Iman has completed his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Currently, he works as a postdoc at the Center for Global Trade Analysis (GTAP) and Global to Local Analysis of System Sustainability (GLASS) at Purdue. He has been working on the economic analysis of compound extremes, year-on-year volatilities, and adaptation. He has been developing coupled models, databases, and statistical models to address major environmental and ecological challenges regarding natural resources and food security. His research on adaptation and unintended consequences is fundamental for his contributions to the economics of water resources, climate change, and sustainability.
Focused on multi-scale adaptation, his research considers the complex interactions between environmental, climatic, agronomic, hydrologic, and economic systems. He has quantified the impacts of compound hydro-climatic extremes on agriculture. In one study, he showed that most of the stress on the US land and water resources by 2050 will be coming from income and population changes in other countries. In another work, he investigated the unintended consequences of US groundwater sustainability policies on land use overseas showing the significant spatial spill-over effects. Recently, he explored the consequences of a pandemic like COVID19 co-occurring with heat and water stress.
His works include the integration of the Water Balance Model (WBM) and Global Crop Water Model (GCWM) emulator, with the gridded version of the Simplified International Model of agricultural Prices, Land use, and the Environment (SIMPLE-G). This framework is used to quantify the cascading economic impacts of compound events and to investigate the role of different margins of adaptation at local, regional, and global scales.
Outside work, Iman enjoys gardening, hiking, traveling, and taking photos!