Nisha is a PhD student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of development and environment. She worked on the Global Adaptation Atlas, conducted vulnerability assessments in Central and West Asia, and designed guidance on adaptation for USAID. She has presented and written on several topics including: monitoring and tracking systems for adaptation aid, the economic costs of adaptation, and application of valuation techniques for climate change. She holds an M.A. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Macalester College.