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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance

Studying at Cambridge


Laura Villalobos-Fiatt


Laura is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. Her areas of interest include development, public policy, environmental and labor economics. Laura also collaborates with the Environment for Development Network (EfD initiative) and currently she is in the Department of Land Economy at University of Cambridge as a visiting scholar.

At present, Laura is investigating the effects of weather variation on human capital. Do bad weather conditions increase school absenteeism? To what extend absenteeism impacts academic performance? Those are questions Laura is addressing as part of her dissertation. She has also worked on the environmental and social impacts of forest conservation policies. For example, she has looked at the effects of protected areas, such as national parks, on local communities' wages. She has also worked with the evaluation of the effects of the Payments for Environmental Services in Costa Rica and Forest Certification Labels in Sweden. Other topics that call her attention include the behavioral aspects of environmental risk communication, spatial and behavioral modelling of vector transmitted diseases, and energy policies. She graduated from the Department of Economics at the University of Costa Rica, and holds a Master degree on Environmental Economics from the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center, Turrialba, Costa Rica.