Joshua Graff Zivin

Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, School of Global Policy & Strategy, University of California, San Diego

Joshua Graff Zivin holds dual faculty positions at the School of Global Policy & Strategy and UC San Diego’s Department of Economics, exemplifying his multidisciplinary research. His research interests are broad and include the areas of environmental, health, development and innovation economics. Policy relevance serves as a guiding force behind all of this work.

Much of his current work is focused on three distinct areas of research: the relationship between the environment, health and human capital, the economics of innovation with a particular eye toward the role of institutions, social networks and financial incentives, and the design of health interventions and their economic impacts.

Graff Zivin is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He currently serves as co-director of UC San Diego’s Global Health Institute and research director for International Environmental and Health Studies at the the UC San Diego Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. 

After receiving his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, he was an associate professor at the Mailman School of Public Health and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he served as director of their Ph.D. program in sustainable development.