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Durham University

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Dr Ashar Aftab, BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCLTHE

Assistant Professor in Economics, PhD Deputy Programme Director in the Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46352
Room number: MHL 140

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Ashar Aftab is an environmental economist specialising in agri-environmental land use issues, particularly agricultural externalities. He is interested in using choice experiments to design incentives that mitigate environmental problems in developing countries and/or made worse by climate change. He is an expert in modelling interdisciplinary agri-environmental catchment systems using nonlinear biophysical economic optimization. He is currently working on incentivising flood adaptation/mitigation measures and policies to control diffuse pollution using spatial targeting in agricultural landscapes.

Dr Aftab holds an MSc and PhD from the University of Edinburgh.

PhD Supervision

Prospective PhD students interested in researching interdisciplinary environmental issues are encouraged to contact him. 

Research Groups

Business School

Research Interests

  • Agricultural economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Economics of climate change in developing countries
  • Economics of diffuse/nonpoint water pollution and flooding