Emily Schmidt



Research Fellow


Emily is a Research Fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division. She works at the intersection of development economics, geographic information systems and land management. She employs a myriad of analytical techniques, including household survey analysis, spatial / satellite data analysis, and hydrological modeling, in order to identify and evaluate research questions. Her research focuses on the dynamic process of rural land transformation, rural employment opportunities and the rural-urban transformation. She has investigated the impact and tradeoff of soil and water conservation investments, determinants of rural-urban migration, and rural employment opportunities and trajectories. Emily holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, where she evaluated the impacts of the Sustainable Land Management Program in Ethiopia.

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