Associate Professor of Public Policy

Ph.D., Indiana University
M.Sc., University of Alberta
B.A., University of Alberta

Pam Jagger is an applied political economist in the Department of Public Policy. She conducts research on the livelihood impacts of natural resource management policies and projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Jagger leads the Forest Use, Energy and Livelihoods (FUEL) lab at UNC-Chapel Hill.  The FUEL lab has three research themes:

  • Biomass fuel for household energy;
  • Forest governance; and
  • Forests and livelihoods.

FUEL lab research focuses on institutional innovations and the implications of institutional change in the forestry and energy sectors for welfare outcomes in Africa.

Jagger has worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute, Resources for the Future, and the World Bank. She has 15 years of applied research experience and has conducted socioeconomic surveys in Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Dr. Jagger is a Faculty Fellow at the Carolina Population Center, and a Senior Research Associate with the Center for International Forestry Research in Bogor, Indonesia.

In 2012, Jagger was awarded a 5-year Mentored Research Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health to study the population, land use and health dynamics of biomass fuel use in sub-Saharan Africa.  Also in 2012, she received a Young Scholar’s Award from the Political Science Program at the National Science Foundation.  She currently has a Fogarty Global Health Fellowship to undertake research on biomass fuel use and health outcomes in Malawi.