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Jamal Mamkhezri

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PhD Candidate


I am Jamal Mamkhezri, a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the University of New Mexico (UNM). I have two Masters' degrees in Economics from UNM and Allameh Tabatabai University (Tehran, Iran). My research interests lie in the field of environmental and natural resource economics with a specific focus on energy (fossil fuel and renewable) and its consequences in terms of the number of jobs created/lost, economic impact, climate change, and water use. I am also interested in development and health economics.

I am currently a research assistant for New Mexico’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grant and working on part of a larger system dynamics model for New Mexico’s energy sector that incorporates economics, engineering, and hydrology. As a part of the EPSCoR funding, I conducted a survey to study preferences of New Mexico residents for rooftop solar and smart meters.

Prior to coming to UNM, I became Iranian national champion in kickboxing and full-contact (2006 and 2008). I love working out, outdoors, animals (the wilder the better), and nature. Since Fall 2016, I have been training martial arts in Albuquerque, NM. I have big dreams and am working tirelessly and passionately to achieve them.