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Brent Swallow, PhD, MSc, B.S.A.


Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology

About Me

Job/Research Area

Environment and Development Economist


  • World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, Kenya. Distinguished ICRAF Associate, May 2009.
  • International Water Resources Association (IWRA) award for the Best Paper published in the IWRA journal,Water International, in 2006.
  • International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) award for Best Paper presented at the 2008 biannual meeting for the “paper that does the most to improve understanding of linkages between global and local commons.”
  • Zayed International Prize for the Environment, 2005. Awarded to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (contributing author).
  • University of Alberta Graduate Student Association, Outstanding Supervisor Award, 2014


  • Trustee, Bioversity International, Rome, Italy, 2013-present.
  • Advisory Committee Member, Water, Land and Ecosystems Research Program, Columbo, Sri Lanka, 2017-present.
  • Edmonton Food Council, 2013-2016.
  • Chair, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, 2009-2014.


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests

  • Climate change mitigation in agriculture and forestry
  • Rural poverty and economic development
  • Water and watershed management
  • Market-based instruments for environmental management
  • Land tenure and property rights
  • Economics of land use
  • Food deserts and local food economy


AREC 173, Plate, Planet and Society, Since 2009.  This course incorporates a CommunityServices-Learning component which allows students to fulfill course objectives while gaining volunteer experience with food-related NGOs in the Edmonton region.

AREC 375 / INTD 303. Economics of World Food and Agriculture, Since 2013.  

ENCS 473.  Environmental Policy, Since 2016.