Nina Brooks

Postdoctoral Associate
IPUMS PMA
Biography

I am a Postdoctoral Associate working with the IPUMS PMA data to study environmental impacts on maternal and child health. I am currently working on a project that is studying the impact of food insecurity on fertility and fertility preferences in four sub-Saharan African countries. Overall, my research interests lie at the intersection of environmental, health, and development economics and I am broadly interested in the social and environmental determinants of population health. My dissertation addressed two topics central to my research agenda. First, how do environmental factors affect human health and how can policy help to ameliorate these impacts, and second, what are the impacts of policies affecting reproductive health access. In my dissertation, I explored the first question through two studies on the brick manufacturing sector in Bangladesh and I addressed the second question through two studies examining the impacts of both restricting and expanding reproductive health access in two very different settings.