Adam Millard-Ball

TitleAssistant Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentEnvironmental Studies Department
Web Site Website
Office459 Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
Office HoursFall 2014: Mondays 10-12
Campus Mail StopEnvironmental Studies
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
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Research Interests

<b>The future of travel demand</b>

Future patterns of travel demand have enormous implications for energy supply and the environment. How far will we travel in the future, and by what modes? Has travel in the industrialized world ceased to grow – "peak travel"? Are developing countries likely to follow the high-travel, high-emissions path of the United States, or will their travel patterns look more like Europe or Japan?

<b>Cities and climate change</b>

I am interested in explaining the variations between cities in environmental policy. Why do some cities do more than others to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? To what extent do city climate plans and other types of urban plan have causal impacts and change outcomes, rather than simply codifying the policies a city would have followed anyway?

<b>Carbon trading</b>

I study the challenges with carbon offset programs, and explore alternatives to offsets. I am also interested in cap-and-trade, and particularly how it may interact with local government climate policy efforts.

<b>Transportation policy</b>

My work on transportation policy bridges academic research with my previous professional experience as a transportation planner. What are the impacts of parking management, car-sharing and other demand management policies, and how can they contribute to climate change mitigation? I focus on both the US and cross-national comparisons, including the developing world.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2011 (Environment and Resources)

M.A., University of Edinburgh, 1998 (Geography)

Selected Publications

Courses Taught

ENVS 25: Environmental Policy and Economics
ENVS 141: Ecological Economics
ENVS 196: Green Cities (Senior Seminar)