|Alastair Fraser is a PhD student studying environmental economics at the Vancouver School of Economics. His current research focuses on the role of public awareness and behavioural change in improving environmental outcomes in industrial emissions and household energy use. Alastair is also interested in how a carbon-constrained world affects the transportation and production of goods and how the need to reduce our carbon emissions affects trade policy.
Prior to his PhD Alastair completed graduate degrees in both physics and economics. He used nano-mechanical devices to study and control the effect of atomic defects on magnetism, built a microscope capable of imaging atoms, and researched technological lock-in and innovation of clean energy technologies.
Alastair has balanced his academic interests with a variety of other experiences. He has been responsible for intercultural conflict resolution in a residence housing students from over 40 countries, helped mentor and support refugees arriving in Canada, managed the start up of a water filter factory in Kenya, helped organize a bias-neutral student delegation to the Alberta oil sands, and knocked on doors for several NGOs.