When Abeer Elshennawy (MA ’92), professor in the Department of Economics, was a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, her adviser recommended she concentrate on the environment — unusual advice for someone studying applied economics in 1992.
“At that time, environmental studies in Egypt was considered a luxury,” Elshennawy said.
Thirty years later, her adviser’s recommendation seems wise — even obvious — as the effects of climate change take hold. Studying the environment is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity.
An environmental economist, Elshennawy focuses her research on how developing countries can balance climate concerns against financial ones.
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