Sanval Nasim

Dr. Sanval Nasim is Assistant Professor at Colby College. His primary research and teaching field is enviornmental and natural resource economics.

Dr. Nasim obtained his PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Riverside, USA in 2015. His PhD research explored the effects of institutional constraints on the efficient allocation and optimal management of groundwater in Pakistan’s Indus Basin. Dr. Nasim is interested in discovering how human behavior contributes to the long term degradation of natural resource systems and how local institutions shape and inform economic policies for a sustainable environment and a healthy resource base. He first became fascinated by the field of environmental economics as an Undergraduate student at Colby College, USA, where he double majored in Economics and History. Prior to that, he completed the International Baccalaureate at the United World College, USA.

His research interests include water management, sustainability and conservation; air pollution mitigation; and climate change.

Content by Sanval Nasim
  • Publication - Project Report

    The path to a successful Pakistan

    Despite lackluster economic growth, Pakistan has succeeded in sharply reducing endemic poverty. However, a large share of low income households, engaged in low productivity occupations, lies just above the poverty line. Such households are vulnerable to economic shocks (such as the one associated with COVID-19, sharp energy price increase, food price inflation, health...

    12 Aug 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Ijaz Nabi, Amna Mahmood, Farah Said, Sanval Nasim

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Strengthening low-income household support programmes

    This policy brief investigates how integrating actions to improve air and water quality and create income earning opportunities for women can improve low-income support programmes.

    12 Aug 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Ijaz Nabi, Sanval Nasim, Amna Mahmood, Farah Said

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Prioritising climate action through a health and vulnerability lens

    This brief describes a six-point policy agenda to tackle air pollution, focusing on actions that could involve a broader effort to tackle climate change.

    12 Aug 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Sanval Nasim

  • Project

    Kamyab Pakistan Programme: Making it green and gender-inclusive

    The Kamyab Pakistan Programme (KPP) was launched by the Prime Minister on October 4 2021 to address low-income households’ vulnerability to income shocks. Under KPP, the government will provide subsidised, interest-free microloans to 3.7 million families over a period of five years to support growth of small firms and farms. The KPP aims to reduce poverty and transition...

    12 Aug 2022 | Kulsum Ahmed, Ijaz Nabi, Amna Mahmood, Farah Said, Sanval Nasim

  • Publication - Project Report

    Charting Pakistan’s air quality policy landscape

    18 Jun 2021 | Ali Habib, Sanval Nasim, Amna Shahab

  • Project

    Charting Pakistan’s air quality policy landscape

    An IGC Evidence Paper on Energy & Environment (Dec 2019) states that human productivity drops by 6% on average on polluted days. It further lists Pakistanis among those severely exposed to PM2.5, one of the most harmful air pollutants. Moreover, the IGC's work on air pollution indicates that developing countries struggle to enforce environmental regulations, leading to...

    16 Feb 2021 | Sanval Nasim, Ali Habib

  • Project

    Emissions rating programme: Environmental impacts and firm behaviour

    Several countries have used emissions rating programmes to incentivise industrial plants to comply with emissions standards and maintain low levels of pollution. Such programmes function by using regularly monitored emissions data from major industrial plants to rate firms from the least compliant to the most compliant. Besides making environmental performance more...

    3 Feb 2020 | Michael Greenstone, Sanval Nasim, Usman Naeem, Ali Habib

  • Project

    Emissions rating programme: environmental impacts and firm behaviour in Pakistan

    Several countries have used emissions rating programmes to incentivise industrial plants to comply with emissions standards and maintain low levels of pollution. Such programmes function by using regularly monitored emissions data from major industrial plants to rate firms from the least compliant to the most compliant. Besides making environmental performance more...

    1 Feb 2020 | Michael Greenstone, Ali Habib, Usman Naeem, Sanval Nasim

  • Project

    Investigating the environmental and economic benefits of energy efficient brick kilns

    Conventional brick kilns—Bull’s Trench Kiln (BTK)—in Pakistan’s Punjab province are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and harmful particulates which exacerbate climate change and deteriorate ambient air quality. Targeting emissions from brick kilns provides an avenue for Punjab’s Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to bring the provincial...

    17 Sep 2018 | Faiza Sharif, Sanval Nasim, Ijaz Nabi