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Catherine Keske

Professor, Management of Complex Systems, University of California, Merced

I'm an applied economist and social scientist who works on complex research problems and coupled natural and human systems. I study natural resource, agricultural, and environmental issues on working lands in fragile or vulnerable ecosystems. This includes underserved communities, like California's Central Valley, and mountainous and semi-arctic regions of the world.

During the past two years I've published studies on food security and food sovereignty, methane green house gas mitigation, waste management in northern climates, conversion of biomass into energy and/or biochar, and sense of place.

I utilize both qualitative and quantitative research methods in my research program, often in multiple phases. I enjoy collaborating with natural scientists and engineers, as well as other social scientists.

At UC-Merced I teach courses in research methods, energy policy, and law, policy, and risk management.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Management, University of California, Merced