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Grant McDermott

Economics.
Environment.
Data science.

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Grant McDermott CV

Please note: The most recent version of my CV (PDF) can be found here.

+1 805 895 7480
gmcdermott@ucsb.edu
www.grantmcdermott.com
Bren Hall 4508, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Research interests: Environmental and natural resource economics. Applied econometrics. Uncertainty and Bayesian learning.

Appointments

2015–Present Postdoctoral scholar, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Education

2015 PhD in Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). Dissertation: Water. Energy. Climate. Essays in empirical environmental economics.
2011 MSc in Economics and Business Administration, NHH, GPA: A.
2011 MSc in International Management, CEMS, GPA: A.
2005 BCom (Hons) in Economics, University of Cape Town (UCT).
2004 BBusSc, UCT.

Visits

2014/2015 Visiting scholar, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UCSB
Spring 2011 CEMS exchange student, Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisbon, Portugal

Research

Publications

“Resolving Disputes over Ocean Calamities”, with Matthew G. Burgess, BioScience, 65(12), 1115–1116, 1 December 2015. (Link to paper.)

“Electricity Prices, River Temperatures and Cooling Water Scarcity”, with Øivind A. Nilsen, Land Economics, 90(1), 131–148, 1 February 2014. (Link to paper.)

Working papers

“Hydro power. Market might.” Job Market Paper. (Link to paper.)

“Sceptic priors and climate policy” (Link to paper.)

“Five rules for pragmatism in managing blue growth.” With Matthew G. Burgess et al.. Revise and resubmit at Marine Policy.

Works in progress

“What would Thomas Edison have paid for Google?” With Christopher Costello and Michael Ward.

“Protecting bycatch species by rebuilding global target fisheries.” With Matthew G. Burgess et al.

“The blue paradox: Preemptive overfishing in marine protected areas.” With Christopher Costello and Kyle Meng.

Report chapters

“South Africa Compliance Analysis”, with James Morrissey and Davina Mendelsohn, in “Governing Global Climate Change: St Petersburg Compliance Report for the ‘G8 Plus Five’ Countries”, Maria Banda and Joanna Langille (eds.), G8 Final Compliance Report 2007, Oxford: G8 Research Group Oxford, 1 June 2007. xiii + 190 pp. (Link to report.)

“The Current Status of the EPWP (Infrastructure) in the Western Cape”, with Anna McCord, Kim Adonis and Lisa van Dongen. Prepared for the Western Cape Provincial Treasury & Department of Transport And Public Works CAPE. Public Works Research Project, SALDRU, UCT, 24 March 2006. (Link to report.)

Seminars, workshops and conference presentations

2016 Association of Environmental and Resource Economists summer conference (Breckenridge, June); Google Earth Engine Summit (Mountain View, June)

2015 Econometric Applications in Climatology workshop (Guelph, May)

2014 World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economics (Istanbul, June)

2013 Nordic Econometric Meeting (Bergen, June); NHH-UiB (University of Bergen) PhD Workshop (Bergen, May); Bergen Economics of Energy & Environment Research conference (Bergen, May)

2012 Norwegian National Research Schools Conference (Kristiansand, August); International Energy Workshop (Cape Town, June); Bergen Economics of Energy & Environment Research conference (Bergen, May); The Econometric Game (Amsterdam, April); NHH-UiB PhD Workshop (Bergen, January)

2011 Nordic Econometric Meeting (Sønderborg, May)

Refereeing activity

Energy Policy; Energy Economics; Journal of Environmental Economics and Management; Natural Resource Modeling

Teaching

2015 Guest lecturer for Natural Resource Economics & Policy (ESM242), UCSB.
2011–14 Teaching assistant and occasional lecturer for various Master-level courses, including Petroleum Economics (ECN420), Econometric Techniques (ECO402), and Econometric Analysis and Applications (ECO433).
2008 External examiner, Energy for Sustainable Development (E4SD), Lund University.
2005 Tutor for various undergraduate economics courses, UCT.

Awards and Scholarships

Professor Wilhelm Keilhaus Memorial Fund, 2014–2015
Norges Bank fund for economic research, 2014–2015
NHH PhD Research Scholarship, 2011–2015
Norwegian Government Scholarship, 2009–2011

Selected Professional Experience

NKC Independent Economists, Economist, 2009
Millennium Cycle for Change, Expedition member, 2008
IBM Global Financing, Field sales executive, 2007
South Africa Labour Development Research Unit, Researcher, 2006

Software

R, Stata, Git(Hub), GAMS, some GIS, Python and SQL. Various products within the Google Cloud Platform for handling and analysing big data (BigQuery, Compute Engine, Earth Engine, etc.)

References

Christopher Costello
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
University of California, Santa Barbara
Tel: +1 805 893 7612
Email: costello@bren.ucsb.edu

Kyle Meng
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
University of California, Santa Barbara
Tel: +1 805 893 4339
Email: kmeng@bren.ucsb.edu

Steve Gaines
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
University of California, Santa Barbara
Tel: +1 805 893 4339
Email: gaines@bren.ucsb.edu

Øivind A. Nilsen
Department of Economics
NHH Norwegian School of Economics
Tel: +47 55 95 92 81
Email: oivind.nilsen@nhh.no

Linda Nøstbakken
Department of Economics
NHH Norwegian School of Economics
Tel: +47 55 95 91 34
Email: linda.nostbakken@nhh.no