Tanya O’Garra is an Environmental and Behavioural Economist with over ten years of experience conducting research on the economic value and allocation of environmental resources. Her current research addresses the critical issue of cooperation around the management of public goods and common pool resources, particularly in rural developing country contexts.
In 2016, Tanya joined Middlesex University, where she is a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Economics, and lead of the Sustainable Development Research Cluster.
Her research at Middlesex includes a multi-partner British Academy-funded project, which she leads, that aims to identify the impact of community-based coastal resource management on livelihoods, wellbeing, governance, fisheries and the distribution of benefits among different social groups in Fiji. She also conducts economic experiments examining redistribution behaviour, preferences for fairness, and the impacts of conformity, moral identity and political affiliation on behaviour preferences.
Prior to working at Middlesex, Tanya was an Earth Institute Fellow at Columbia University. She has also worked at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, and the University of the Basque Country in Spain.