Lead Natural Resource Economist
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Bill Magrath will be a visiting expert in the Development Research Group from August 21-October 2, 2013. He is Lead Natural Resource Economist in the World Bank's South Asia Agriculture, Irrigation and Natural Resources Sector Unit. In the World Bank he has worked on forestry, soil conservation, natural resource governance issues in South and East Asia, the Environment, and Agriculture and Rural Development Departments, Europe and Central Asia and was on the Core Team of the World Development Report 1992: Development and the Environment. From 1999 to 2004 he worked in the Bank's offices in Beijing and Phnom Penh. In addition to his responsibilities in the South Asia Region, Bill leads the Bank's Community of Practice on Environment and Natural Resource Law Enforcement and manages the Bank's Development Grant Facility support to the International Consortium for Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), a partnership of the Bank, INTERPOL, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the World Customs Organization and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Before joining the Bank in 1987, he worked at the World Resources Institute, Cornell University's Department of Agricultural Economics, and the U.S. Great Lakes Basin Commission. An American, Mr. Magrath received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his graduate degrees from the University of Michigan.
His top three priorities during his visit:
- Informed by over a decade of operational experience in World Bank operations in East and South Asia, examine issues around illegal logging and environment and natural resource law enforcement (ENRLE). The issue will be examined in particular through the lens of larger-scale structural issues, such as corruption, organized crime, money laundering, increasing affluence and its impact on the demand for highly valued natural resources.
- Contribute to the applied research work of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime partnership on measurement of wildlife and forestry crime and development of indicators of wildlife law enforcement effort.
- Build connections with colleagues in the Environment and Energy and Governance teams in the research department and in the wider academic and research community to support a longer-term program of research on conservation criminology and development.