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Emily Burchfield

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Leslie Lyons Duncan

Emily Burchfield

Office: Mayborn 300

PMB 407702
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: 615-343-4658
Fax: 615-322-7012


Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Engineering, Management and Policy, Vanderbilt University

Fellow, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment


M.A., Economics, University of Louvain, Louvain, Belgium
B.S., Economics, University of Louvain, Louvain, Belgium
B.A., Economics, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Research Interests 

My research integrates survey data, geospatial data, remotely-sensed imagery, and qualitative data to identify the factors that moderate the effects of meteorological drought on surface water irrigation systems across space and time.  I am particularly interested in using quantitative tools to explore political ecological and distributional dimensions of climate change and adaptation.

For more on my research interests, visit this website:  


For the most recent list of presentations and publications, please visit  


Nwosu, O., Hennessey (Fisher) E., Burchfield, E., Barnes, S., Brinkley-Rubenstein, L., & Shields, S. Faculty and Student Experiences as a Model for the Academy in Action. Barnes, S. L., Brinkley-Rubinstein, L., Doykos, B., & Martin, N. (Eds). Academics in Action! A Model for Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Service (In Press).

Gunda, T., Benneyworth, L., Burchfield, E. (2013). ). “Exploring water indices and associated parameters: a case study in two South Asian countries,” under review by Water Policy.

Hobbies and Interests

Gardening, biking, and hiking