Emi Uchida

  • Department Chair
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Phone: 401.874.4586
  • Email: euchida@uri.edu
  • Office Location: Coastal Institute 216


My research seeks to advance sustainability science by uncovering the complex dynamics between poverty and natural resources, with a focus on examining how policies, market-based solutions and other incentives contribute to environmental sustainability and poverty reduction. I have conducted research in Asia, Africa and the U.S., utilizing original household surveys, field experiments, spatial data and applied econometrics. I have led large interdisciplinary research teams to study ecosystem services from rural and urban landscapes, forests, and coastal ecosystems, with the goal of supporting stakeholders to make more informed, science-based decisions.


Ph.D. Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, 2006.
Master of Environmental Management (Resource Economics and Policy) Duke University, 2001.
Diploma in Development Studies, Institute of Developing Economies Advanced School, 1999.
B.S. Political Science, Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), 1995.

Selected Publications

  • Roy, S., E. Uchida, S.P. de Souza, B. Blachly, E. Fox, K. Gardner, A. Gold, J. Jansujwicz, S. Klein, B. McGreavy, W. Mo, S. Smith, E. Vogler, K. Wilson, J. Zydlewski, and D. Hart. (2018) “A multiscale approach to balance trade-offs among dam infrastructure, river restoration, and cost.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(47): 12069-74.
  • Sullivan, K., T. Sproul, E. Uchida, and J. Xu. (2018) “Prospect theory and tenure reform: Impacts on forest management”. Land Economics 94(3): 405-424.
  • E. Uchida, S. Swallow, A. Gold, J. Opaluch, A. Kafle, N. Merrill, C. Michaud, and C. Gill. (2018) “Integrating watershed hydrology and economics to establish a local market for water quality improvement: A field experiment.” Ecological Economics 146: 17-25.
  • McNally, C., E. Uchida, and A. Gold. (2011) “The effect of a protected area on the tradeoffs between short-run and long-run benefits from mangrove ecosystems.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 108(34): 13945-13950.