MARmaED Early Stage Researcher from Canada has started working at the Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group at the Wageningen University on 23 February 2016.
Sanmitra Gokhale has started at the Wageningen University.
Environment and economics are frequently pitted against one another in the media. This debate and the question of whether pursuing interest in one necessarily means sacrificing the other, has always fascinated me. As I pursued my B.A. in Economics at York University (Canada), I tried to gain a deeper understanding in this theme from modules like ecological economics and developmental economics. I additionally took modules in subjects like philosophy, psychology, history, political science and computer science as I wanted to broaden my intellectual horizons and develop myself as an interdisciplinary researcher. I then did my Masters degree in Finance (Economics and Finance) at the University of Durham (UK). For my Masters thesis, I investigated the effects of oil price movements on macroeconomic variables and the stock markets of nations with varying carbon intensities.
My PhD is titled as “A portfolio approach to operationalize ecosystem-based management in fisheries.” I will be applying Portfolio theory to fisheries, where I can build models/portfolios which can incorporate a variety of factors and find the optimal mix based on a number of risks and constraints. I will also investigate the resilience of the portfolios to exogenous shocks, the strength of the ecosystem to these shocks and the extent to which ecosystem resilience and higher yields in fisheries are antithetical interests.
My supervisors are Dr.Andries Richter and Dr.Rolf Groeneveld, both from the Environmental Economics and Natural Resources group at Wageningen University.