EAF is a scholarly working group focused on topics related to environment, agriculture and food in the Chicago metropolitan region and beyond.  EAF is a scholarly group and does not promote activism or advocacy or any particular positions but rather on the data collection and analysis to address relevant research questions.



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Dr. Sabina Shaikh is the Director of the Program on Global Environment and  a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies and Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.  She founded and has directed the Environment, Agriculture and Food (EAF) working group since 2011. As an environmental economist, her research and teaching focuses on the economics of environmental policy and natural resource management, including market-based mechanisms for pollution control and the economic valuation of ecosystem services.  Her research ranges from urban sustainability related to climate change, water management and land use to the economics of ecosystem change in the developing world. She was recently the co-lead investigator on a grant by the National Science Foundation to study climate change and water sustainability in the Cambodia Mekong Delta. 

Dr. Shaikh teaches courses on environmental economics, public policy, agricultural and food policy, and runs practicum courses and experiential learning projects on topics including food sustainability, sports and environment, and greeing campus operations. Dr. Shaikh is a board and committee member for environmental organizations throughout Chicago including Greenleaf Advisors and the Delta Institute. . 

Dr. Shaikh has published in numerous scholarly journals including Land Economics, Ecological Economics and Economic Inquiry.  She has recently contributed book chapters to Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services, the Handbook of Metropolitan Sustainability and the forthcoming Handbook on Sport, Sustainability and the Environment. 

Dr. Shaikh holds a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Davis.




I am a second-year Environmental and Urban Studies and Political Science major in the college. Back home in Houston, Texas, I have worked with various NGOs centered around conservation and sustainability, and found a passion in exploring various avenues  centered around a more environmentally-conscious future. This summer, I have researched various initiatives by colleges all over the United States to reduce water consumption. In my research, I became particularly interested in the effect that community-based social marketing, a behavioral technique employing the importance of interpersonal relationships and communal accountability, has as a means to conserve water.


I’m a fourth year in the college double majoring in Economics and Public Policy and am serving as this year’s EAF Student Coordinator. I am from Ossining, New York, and I’m passionate about environmental and health policy. On campus, I am on the Frizzell Committee, I tutor local elementary students in art, and I like to play intramural sports. I have been involved with EAF since my first year, and I’m excited to continue to work toward sustainability and social outreach both on campus and throughout Chicago!


I am a fourth year undergraduate majoring in Economics and Environmental and Urban Studies. I grew up in Naperville, Illinois, and I’m really excited to be part of EAF this year. I’ve previously been involved in the UChicago Zero-Waste Committee and am a member of the varsity cross country and track and field teams. I’m interested in the way economic and environmental sustainability interact with one another and the tensions between the two.


I am a fourth year Economics major in the college, excited to join EAF this year while continuing my current involvement with the vibrant Phoenix Sustainability Initiative RSO. Born and raised in Lithuania, I have a deep appreciation for the interactions between natural systems and the built environment, and hope to further study and develop environmentally and financially feasible systems that provide non-hazardous and sustainable access to food, energy and living spaces to all populations in need.


I am a third year undergraduate majoring in Molecular Engineering and Chemistry. I was born in Ecuador but have been raised in Michigan from the age of 6. I look forward to being a part of EAF this coming year. I am interested in learning about sustainable practices in food consumption and waste, as well as the impact that policy and technology will have on current practices to address the challenges of a growing population and climate change. Outside of EAF, I am currently the President of the UChicago Triathlon Club and a research assistant for the Patel Research Group.

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