Pamela Jagger


Ph.D., Associate Professor, Geography

CPC Phone Number: (919) 962-6254

Campus Office: Abernethy Hall, Room 219A
Campus Phone Number: (919) 962-6848

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Jagger’s research has contributed to the theoretical and empirical literatures on poverty-environment relationships, including providing new insights into the role of reliance on environmental goods and services in rural livelihoods strategies and economic equality. The overarching goal of this research is to understand the relationship between environmental dependence and human welfare; this association is often complex and dynamic, and is mediated by several factors including governance, property rights and land tenure. Research focused on the dynamics of land use change includes a focus on both temporary and permanent rural-rural migration. Household air pollution research links theory and methods from the fields of demography, respiratory epidemiology, nutrition, spatial analysis, and advanced multi-level and longitudinal statistics to understand the population, land use and health dynamics surrounding reliance on biomass for cooking and heating. The core hypothesis of this research is that supply-side factors including land use and land cover change, access to markets, and institutions for environmental management influence biomass fuel use and cooking technology choices, which in turn has implications for health and welfare.

Jagger’s research will continue to examine the health and welfare implications of demographic change, land use transitions and reliance on natural resources. Specifically she will use household-level panel datasets from Malawi, Rwanda, and Uganda to test theories related to poverty and environment linkages. A key question is whether environmental reliance acts as a poverty trap or rather as a pathway out of poverty. Her work on household air pollution involves analyzing data from two field-based projects in Malawi that involve the integration of socioeconomic data, environmental exposure monitoring, and health and welfare outcome data. Jagger is also a co-investigator on a new R01 grant funded by NIEHS that includes an impact evaluation of a private sector fuel and cookstove intervention in Rwanda. Finally, Jagger is exploring whether the complex systems literature provides insights into the social and ecological relationships between natural resource reliance and health and welfare outcomes.

Primary Research Areas:

  • Demography

  • Population Health

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