Nafeez Fatima

Q: Where did you go to university?
A: I have completed  graduate degrees in Economics from North South University Bangladesh), York University (Canada) and Oklahoma State University (USA).

Q: What area of study in economics do you specialize in?
A: My academic and professional expertise are primarily in the field of economics with specialization in sustainable economic development,  ecological economics, and environmental & natural resource economics. I am also interested in the issue and debate surrounding the minimum wage.

Q: What research are you currently working on?

A: I have always been curious to understand the relationship and interaction  between the natural system and the human system. I am currently working on a research project that focuses on a  non-renewable natural resource that has increasing extraction cost and one or more renewable substitutes and study whether or not  market is sufficient to generate  dynamically efficient and inter-temporally sustainable  switch point. I am also interested to study the ecosystem services and how we can device appropriate pricing policies where there are no markets.

Q: What classes do you teach here at the university?
A: My academic experiences include teaching more than 50 undergraduate and five graduate courses/sections for the Department of Economics , the Master of Development Practice at SEED , the Master of Public Services and the Department of Environmental Studies. I have joined Wilfrid Laurier University as a lecturer in 2015.  I have taught introductory and intermediate level  undergraduate courses in microeconomics, macro economics, economic development, natural resource & environmental economics and international trade. At the graduate level, I have taught courses in economic development, international trade and research methods and data analysis.

Q: And how long have you been teaching at uWaterloo?
A: I have been involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate economics courses at the University of Waterloo  since 2009 as a lecturer.

Q: Why economics? What is your favourite thing about it?
A:  Coming from a developing world, income inequality and poverty always intrigued me. I wanted to understand what brought inequality and poverty upon us and its effect on the environment. Particularly, I wanted to study environmentalism for the poor, and why the burden of development falls disproportionately on  the poor and  the vulnerable people.

In my opinion, the strength of economics is its ability to explain the results of complex human behavior and choices with relatively simple models and the relevance for real world policy. This is my favorite thing about economics.

Q: Do you have any special or interesting talents?
A: I am not sure whether this count as a talent but I love to play tennis. I also collect anything and everything  related to Star trek.

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