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Bryan Vadheim

Class of 2017-2018

About Bryan

(updated 6/2018) Bryan Vadheim is an economist interested in natural resource management at the intersection of science and policy.  A Montana native, Bryan has long been passionate about natural resources, and graduated with honors and degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Economics from Montana State University.  During his undergraduate career he conducted a variety of research on natural resource topics, resulting in academic publications on low-cost water sanitation using concentrated ultraviolet light and conflict mineral policy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as a patent in disinfection technology.  Alongside his research activities, he also helped coordinate water and sanitation projects in rural Kenya with Engineers Without Borders, including on-the-ground implementation and stakeholder engagement.  A 2013 Marshall Scholarship recipient, Bryan earned graduate degrees in Economics (with merit) from the London School of Economics and in Climate Change Science and Policy (with distinction) from the University of Bristol.  As a researcher at the Grantham Research Institute in London during his studies, Bryan worked on spatially disaggregated econometric models of forestry in Indonesia and infrastructure in Ethiopia.  Since 2015, Bryan has worked as an economist on natural resource policy issues at Vivid Economics, a small consultancy in London, and at PanNature, a Vietnamese NGO. He has particular experience in using satellite imagery to inform public policy on forestry, water, and electricity management. He is a co-author of a number of peer-reviewed articles and high profile reports, including the World Bank’s State and Trends in Carbon Pricing 2016 report, and has led the development of a number of projects utilizing remote sensing technology for economic analysis. He has worked extensively with developing country governments and NGOs, with on-the-ground experience in Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Vietnam and Myanmar.    

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