Zachary  Turk

Zachary Turk

PhD candidate in Environmental Economics

Department of Geography and Environment

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Key Expertise
Unilateral and non-cooperative environmental policy

About me

I am a first-generation student with a pre-university background in trades, logging, and military service which informs my research into non-cooperative environmental policy. These are instances of choosing optimal policies constrained by public and firm expectations over consumption, production, and regulatory reach. I believe this will be a growing field as we confront complex environmental problems that are not amenable to negotiated agreements and coordinated effort. Among the issues non-cooperative policies might address are what I consider the big three issues of our time:

  • Holdouts and defectors from global climate change mitigation agreements
  • Biodiversity loss among species without positive market values
  • Nonbiodegradable refuse (including nuclear waste) and recycling

On teaching and research, I am seeking a tenured track assistant professor or lecturer position at a university without an established environmental economics curriculum (but must have natural science programs on campus). I expect there will then be substantial demand and I would enjoy introducing the curriculum and research area to students from diverse backgrounds. I would like to teach environmental economics, international trade, microeconomics or macroeconomics, and/or causal inference courses at the undergraduate and master’s levels.


  • Ph.D. Environmental Economics, LSE, 2020 (expected before fall term)
  • M.E.Sc. Environmental Science, Yale University, 2017
  • M.S. Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Davis, 2015
  • B.B.A. Business Economics, Boise State University, 2014

Positions held:

  • Student Trainee (Economist), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, 2016
  • Research Intern for the Director of the Salt Lake City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, 2013-2014
  • Intelligence Analyst (including remote sensing), U.S. Navy, 2002-2007

Teaching assistant record:

  • Sustainable Development, LSE, Fall 2019
  • Economics of the Environment (master’s level), Yale University, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
  • Econometric Theory and Applications, UC Davis, Spring 2015
  • Econometrics, Boise State University, Spring 2014
  • Additional (12) positions grading and tutoring on economic subjects


  • American Economic Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars


  • Prof Ben Groom, Professor of Environment and Development Economics
  • Dr Roger Fouquet, Associate Professorial Research Fellow

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Expertise Details

International trade and externalities; Non-market valuation and preferences for environmental action; Small-scale (local) environmental problems and integrated assessment modelling; Silviculture-based ecosystem services