About

My research interests are interdisciplinary and reside within the divide of ecology, economics and public health. The ultimate goal of my research is to contribute to the sustainability of the planet – sustainability in the sense that humans and their natural environment can live in harmony now and for generations to come.

I try to understand the dynamics and factors that undermine of foster such harmony. To do that, I borrow and combine quantitative approaches from diverse disciplines… In a nutshell, I attempt to “put things together”. Putting things together somehow arises from my endeavour to let the problem determine the methods, rather than all the way round. But I must admit that I am not always as successful as I wished.

I would describe myself as a modeller. I create models and then tweak and twist them to generate new insights to support evidence-based policy making. I apply models to large-scale problems or problems for which we cannot experiment in real life, e.g. pandemics, tropical deforestation, biological invasions or global health.

My search to contribute to the harmony between humans and nature has brought to get interested into diverse problems: control of invasive species, pandemics preparedness, allocations of global health donations, human-wildlife conflict, trade-offs between tropical deforestation and agriculture, natural resource management or neglected tropical diseases control.

Before joining the Department of Biological Sciences of the National University of Singapore (NUS) as an Assistant Professor, I was a research fellow at the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability. Before I did my PhD at Imperial College London (UK) at the Centre for Environmental Policy where I developed mathematical and simulation models for biosecurity in a DEFRA-based project.

Research Areas

Ecological Economics, Ecological Modelling, Health Economics, Conservation Science, Bioeconomics of Invasive Species, Biosecurity.

Lab Website

If you want frequent updates of my research you may want to visit the Bioecon Lab website.