources management. 



Dr. Thabbie Chilongo, LUANAR, Malawi

Dr. Thabbie Chilongo is the current Head of the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development (CARD) based at Bunda Campus of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi. His main responsibility as Director of CARD is to provide leadership in coordination of the administrative and technical issues of the Centre’s three units: Agricultural Policy Research Unit (APRU), Agricultural Policy Analysis Training Unit (APATU) and the Training and Consultancy Coordinating Unit (TCCU). Dr. Chilongo is also a seasoned researcher and academician with over 14 years’ experience. He specializes in Agricultural, Development and Resource Economics. His research interests include rural livelihoods, resource management, poverty and general socioeconomic developmental issues. As an academician, Dr. Chilongo has supervised and taught at all levels (BSc., MSc. and PhD). Some of the courses he teaches include Research Methods for Social Sciences, Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis, Agricultural Marketing and Econometrics. Analytically, Dr. Chilongo has a bias in quantitative econometric analysis although he frequently applies a mixed methods approach of both quantitative and qualitative analyses. In his work, Dr. Chilongo collaborates with both research and academic institutions both locally and internationally where he has made a very wide peer network. Related to this, Dr. Chilongo is a local collaborator in the CNH Project.


Dr. Cheryl Weyant, University of Michigan

Cheryl is an interdisciplinary air pollution scientist working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Michigan. Her research centers around combustion technologies for household and industrial energy. For her PhD, she measured and characterized aerosol emissions and their climate effects, focusing on emissions from household biomass cooking, kerosene lighting, industrial brick-making, and gas flaring. When she stepped back from these smokey plumes, she could see that there was a complicated human landscape connected to each of these technologies. So, now she is delving into the field of economics to research how combustion technologies are being used by people and what drives change. She is currently investigating household cooking technology transitions in Southern Africa and how this impacts exposure to pollutants and resulting health impacts.




External Advisory/Evaluation Team

Dr. Sian Curtis, Measure Evaluation

Dr. Randy Bluffstone, Portland State University

Dr. Bothwell Batidzarai, University of Cape Town

Dr. Davison Gumbo, Center for International Forestry Research


First EPPSA Project Meeting in 2018, Malawi