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

Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology
Email
brent.swallow@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-6656
Address
5-67 General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H1

Overview

About

Job/Research Area

Environment and Development Economist

Awards

  • University of Alberta. Faculty of ALES, International Engagement Award, 2017
  • University of Alberta, Business Cooperative Education, Mentor of the Year, 2017 
  • University of Alberta Graduate Student Association, Outstanding Supervisor Award, 2014
  • World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, Kenya. Distinguished ICRAF Associate, 2009.
  • International Water Resources Association (IWRA) award for Best Paper published in the IWRA journal,Water International, 2006.
  • International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) award for Best Paper presented at the 2008 biannual meeting 
  • Zayed International Prize for the Environment, 2005. Awarded to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (contributing author).

Service

  • 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.


Research

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

Teaching

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.

Courses

AREC 173 - The Plate, the Planet and Society

A cornerstone course that provides an introduction to social perspectives on everything from what we eat for breakfast to how we protect endangered species and agricultural landscapes. Topics covered include current issues around food production and consumption and issues related to sustainability of our natural and social systems. Debates over new technologies (e.g., GMOs, nanotechnology), food, environment, and health can only be understood in the context of political, economic and personal decisions.

Fall Term 2020
AREC 375 - World Food and Agriculture

Economic issues in international agriculture including the world food problem, agricultural development; agricultural and food trade and policy and selected agricultural biotechnology issues. Selected international applications and issues are stressed. Not to be taken if credit received for INT D 303. Prerequisite: ECON 101.

Winter Term 2021
ENCS 473 - Environmental and Conservation Policy

An overview of principles and programs relating to environmental and conservation policy. Selected local, national, and international environmental policy issues. Not to be taken if credit received in ECON 467. Prerequisite: AREC 200, AREC 365, ECON 365, ECON 369, or FOREC 345. [Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology].

Winter Term 2021
ENCS 673 - Environmental and Conservation Policy

An overview of principles and programs relating to environmental and conservation policy. Selected local, national, and international environmental policy issues. Not to be taken if credit received for ENCS 473 or ECON 467. Prerequisite: AREC 200, AREC 365, ECON 365, ECON 369, or FOREC 345. [Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology].

Winter Term 2021
INT D 303 - Economics of World Food and Agriculture

Economic issues in international agriculture including the world food problem; the role of agriculture in development; agricultural and food trade; biotechnology and associated environmental and globalization issues. Prerequisite: ECON 101 or 102. Not to be taken if credit received for AREC 375. (Offered jointly by the Departments of Economics and Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology (REES)). [REES]

Winter Term 2021

Browse more courses taught by Brent Swallow

Publications

Impacts of HIV / AIDS on food consumption and wild food use in rural South Africa.
Author(s): Ncube K, Shackleton CM, Swallow, BM, Dasanayake D
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Food Security
Volume: 8
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 1131-1151

Optimizing expenditures for agricultural land conservation: spatially-explicit estimation of benefits, budgets, costs and targets.
Author(s): Wang H, Swallow BM
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Land Use Policy
Volume: 59
Page Numbers: 272-283

Community organized household water increases rural incomes, but also men's work
Author(s): Crow, B., B.M. Swallow, and I. Asamba
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: World Development.
Volume: 40
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 528-541

High-carbon-stock rural-development pathways in Asia and Africa: land management contributions to low-carbon-emission economic development
Author(s): Minang, P.A., M. van Noordwijk, and B.M. Swallow
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Agroforestry: The Way Forward
Page Numbers: 127-144

Locating REDD: A Global Survey and Analysis of REDD Readiness and Demonstration Activities
Author(s): Cerbu, G., Swallow, B.M. and Thompson, Yvette D
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Environmental Science and Policy
Volume: 14
Page Numbers: 168-180

Community-based adaptation to climate change in Africa: a typology of information and institutional requirements for promoting update of existing adaptiation technologies
Author(s): Yatich, T., B.M. Swallow, O.C. Ajayi, P. Minang, and J. Wakhayanga
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Climate Change and African Forest and Wildlife Resources
Volume: Chapter 11

The Conditions for Functional Mechanisms of Compensation and Reward for Environmental Services
Author(s): Swallow, B. M., B. Leimona, T. Yatich and S. J. Velarde
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Ecology and Society
Volume: 15
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 6
External Link: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol15/iss4/art6/
A Conjoint Analysis of Farmer Preferences for Social Forestry Contracts in the Sumber Jaya Watershed, Indonesia
Author(s): Arifin, B., Swallow, B., Suyanto and Coe, R
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Ecological Economics
Volume: 68
Issue: 7
Page Numbers: 2040-2050

Compensation and rewards for environmental services in the developing world: framing pan-tropical analysis and comparison
Author(s): Swallow, B. M., M. F. Kallesoe, U. A. Iftikhar, M. van Noordwijk, C. Bracer, S. J. Scherr, K. V. Raju, S. V. Poats, A. Kumar Duraiappah, B. O. Ochieng, H. Mallee, and R. Rumley
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Ecology and Society
Volume: 14
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 26
External Link: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol14/iss2/art26/
Payment for Environmental Services: Interactions with Property Rights and Collective Action
Author(s): Swallow, B., and Meinzen-Dick, R
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Institutions and Sustainability: Political Economy of Agriculture and the Environment

Tradeoffs among ecosystem services in the Lake Victoria Basin
Author(s): Swallow, B., Sang, J., Nyabenge, M., Bondotich, D., Yatich, T., Duraiappah, A., and Yashiro, M
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Environmental Science and Policy
Volume: 12
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 504-519

Carbon Sequestration Projects in Africa: Potential benefits and challenges
Author(s): Jindal, R., Swallow, B. and Kerr, J
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Natural Resource Forum
Volume: 32
Page Numbers: 116-130

Local Organization and Gender in Water Management: a Case Study from the Kenya Highlands
Author(s): Were, E., Roy, J.L. and Swallow, B
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Journal of International Development.
Volume: 20
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 69-81

Fractal Poverty Traps
Author(s): Barrett, C.B. and Swallow, B.
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: World Development
Volume: 34
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 1-15

Potential for Poverty Reduction Strategies to Address Community Priorities: Case Study of Kenya
Author(s): Swallow, B
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: World Development
Volume: 33
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 301-321

Preparing for the Next Generation of Watershed Management Programmes and Projects: Africa
Author(s): Swallow, B., Okono, N., Achouri, M. and Tennyson, L. (eds)
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: FAO and ICRAF: Rome and Nairobi
Page Numbers: 282+xi

Innovation in Natural Resource Management: The Role of Property Rights and Collective Action in Developing Countries
Author(s): Meinzen-Dick, R., Knox, A., Place, F. and Swallow, B. (eds)
Publication Date: 2002
Page Numbers: 317+xv

The Effects of Scales, Flows and Filters on Property Rights and Collective Action in Catchment Management
Author(s): Swallow, B.M., Garrity, D.P. and van Noordwijk, M.
Publication Date: 2002
Publication: Water Policy
Volume: 3
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 449-455

Property Rights, Risk and Livestock Development
Author(s): McCathy, N., Swallow, B., Kirk, M. and Hazell, P. (eds)
Publication Date: 2000
Publication: IFPRI: Washington D.C.
Page Numbers: 437
External Link: http://www.ifpri.org/pubs/books/proprights.htm
The Impacts of Trypanosomiasis on African Agriculture
Author(s): Swallow, B.
Publication Date: 2000
Publication: FAO: PAAT Technical and Scientific Series
Volume: 2
External Link: http://www.fao.org/AG/AGAInfo/programmes/fr/paat/documents/papers/Pos2.pdf.
Locating REDD: A Global Survey and Analysis of REDD Readiness and Demonstration Activities.
Author(s): Cerbu G, Swallow BM, Thompson YD
Publication: Environmental Science and Policy
Volume: 14
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 168-180