Professor Euan Phimister
Chair in Economics
Euan Phimister holds a part-time appointment as Professor of Economics in the Business School and is also Professor of Development Finance at the University of Stellebosch Business School, South Africa.
He is a resource economist with long standing research interests in household behaviour in imperfect markets. His recent work focusses on links between energy, rural development and finance, including understanding the interrelationships between access to energy, food production and the governance of common resources in Sub-Saharan Africa. A significant proportion of his work has involved economic modelling including current work on modelling debt sustainability in resource rich countries.
In recent years he has been involved in a range of UK Research Council funded inter-disciplinary projects focussed on Sub-Saharan Africa, involving partners from Ethiopia, Ghana, and Uganda.
Prior to his move to University of Stellebosch Business School, he had spent over 20 years as full time faculty at Aberdeen and within the Business School he has been Deputy Head of School, School Director of Reseach and School Director of Resources. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was the first Director of the School's MSc in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance. He is an Honorary Associate of the James Hutton Institute and is a Panel member for Main Panel A: Sub-panel 6 (Agriculture) in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2020.
REF2014 & REF2021 Agriculture sub-panel member. Associate Editor Journal of Agricultural Economics.
Household Economics, Access to Energy and Energy Poverty, Debt Sustainability in Resource Rich Countries, Decision Making in Health, Micro-credit
A main focus for his research is on understanding the interrelationships between access to credit, energy and food production and governance of common resources in Sub-Saharan Africa. This builds on long standing work around (farm) household behaviour and imperfect markets and links with current research on micro-credit repayment performance in Turkey. In addition he is also undertaking research on modelling debt sustainability in resource rich countries, on decision making within DCEs in Health and the Environment.
He is currently leading a Global Challenges Research Fund project (RALENTIR) on land and soil degradation in Ethiopia, aiming to improve how land conservation measures are designed so benefits to local communities are increased while safeguarding soil conservation. He is also involved in the development of economic and financial analyses with an international team of ecologists aiming to improve invasive species management in Latin America. Previously, he was PI of an interdisplinary project funded by the ESRC on the water, food energy nexus (IPORE) and Co-I on a NERC-DfiD funded project on building resilience to drought in Ethiopia (BREAD); and PI on a British Academy funded project examining the use of existing large scale datasets in Sub-Saharan Africa with partners in Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda.
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Private sector-owned mini-grids and rural electrification: A case study of wind-power in Kenya's tea industryEnergy Policy, vol. 132, pp. 1288-1297Contributions to Journals: Articles
Treatment of organic resources before soil incorporation in semi-arid regions improves resilience to El Niño, and increases crop production and economic returnsEnvironmental Research Letters, vol. 14, no. 8, 085004Contributions to Journals: Articles
Modelling the impact of market imperfections on farm household investment in stand-alone solar PV systemsWorld Development , vol. 116, pp. 66-76Contributions to Journals: Articles
A comparison of professional and private time preferences of General PractitionersSocial Science & Medicine, vol. 222, pp. 256-264Contributions to Journals: Articles
A Monte Carlo filtering application for systematic sensitivity analysis of computable general equilibrium resultsEconomic Systems Research, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 404-422Contributions to Journals: Articles
Decision heuristic or preference? Attribute non-attendance in discrete choice problemsHealth Economics, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 157-171Contributions to Journals: Articles
A comparative analysis of the costs of onshore wind energy: Is there a case for community-specific policy support?Energy Policy, vol. 106, pp. 394-403Contributions to Journals: Articles
Efficiency Effects of Access to Information on Small-scale Agriculture: Empirical Evidence from Uganda using Stochastic Frontier and IRT ModelsJournal of Agricultural Economics, vol. 68, no. 2, pp. 494-517Contributions to Journals: Articles
Allowing for uncertainty in exogenous shocks to CGE models: the case of a new renewable energy sectorEconomic Systems Research, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 509-527Contributions to Journals: Articles
How effective are heuristic solutions for electricity planning in developing countriesSocio-Economic Planning Sciences, vol. 55, pp. 14-24Contributions to Journals: Articles