Faculty and Staff

Rohit Jindal

Associate Professor, Bachelor of Commerce
Department of Decision Sciences 

PhD (Michigan State)

5-254A, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Rohit Jindal is an associate professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at MacEwan University’s School of Business. He has a PhD from Michigan State University (USA) and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh (UK), where he received the Elizabeth Irvine Sinclair award for academic honors. His previous appointments include research stints at University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business and at University of Alberta’s Department of Resource Economics. He is a recipient of the inaugural Banting Fellowship of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the highest-level research award for postdoctoral work in Canada. Among his other grants include research awards and fellowships from the University of Alberta, Michigan State University, the World Agroforestry Centre, the University of Edinburgh, Australian National University and the Shell Foundation. He works on the crosscutting themes of public policy and sustainability that affect businesses, development organizations and local communities. His research has been published in top international journals such as World Development, Land Use Policy and Ecological Economics. Apart from research, Rohit has also consulted on field projects funded by the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the German Bank for Reconstruction (Kfw).

Available to supervise honours or individual study students.

Applied econometrics, environmental and resource economics, payments for ecosystem services, decision research, international carbon markets

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Jindal has taught at graduate and undergraduate levels. A common theme in his teaching is an exploration of how theoretical concepts are applicable to real-world phenomena. Each class includes several different examples that are drawn from newspaper articles, business reports and market data. At MacEwan, Rohit teaches introductory and advanced management science courses in probability and statistics. His students have jointly created www.stats4funblog.wordpress.com that showcases fun aspects of statistics.

Research Interests:

  1. Applied econometrics/statistics: Using advanced econometric and statistical tools for impact assessment of environmental management projects.
  2. Environmental and resource economics: A key research area, especially the interaction between land-use change and climate-change mitigation. Main focus on payments for ecosystem services (PES) and on international carbon markets.
  3. Experimental and behavioral economics: Incentives, monetary and non-monetary, play an important role in shaping human behavior. Within this broad and rapidly expanding field, focus on field experiments in the context of sustainability projects across North America, Africa and Asia.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Jindal, R., J. Arvai, D. Catacutan, and V. Bac. "To cheat or not: Results from behavioral experiments on self-monitoring in Vietnam." Strategic Behavior and the Environment; vol. 7 (2017): 179-219.

Jindal, R. "Moral limits of payments for ecosystem services." Asia Pacific Journal of Advanced Business and Social Studies, vol.3 (1) (2017): 170-179.

Jindal, R. Environmental payments: Scope, challenges, and alternatives. Proceedings of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, vol. 37 (2016).

Kerr, J.M., M. Vardhan, and R. Jindal. "Incentives, conditionality and collective action in payment for environmental services." International Journal of the Commons 8, no. 2 (2014): 595-616.

Jindal, R., J.M. Kerr, P.J. Ferraro, and B.M. Swallow. "Social dimensions of procurement auctions for environmental service contracts: Evaluating tradeoffs between cost-effectiveness and participation by the poor in rural Tanzania." Land Use Policy 31 (2013): 71-80.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships


  • Best Paper in Social Sciences, Asia Pacific Conference on Advanced Research, Melbourne (2016)
  • Strategic Initiative Fund, MacEwan University School of Business (2016)
  • Banting Fellowship, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (2012)
  • Barlowe Endowed Fellow in Environmental & Resource Economics, Michigan State University (2007)
  • Shell Chevening Scholar, Shell Foundation, UK (2003-04)


Professional Associations / Memberships

Chair, Social Responsibility Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (2017-18) 

Boards / Committees

Grants Adjudication Committee, MacEwan University, member (2016-onwards)