Dr Brooks Kaiser serves as Unit Lead and Expert within the Fisheries Unit. She is an environmental and resource economist and economic historian. She holds a PhD in economics from Northwestern University and is a Professor at the University of Southern Denmark. She is also a University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) Research Fellow.
Her work is grounded in economics with interdisciplinary connections to ecology and history which she uses to generate insights into policies governing resource use and sustainable development, with a particular focus on invasive species. After years of applying this focus to Hawaii and other Pacific Islands, she has expanded over the past five years to focus on the Arctic. The economic and social similarities between the two locales are much greater than the temperature differences. She is currently investigating the impacts of the Red King and Snow Crab introductions in the Barents Sea in a 5 year Belmont Forum research project on bio-economic analysis for Arctic marine resource governance and policy. She is currently working with the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) as a socio-economic expert. She regularly contributes to international economics, natural science, and Arctic conferences and meetings as speaker and/or organizer, and publishes in both economics and interdisciplinary venues. She has run several workshops bringing together researchers across disciplines relevant to the Arctic with stakeholders, resource managers, and policy makers.
Whether for research or leisure, she thinks a day spent on the water is a good day indeed.