University of Vermont

Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont

Community Development and Applied Economics

David Propen

David Propen, M.S. '10, Certificate of Ecological Economics '10

B.A. 2006 Lehigh University

Areas of interest

ecosystem services, service and flow economics, alternative energy systems, sustainable agriculture, local economies

Contact Information
Office: 207 Morrill Hall

Thesis Title:

Community and Institutional Approaches to Climate Changes Mitigation

Undergraduate and Professional Background:

Dual Degree B.A. Lehigh University - English and Economics.

Graduate Courses:

Fall 2008
CDAE 392 Graduate Seminar
CDAE 354 Microeconomics
NR 385 Ecological Economics
NR 385 Advanced Ecological Design and Living Technologies

Spring 2009
CDAE 392 Graduate Seminar
CDAE 351 Research Methods
CDAE 237 Economics of Sustainability
NR 385 Design of Carbon Neutral Economies

Fall 2009
CDAE 392 Graduate Seminar
NR 385Introduction to Simulated Modeling
NR 385Greening Aiken

Spring 2010
CDAE 391 Graduate Thesis Research

Funding Grad School:

I was funded through a Research Assistantship with the TRC Signature Project #4 with Jane Kolodinsky as P.I.

Certificates Completed:

Ecological Economics

On Customizing Grad School to Fit Personal Interests:

I found it beneficial to take courses from across UVM's campus because they expanded my vision of how low-carbon economies could emerge along-side community development efforts. I also made sure to become involved in projects, business start-ups, and research endeavors that I found of interest. Such endeavors may emerge through conversations with professors, course projects, or networking. If you find a topic which a professor is involved or interested in, engage them to see how you may be of benefit to their vision. Own a small (or large) part of that vision.

Words of Wisdom to Inquiring/Incoming MS Students:

This program is highly flexible and provides great room for academic growth. Make yourself the go-to person for your area of interest. A concentration in one of the many certificates available through UVM (Ecological Econoics, Ecological Design, Complex Systems) can be used to focus your studies as well as to establish and foster transdisciplinary capabilities while in the program.

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