About

Babatunde Abidoye is a Senior Economist (Consultant) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) leading the work on impact evaluation and economics of climate change adaptation including incorporating the use of data science and satellite images to improve adaptation decisions. He is an Affiliate Professor and George Mason University and an Extraordinary Lecturer at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Background

Babatunde was previously an Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) at University of Pretoria, South Africa under the Bill and Melinda Gates Research grant to the University. Babatunde was a research fellow at the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) and Bureau of Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Pretoria, South Africa. He holds a PhD in Economics and Statistics from Iowa State University, USA and was a visiting fellow at Yale School of Forestry and Environment.

Babatunde’s work has focused on understanding interventions that can help alleviate poverty and achieve SDGs under different risks and uncertainties such as climate change and conflicts. This includes understanding effectiveness of current strategies and testing new methods of adapting to climate change using experimental and non-experimental techniques.

Research interests

  • The economics of adaptation to climate change
  • Program and Policy Impact Evaluation
  • Applied Econometrics
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