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

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


Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology
(780) 492-6656
5-67 General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H1



Job/Research Area

Environment and Development Economist


  • University of Alberta. Faculty of ALES, International Engagement Award, 2017
  • University of Alberta, Faculty of ALES, Teaching Wall of Fame, 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).

Awards granted to students

  • Thesis co-supervisor of Monica Shandal, Awardee of Outstanding Masters Thesis Award, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES), 2020
  • Thesis co-supervisor of Yangzhe Cao, Awardee of Outstanding Masters Thesis award, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES), 2019.
  • Thesis co-supervisor of Maria Montenegro, Awardee of Outstanding Masters Thesis Award, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and Outstanding Masters Thesis Award, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES), 2017.
  • Thesis co-supervisor of David Kaczan, Awardee of Outstanding Masters Thesis Award, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), 2012 and Outstanding Masters Thesis Award, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES), 2012.


  • Trustee, Bioversity International, Rome, Italy, 2013-2019.
  • 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.

Featured Publications

Ma. T., Swallow, B., Zhong, L., Xu, K., Sang, W. and Jia, L

Environment, Development and Sustainability. . 2022 November; 10.1007/s10668-022-02786-6

Luo, Y., Swallow, B. and W.L. Adamowicz

Land Economics. 2022 October; 10.3368/le.98.4.060120-0074R2

Coupling coordination analysis of China's water resources utilization efficiency and economic development level

Zhang, Y., Khan, S. U., Swallow, B., Liu, W., & Zhao, M.

Journal of Cleaner Production. 2022 September; 373 (133874)

Forest data governance as a reflection of forest governance: institutional change and endurance in Finland and Canada.

Rantala, S., Swallow, B., Lahteenmaki-Uutela,A., Paloniemi, R.

Environmental Science and Policy. 2022 September; 136

Willingness to pay for multiple dimensions of green open space: applying a spatial hedonic approach

Hu, Z., Kobori, H., Swallow, B. and Qiu, F.

Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. . 2022 September; 70 (3):179-201

An insight into the drag effect of water, land and energy on economic growth across space and time: The application of improved Solow growth model

Zhang, Y., Liu, W., Khan, S.U., Swallow, B., and Zhou, C.

Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 2021 August; XXXX

Identifying the Effects of a Land-Use Policy on Peoples Willingness to Pay for Open Space using an Endogenous Switching Regression Model,

Cao, Y., Swallow, B.M., and Qiu, F.

Land Use Policy. 2021 March; 102 (105183)

Governance of forests and governance of forest information: interlinkages in the age of open and digital data

Rantala, S., Swallow, B., Paloniemi, R. and Raitanen, E.

Forest Policy and Economics. 2020 June; 113

Forest conservation policy and motivational crowding: experimental evidence from Tanzania

Kaczan, D.J., Swallow, B.M., and Adamowicz, W.L.

Ecological Economics. 2019 September; 156

What influence do empowered women have? land and the reality of women's relative power in Peru

Montenegro Guerra, M.J., Mohapatra, S., and Swallow, B.M.

Review of Economics of the Household. 2019 September; 17 (4):1225-1255

The roles of risk aversion and climate-smart agriculture in climate risk management: evidence from rice production in the Jianghan Plain, China

Tong, Q., Swallow, B.M., Zhang, L. and Zhang, J.

Climate Risk Management. 2019 July; 100199

On target? Using self-selection models to assess pro-poor targeting of processing technologies for undervalued staples in rural India

Miller-Tait, E.J., Mohapatra, S., Luckert, M. and Swallow, B.M.

Food Security. 2019 January; 11 (1):151-166

Resource use efficiency as a climate smart approach

Salat, M. and Swallow, B.M.

Environments. 2018 June; 5 (93)

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: a policy solution to rural poverty in India?

Breitkreuz, R., Stanton, C.J., Brady, N., Pattison, J., King, E.D.I.O, Mishra, C.S. and Swallow, B.M.

Development Policy Review. 2017 September; 35 (3):397-417

Costs of lost opportunities: applying non-market valuation techniques to potential REDD+ participants in Cameroon

Thompson, D.Y., Swallow, B.M., and Luckert, M.K.

Forests. 2017 July; 8 (60)

Characterizing social networks and their effects on income diversification in rural Kerala, India

Johny, J., Wichmann, B. and Swallow, B.M.

World Development. 2017 June; 94 (1):375-392

Wang H, Swallow BM

Land Use Policy. 2016 January; 59

Ncube K, Shackleton CM, Swallow, BM, Dasanayake D

Food Security. 2016 January; 8 (6):1131-1151

Impacts of fragmentation and neighbour influences on farmland conservation: a case study of the Edmonton-Calgary corridor, Canada.

Qiu, F., Laliberte, L., Swallow, B.M., and Jeffrey, S.

Land Use Policy. 2015 November; 48

Can community gardens and farmers' markets relieve food desert problems? A study of Edmonton, Canada.

Wang, H., Qiu, F., and Swallow, B.M.

Applied Geography. 2014 December; 55

Designing a payments for ecosystem services (PES) program to reduce deforestation in Tanzania: an assessment of payment approaches.

Kaczan, D., Swallow, B.M., and Adamowicz, W.L. (Vic)

Ecological Economics. 2013 November; 95

Social dimensions of procurement auctions for environmental service contracts: evaluating tradeoffs between cost-effectiveness and participation by the poor.

Jindal, R., Kerr, J.M., Ferraro, P.J. and Swallow, B.M.

Land Use Policy. 2013 February; 31

Minang, P.A., M. van Noordwijk, and B.M. Swallow

Agroforestry: The Way Forward. 2012 January;

Crow, B., B.M. Swallow, and I. Asamba

World Development.. 2012 January; 40 (3):528-541

Cerbu, G., Swallow, B.M. and Thompson, Yvette D

Environmental Science and Policy. 2011 January; 14

Yatich, T., B.M. Swallow, O.C. Ajayi, P. Minang, and J. Wakhayanga

Climate Change and African Forest and Wildlife Resources. 2011 January; Chapter 11

Swallow, B. M., B. Leimona, T. Yatich and S. J. Velarde

Ecology and Society. 2010 January; 15 (4):6

Swallow, B., Sang, J., Nyabenge, M., Bondotich, D., Yatich, T., Duraiappah, A., and Yashiro, M

Environmental Science and Policy. 2009 January; 12 (4):504-519

Swallow, B., and Meinzen-Dick, R

Institutions and Sustainability: Political Economy of Agriculture and the Environment. 2009 January;

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

Ecology and Society. 2009 January; 14 (2):26

Arifin, B., Swallow, B., Suyanto and Coe, R

Ecological Economics. 2009 January; 68 (7):2040-2050

Were, E., Roy, J.L. and Swallow, B

Journal of International Development.. 2008 January; 20 (1):69-81

Jindal, R., Swallow, B. and Kerr, J

Natural Resource Forum. 2008 January; 32

Barrett, C.B. and Swallow, B.

World Development. 2006 January; 34 (1):1-15

Swallow, B., Okono, N., Achouri, M. and Tennyson, L. (eds)

FAO and ICRAF: Rome and Nairobi. 2005 January;

Swallow, B

World Development. 2005 January; 33 (2):301-321

Swallow, B.M., Garrity, D.P. and van Noordwijk, M.

Water Policy. 2002 January; 3 (6):449-455

Meinzen-Dick, R., Knox, A., Place, F. and Swallow, B. (eds)

2002 January;

Swallow, B.

FAO: PAAT Technical and Scientific Series. 2000 January; 2

McCathy, N., Swallow, B., Kirk, M. and Hazell, P. (eds)

IFPRI: Washington D.C.. 2000 January;

Cerbu G, Swallow BM, Thompson YD

Environmental Science and Policy. 14 (2):168-180