Mook Bangalore

PhD candidate in Environmental Policy and Development

Department of Geography and Environment

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Key Expertise
Weather shocks, Household welfare, Distributional impacts of climate change

About me

As a global community, we have many overarching goals to combat climate change and improve living standards. For these larger goals to be achieved, an examination and an improvement of people’s lives at the local level is fundamental. My research focuses on these local impacts, examining how environmental shocks and environmental policies influence people’s lives using household surveys in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to my PhD, I worked in the Climate Change Group at the World Bank. I hold a BSc in Environmental Policy from Rutgers University and an MSc in Environment and Development from LSE.  

My thesis examines the impact of environmental shocks and environmental policies on people’s lives in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa using household surveys. First, on environmental shocks, I examine the impact of floods, droughts, and storms on household welfare in Vietnam and Nigeria. Here, I combine panel household surveys with satellite data to examine the impacts of shocks, what adaptive responses households undertake in response, and how this differs across contexts. Second, on environmental policies, I investigate the impact of a large-scale energy policy to switch households from using kerosene to using liquefied petroleum gas for cooking in Indonesia.

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Environment and Society (at New York University) – Academic Year 2020

Academic supervisor
Charles Palmer 

Selected publications