Sustainability and Infrastructure

July 1, 2021

Lasting poverty reduction requires sustainable natural resource management as well as infrastructure development. This research program encompasses energy, environment, land, agriculture, water, climate change, biodiversity, and urbanization.

Featured Research


Rural-Urban Migration in Developing Countries: Lessons from the Literature
Harris Selod, Forhad Shilpi

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9662, May 2021

Assessing Response Fatigue in Phone Surveys: Experimental Evidence on Dietary Diversity in Ethiopia
Kibrom A. Abay, Guush Berhane, John Hoddinott, Kibrom Tafere
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9636, April 2021

The Effect of Information and Subsidy Measures on Adoption of Solar Lanterns: An Application of the BDM Bidding Mechanism in Rural Ethiopia
Alemu Mekonnen, Sied Hassen, Marcela Jaime, Michael A. Toman, Xiao-Bing Zhang
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9595, March 2021

More Working Papers


Economic Costs of Electricity Load Shedding in Nepal
Govinda Timilsina and Jevgenijs Steinbuks, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 146, August 2021, 111112 | Working Paper Version

Spatiotemporal Analysis of Tropical Cyclone Landfalls in Northern Bay of Bengal, India and Bangladesh
Snando Bandyopadhyay, Susmita Dasgupta, Zahirul Huque Khan, David Wheeler
Asia Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, March 5, 2021 | Working Paper Version

Backyarding: Theory and Evidence for South Africa
Jan Brueckner, Claus Rabe, Harris Selod
Regional Science and Urban Economics 79, November 2019, 103486 | Working Paper Version

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    Coping with Climate Change in the Sundarbans: Lessons from Multidisciplinary Studies

    Susmita Dasgupta, David Wheeler, Md. Istiak Sobhan, Sunando Bandyopadhyay, Ainun Nishat, and Tapas Paul, November 2020
    Climate change is a major threat to the Sundarbans — the world’s largest remaining contiguous mangrove forest — wetland of international importance, and the surrounding poor communities whose livelihoods depend on its natural resources. This book synthesizes multiyear, multidisciplinary studies that assess the vulnerability of this ecosystem and its neighboring coastal communities and recommend “resilient-smart” adaptation measures. The methods and findings will be of interest to development practitioners, policy makers, and researchers focused on island nations and countries worldwide that feature high density populations and economic activity in low-lying coastal regions vulnerable to sea-level rise.


Carolyn Fischer

Research Manager, Sustainability and Infrastructure
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