Simona Trandafir

  • Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Phone: 401.874.7428
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  • Office Location: Coastal Institute 212


My research background is in Environmental Economics with a focus on:

  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Food Consumption
  • Water Quality Policies


Ph.D. Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, 2008
M.S. Environmental and Natural Resource Management, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania, 2001
B.S. Environmental Engineering, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania, 1999

Selected Publications

  • Mazzocco, V., Hasan, T., Trandafir, S., and Uchida, E. ( 2022). Economic Value of Salt Marsh Under Uncertainty of Sea level Rise: A Case Study of Narragansett Bay”, Coastal Management50:4, 306-324, DOI: 10.1080/08920753.2022.2078174
  • Tyler, D. Bidwell, T. Smythe, & S. Trandafir (2021). “Preferences for community benefits for offshore wind development projects: A case study of the Outer Banks of North Carolina”, U.S. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2021.1940896
  • Trandafir, S., V. Gaur, P. Behanan, H. Miao, C. Lang, and E. Uchida (2020). “How Are Tourists Affected By Offshore Wind Turbines? A Case Study Of The First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm”. Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics: Vol. 7, Issue 1, Article 1
  • Zia, A., K. Messer, S. Ding, H. Miao, J. Suter, J.R. Fooks, T. Guilfoos, S. Trandafir, E. Uchida (2020). “Inducing cooperative behaviors for managing non-point source pollution: Evidence from a decision game in an idealized watershed”. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, vol. 146, Issue 8
  • Guilfoos, T. & H. Miao, S. Trandafir, E. Uchida (2019). “Social learning and communication with threshold uncertainty,” Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 81-101
  • Miao, H., J.R. Fooks, T. Guilfoos, K. D. Messer, S. M. Pradhanang, J. F. Suter, S. Trandafir, and E. Uchida. “The Impact of Information on Behavior under an Ambient-Based Policy for Regulating Nonpoint Source Pollution.” Water Resources Research 52, no. 5: 3294–3308. doi:10.1002/2015WR018142.
  • Simona Trandafir. (2017). “Municipal Energy Trends in Rhode Island”. Technical report submitted to R.I. Office of Energy Resources, Providence, R.I.
  • Simona Trandafir (2009), “A Strategic Model of Investment and Competition among Container Ports”, Paper presented at the 22nd Rhode Island Transportation Forum, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island
  • Opaluch, J., T. Grigalunas, C. Anderson, D. Jin and S. Trandafir (2009), “Policies to Affect the Pace of Leasing and Revenues in the Gulf of Mexico”, U.S. Department of Interior, Mineral Management Service, Economics Division, Reston, VA
  • Grigalunas, T., S. Trandafir, M. Luo, J. Opaluch, and S. Kwon (2004), “Port Development and the Environment: External Costs from Dredge Disposal and Air Pollution”, J. of International Trade and Environment, Vol.1: 30-72