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Sandy Sum

Sandy is a 2024 PERC Graduate Fellow as well as a Ph.D. candidate in economics and environmental science at the Bren School. Her research investigates how environmental change and policies shape and are shaped by patterns of social and economic inequalities. Her recent projects have been centered on equity issues arising from water scarcity in California. Prior to joining UCSB, she was a Research Analyst at the Global Policy Lab at UC Berkeley, where she helped develop quantitative approaches for valuing natural capital for the sustainable development of Māori land in New Zealand. Sandy holds an MA in Economics from UCSB and a BA in Economics from the National University of Singapore.