Knowledge for a sustainable world

BA Hons, MsC., PhD

Dr Pamela Katic has a first degree in Economics from the Universidad de San Andres (Argentina), and a Masters in Environmental and Resource Economics and PhD in Economics from the Australian National University. Her PhD thesis was developed under the ANU-UNESCO Chair in Water Economics & Transboundary Water Governance and it entailed applications of optimal groundwater management in the Guarani Aquifer System in South America. In 2011, she joined the West Africa Office of the International Water Management Institute, a CGIAR institution, as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Economics. In this position and later as a Research Fellow in Economics in the same institution, she gained considerable experience assessing the constraints and opportunities of innovative agricultural investments and policies in developing countries. She joined NRI in August 2017 as a Social Scientist focusing on quantitative socio-economic methods.

Pamela has led and participated in over twenty innovative interdisciplinary research projects and has been active in public forums such as agricultural sector working groups and teams advising the implementation of agricultural research for development programs in the West Africa region. Pamela’s research has been translated into high-quality articles in some of the world’s leading water, environmental and economics journals and she has presented her work in a variety of regional and high-profile international conferences. She has also taken an active role in non-profit initiatives such as the Food, Water, Energy and Environment network, where, as the Volta Basin Chair, leads activities in the region to provide decision-makers at all levels with the knowledge and frameworks to effectively manage trade-offs.

Pamela has field experience in numerous African countries (especially in West Africa) and South America. She is fluent in Spanish (mother tongue), English, and speaks some French and Portuguese. She has strong analytical skills in the following methods: econometrics; Bayesian models; cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis; policy analysis matrices, SAM/CGE modelling; hydro-economic modelling; dynamic optimization; and mathematical programming.

  • Agricultural and environmental/resource economics, particularly in relation to land and water resources.
  • Poverty, livelihoods and sustainability.
  • Design and evaluation of economic policy instruments.
  • Ecosystem services valuation.
  • Impact evaluations of agricultural interventions.
  • Risk assessments and design of optimal insurance products for agricultural investments.

Key relevant assignments included:

  • Project team leader on the development of a publicly available virtual decision support tool (http://iwmi-tagmi.cloudapp.net/) that facilitates targeting and scaling-out of groundwater based irrigation technologies in the White Volta River Basin in Ghana and Burkina Faso (project funded by the CGIAR Water, Land and Ecosystems Program).
  • Design of an impact evaluation of irrigation investments on equity across gender and age: comparison of impacts across large, medium and small-scale irrigation systems on employment, income and other livelihood aspects Faso (project funded by the CGIAR Water, Land and Ecosystems Program).
  • Policy-oriented research on the financial and economic viability for national economies of alternative rice production systems in West African ecologies (project funded by the Government of Japan and USAID).
  • Team member of a scoping mission led by NEPAD and two CGIAR Research Programs (AAS and L&F) that assessed the value chains of the Southern Volta basin in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
  • Profitability and market access research to improve returns to investments on shallow groundwater irrigation in the Volta Basin, as part of several CGIAR funded projects. Project team leader of value chain analysis to identify socioeconomic and institutional barriers that constrain smallholder irrigators from participating and benefiting from existing and emerging value chains.
  • Ayantude, A., Katic, P.G., Cofie, O. and E. Abban. (2016). Improving agriculture and food security in the Volta Basin, in Williams, T., Mul, M., Biney, C., Smakhtin, V. (Eds.) The Volta River Basin: Water for Food, Economic Growth and Environment, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Grafton, R. Q., McLindin, M., Hussey, K., Wyrwoll, P., Wichelns, D., Ringler, C., Garrick, D., Pittock, J., Wheeler, S., Orr, S., Matthews, N., Ansink, E., Aureli, A., Connell, D., De Stefano, L., Dowsley, K., Farolfi, S., Hall, J., Katic, P.G., Lankford, B., Leckie, H., McCartney, M., Pohlner, H., Ratna, N., Rubarenzya, M., Raman, S., Wheeler, K. and J. Williams. (2016). Responding to Global Challenges in Food, Energy, Environment and Water: Risks and Options Assessment for Decision‐Making, Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, 3(2), 275-299.
  • Katic, P.G. and J. Morris. (2016). Targeting investments in small-scale groundwater irrigation using Bayesian networks for a data-scarce river basin in Sub-Saharan Africa, Environmental Modelling & Software, 82, 44-72.
  • Katic, P.G. (2015). Groundwater spatial dynamics and endogenous well location. Water Resources Management, vol. 29(1), 181-196.
  • Katic, P.G., J. Lautze and R. Namara. (2014). Impacts of Small Built Infrastructure in inland valleys in Burkina Faso and Mali: Rationale for a systems approach that thinks beyond rice? Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Parts A/B/C, 76–78, 83-97.
  • Katic P.G. (2014). Improving West African rice production with agricultural water management strategies. in Grafton R., Wyrwoll P., White C., Allendes, D. eds. Global Water: Issues and Insights, Canberra: Australian National University Press, 27-32.
  • Katic, P.G., R.E. Namara, L. Hope, E. Owusu and H. Fujii. (2013). Rice and irrigation in West Africa: achieving food security with agricultural water management strategies. Water Resources and Economics, 1, 75-92.
  • Katic, P.G. and R.Q. Grafton. (2012). Economic and spatial modelling of groundwater extraction. Hydrogeology journal, (5), 831-834.
  • Katic, P.G. and R.Q. Grafton. (2011). Optimal groundwater extraction under uncertainty: Resilience versus economic payoffs. Journal of Hydrology, 406 (3–4), 215-224.
  • 2015-date: Volta Basin Chair – Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network (www.fe2wnetwork.org)
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