Environmental Markets Lab (emLab)

A think-and-do tank for market-based approaches to environmental challenges

The Environmental Markets Lab (emLab) is an interdisciplinary team of scientists based at the University of California Santa Barbara that conducts cutting-edge, data-driven research on the power, limitations, and design of market-based approaches to tackle the world's most pressing environmental problems. In collaboration with implementing partners, we aim to better align environmental objectives and economic incentives in support of sustainable livelihoods and a resilient planet. 

Our Programs

Leveraging our diverse expertise, we generate timely insights into effective and equitable solutions for Climate & Energy, Land & Freshwater, Ocean & Fisheries, and People & Poverty.

emLab Blog: Our 2 Cents

General, Land & Freshwater, Ocean & Fisheries, People & Poverty
Ben Moscona
Climate & Energy, General
Land & Freshwater
Andrew Plantinga



A fish cartel for Africa

Englander and Costello 2023, Nature Communications

Cooperative membership and exposure to role models: Implications for income and asset aspirations

Tabe-Ojong et al. 2023, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics

How to pay for ecosystem services

Plantinga et al. 2023, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

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