Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, September 24, 2018

Tjernstrom selected for APPAM award

Tjernstrom selected for APPAM award

Assistant Professor Emilia Tjernström has received a 40 for 40 Fellowship from the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM). The award provides funding for Tjernström to attend APPAM’s Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC, later this year.

“Given her methodological expertise, wide-ranging research interests, and enthusiasm for mentoring, I believe that the APPAM community will benefit tremendously from having Tjernström at the annual research conference,” said La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Yackee.

Tjernström joined UW–Madison in 2015 with a joint appointment in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics. She is affiliated with UW–Madison’s Center for Demography and Ecology, Center for Financial Security, and African Studies Program.

In the paper “Natural disasters, social protection, and risk perception,” Tjernström and co-authors investigate how exposure to natural disasters affects risk attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors. The paper was published in World Development, a top multi-disciplinary journal. 

Other recently published research includes “Money Matters: The Role of Yields and Profits in Agricultural Technology Adoption.” Published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the paper shows that a focus on yield gains may, in some contexts, be misguided. The study has important implications for public spending on crop improvement and for agencies aiming to increase the uptake of improved agricultural technologies among smallholder farmers.

Tjernström earned her doctorate degree from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis.

APPAM’s 2018 Fall Research Conference, from November 8 to 10, will emphasize the iterative and collaborative nature of building evidence. Researchers, policymakers, and program leaders will discuss best practices for collecting data, capturing innovation, measuring impacts, and identifying actionable and timely recommendations.