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Nina Brooks

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Graduate Student Fellowship | 2019 - 2020 Academic Year

A case study of brick manufacturing in Bangladesh that quantifies health and environmental impacts, studies the policy and regulatory landscape, and identifies a path to cleaner production.

Brooks' dissertation explores the relationships between the environment, health, and economic development using the case of brick manufacturing in Bangladesh. Brooks begins by quantifying the contribution of brick manufacturing to local air quality and health outcomes with a longitudinal field study in the Mirzapur sub-district of Bangladesh. Brooks then sheds light on the state of regulatory context by building a national database of kiln locations, assessing compliance with existing regulations, and identifying exposed populations. Finally, Brooks explores how to increase adoption of low-cost, profit-maximizing strategies for reducing air pollution from brick kilns.

Nina Brooks, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

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Nina Brooks is a PhD candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of environmental, health, and development economics and she is broadly interested in the social and environmental determinants of population health. Her dissertation explores these relationships in the case of brick manufacturing in Bangladesh. She holds an MA in economics from Stanford University, an MPP from Duke University, with a certificate in international development, and a BA in international political economy from UC Berkeley.

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