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NEWS: Katharine R.E. Sims, Cozzarelli Prize Winner

Katharine R. E. Sims, former Pre-Doctoral Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP), is a winner of the 2011 Cozzarelli Prize. The Prize is awarded by the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) to the authors of six papers published in the Proceedings, and “recognizes outstanding contributions to the scientific disciplines represented by the National Academy of Sciences [NAS].” The six papers are selected from over 3,500 published in PNAS—a highly respected, peer-reviewed scientific journal—in 2011 and “represent the six broadly defined classes under which the [NAS] is organized.”

Kate’s paper, co-authored with Paul J. Ferraro and Merlin M. Hanauer, is titled “Conditions associated with protected area success in conservation and poverty reduction” and represents NAS’ Applied Biological, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences section. The paper studies the relationship between the establishment of protected geographical areas intended to conserve biodiversity and the poverty of people living in or near those protected areas. The authors find, among other things, that there is “…no evidence that protected areas trap historically poorer areas in poverty.”

Kate is Assistant Professor of Economics at Amherst College, on leave at Harvard during the spring 2012 semester.  Among Kate’s appointments during her leave, she is a Visiting Scholar with HEEP.

All of Kate’s colleagues and friends in HEEP, the Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard University offer their hearty congratulations!


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