Nicolas Choquette-Levy

STEP Ph.D. student
Email Address: 
nc8@exchange.princeton.edu

I am a Ph.D. student in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy program, researching policy and governance frameworks for promoting resilient climate adaptation among the worlds’ 500 million smallholder farming households. I am working with Professor Michael Oppenheimer from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and Professor Simon Levin from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

I seek to integrate insights from diverse methods in my work, including agent-based modelling, game theory, survey research, and robust decision-making frameworks.  Some of the questions I am currently researching include:

  • What factors influence smallholder farming households’ decisions regarding livelihood decisions under increasing climate risk?
  • In particular, what is the relationship between rural-urban migration and other strategies for adapting to climate change? How do different policy, climate, and institutional settings impact households’ decision-making regarding these strategies?
  • How can policymakers at local and global scales design incentives to promote resilient climate adaptation among smallholder farmers?

Before coming to Princeton, I obtained undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering and International Relations from the University of Southern California, and a Master's degree in Energy and Environmental Systems from the University of Calgary (Canada). For my Master's thesis, I modeled the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions and economics of multiple oil sands production technologies, in order to assess the impact of potential carbon taxes on industry and government decision-making.

After earning my Master's, I worked for six years in a variety of sustainable development roles in the Canadian oil and gas industry, including sustainability reporting, environmental and social risk assessment, and technology evaluation.

You can read about my research interests and musings on complexity, current events, and culture through my personal blog, Pine Tree Republic