Flavio received his B.A. in Economics from Seattle University in 2013. Since then, he has worked in a wide range of research projects in developing countries, intersecting Public Policy, Environmental Sustainability, and Economic Development.
Before arriving to UCSB, Flavio was a Research Consultant at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES). He was part of an interdisciplinary team studying the barriers to and opportunities for reforestation in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Previously, Flavio worked on research projects investigating intra-household responses to incentives for water conservation in Zambia, the impact of reminding caretakers about their newborns' vaccination schedule in Mozambique, and the effect of providing in-class audio-guides for kindergarten teachers in rural Paraguayan schools.
As a PhD student, Flavio wants to continue working on Economic and Environmental solutions for communities in low-income settings. He is interested in community governance of natural resources, the role of market-based incentives in promoting environmentally-friendly behavior, and the design of new technologies to help small-holder farmers cope with exogenous shocks.
In his free time, Flavio enjoys playing the guitar, researching music, planning wine-themed trips, and long-board surfing.