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Tyler Hounshell

Title of Program: International Relations and Sustainable Development

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Hometown: Sevierville, Tennessee

Year: Freshman

Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2018

Description of Program: Through this curriculum, I aim to study the challenges of development from an interdisciplinary point of view. This view incorporates emphases on environmental politics, economics, planetary boundaries, global justice, and the human response to climate change. My research interests fall within the intersection of ecological and development economics, and my thesis examines the effects of cooperation in international environmental agreements on economic growth, human development and natural capital.

Departmental Emphases: Political Science, Economics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology and French

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Klenk, Department of Anthropology and Dr. Sambuddha Ghatak, Department of Political Science

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): After graduating from the University of Tennessee, I want to pursue a graduate degree in Development Economics or International Relations. I hope to one day work with an intergovernmental organization or NGO that focuses on reducing poverty in least developed countries. I will continue to do research examining the relationships between populations, their environment and economic institutions.

Other Academic Interests:Conservation Biology and Ecological Engineering

Publications: Hounshell, T. (2016). “Disaggregated cost-benefit analysis incorporating ecosystem services and disservices: A case from SAI Sanctuary.” Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, 15(1), 233-255.

Study Abroad:

  • Summer 2015: Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore, India – Columbia University’s SEE-U Program
  • Summer 2016: University of Edinburgh – Haslam Scholars Program
    London School of Economics – Methods for Economists Programme
  • Fall 2016: KU Leuven (Brussels Campus) – EuroScholars Program

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities: UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, TEDx UTK, Undergraduate Research Students' Association Executive Board, Pursuit Review Board, ONSF Society of Fellows, Skiing, Running and Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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