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Elena Irwin

Elena Irwin

Elena Irwin
Elena Irwin
Professor
Contact Information

316 Agricultural Administration Building
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210
irwin.78@osu.edu
Telephone: 614-292-6449
Fax: 614-292-0078

Degree information

B.A., German & History, Washington University (1988)
Ph.D., Ag. & Resource Economics, University of Maryland (1998)

Elena Irwin is an environmental and urban economist and specializes in land use economics and human-natural systems. Her research focuses on spatial modeling of land use and the development of integrated models of land use and ecosystem services at local and regional scales. Current projects include the development of empirical and simulation-based spatial models of urbanization and agricultural land use decisions to examine the influence of policies on land change patterns and impacts on ecosystem services in several US study regions. She has published in a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary academic journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Land Economics, Annual Review of Resource Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Regional Science and Urban Economics and Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. She is a co-investigator on several research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, including a coupled natural-human systems project focused on farmer decision making and Lake Erie water quality and the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, a Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project focused on urban sustainability. Her research has also been funded by the USDA’s Economic Research Service and US Forest Service, Ohio Sea Grant Program and the James S. McDonnell Foundation. She is the 2008 recipient of the North American Regional Science Council’s Hewings Award for distinguished young scholars in regional science and a co-recipient of the 2009 Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America. She currently serves as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Needs and Research for Land Change Modeling and is an associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. She advises AEDE graduate students and is a faculty leader in the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) undergraduate major at Ohio State University.
 

 

Interests

Land Use Economics; Urban Economics; Environmental Economics; Applied Spatial Analysis; Coupled Human-Natural Systems

Presented by Elena Irwin at the 3rd Annual World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Midwest Conference, Columbus, OH, December 3, 2013.
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Date published:
December 3, 2013
Course number Course title Semesters offered
AED ECON 4330 The Sustainable Economy: Concepts and Methods Spring
AED ECON 7999 Research Hours Autumn, Spring
AEDE ECON 4567 Assessing Sustainability: Project Experience Spring
Each summer one of the most highly anticipated events for AEDE’s faculty and students takes place: the annual meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). AAEA is the premier professional organization for agricultural and applied economists working in the U.S. At this year’s meeting, which was held from July 27-29 in Minneapolis, nearly 20 AEDE faculty and students presented their research.
Doctoral student Wendong Zhang was recently awarded the 2014 Bernie Erven Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award from the department. The prize is given annually to a graduate student who best exemplifies the tradition of teaching excellence demonstrated by AEDE Emeritus Professor Bernie Erven.
Students in “Assessing Sustainability: Project Experience” (ENR 4567), which is co-taught by Elena Irwin and Gregory Hitzshusen, recently presented their research to the City of Columbus’ Mayor’s Green Team. The work conducted by the students will contribute to the development of the Green Team’s “Green Memo III” which is the city’s next five-year plan for sustainability that the Mayor will unveil in 2015.
AEDE's Elena Irwin and Ian Sheldon participated in a panel discussion with economist Jeffrey D. Sachs during the Ohio State University Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program and COMPAS (Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society) conference on April 4th. They shared their thoughts on sustainable development at the special event, which more than 1,000 people attended.
AEDE's Elena Irwin and Ian Sheldon will discuss sustainable development at a panel discussion with Jeffrey Sachs April 4 during the annual Ohio State University Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program and COMPAS (Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society) conference. The event is free and open to the public.
In a research project recently funded by the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, AEDE's Dr. Elena Irwin and PhD student Wendong Zhang are working to develop an economic model that will help policymakers decide which conservation practices will raise the value of the Lake Erie ecosystem to its residents and visitors.
Maintaining its strong presence in the field of regional economics, AEDE recently sent a dozen faculty members and doctoral students to Atlanta, Georgia for the 60th annual North American meeting of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). Dr. Mark Partridge and Wendong Zhang received awards at the event.
AEDE’s Brent Sohngen, Elena Irwin, and Barry Ward will headline a panel discussion at this year’s Farm Science Review: “Water Quality: State and National Concerns and Consequences”. The discussion will focus on the impact of agricultural production practices on Ohio’s water resources. The panel will be moderated by Matthew Roberts.
The 2013 Farm Science Review will be held from September 17-19, 2013 at Ohio State’s 2,100 acre Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. AEDE faculty, staff and students will have active roles at this year's event.
The 2013 meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) will be held from August 4-6, 2013 in Washington D.C. AEDE will have a very strong presence at the gathering with more than two dozen faculty and students in attendance. AEDE faculty and graduate students will also present their research at a number of the meeting's events.

Pages

September 17, 2013
Brent Sohngen, Elena Irwin, Barry Ward and Matthew Roberts in Farm and Dairy
Presented at Ohio State's Stone Laboratory on July 10, 2014. First presentation: Dr. Elena Irwin , Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University, "A Sustainability Science Approach to Lake Erie: Assessing the Linkages and Trade-offs Between...
AEDE's Elena Irwin and Ian Sheldon participated in a panel discussion with economist Jeffrey D. Sachs during the Ohio State University Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program and COMPAS (Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society) conference on April 4th. They shared their thoughts on...
Jul 10 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Elena Iriwn will present her research " “A Sustainability Science Approach to Lake Erie: Assessing the Linkages and Trade-offs Between Agricultural Land Management and Lake Ecosystem Services” at Ohio State's Stone Labratory on Lake Erie's Gibraltar Island on Thursday, July 10th. Irwin will present...
Dec 6 2013 - 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Professor Elena Irwin will speak at George Washington University's Urban Planning Research Symposium on Friday, December 6, 2013. The gathering will focus on Land Use & Resiliency. Dr. Irwin's area of specialization is land use economics and human-natural systems. Her research focuses on...
Sep 17 2013 (All day) to Sep 19 2013 (All day)
The 2013 Farm Science Review will be held from September 17-19, 2013 at Ohio State’s 2,100 acre Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. Learn more about the many roles that AEDE faculty, staff and students will have at this year's event, including headlining a panel discussion on water...
Nov 7 2012 (All day) to Nov 10 2012 (All day)
From November 7-10, 2012, the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) , which is a member of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) , will hold its 59th annual conference in Ottawa, Canada. AEDE will have a strong presence at the meeting with faculty members Alessandra...