Dr. Colette Salemi

Dr. Colette Salemi
Assistant Professor
Office: BEC 372

PhD (Minnesota)

Area of expertise

Development economics, environmental and natural resource economics

Colette Salemi is an applied microeconomist who joined the University of Victoria in 2022. Her current research examines contexts of forced displacement, exploring both the spillover effects of refugee camps on communities and landscapes as well as and the environmental hazards at camp sites.  Colette also studies conservation and ecosystem services, with a focus on forests. She is additionally interested in climate-induced migration and the complex relationship between climate shocks and conflict.

Colette received a PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota in May 2022.


  • Forced displacement
  • Environmental migration
  • Ecosystem services
  • Conservation and land use
  • Climate and conflict
  • Applied econometrics


ECON 381, Environmental Economics

Selected Publications

  1. Johnson, J. A., & Salemi, C. (2022). Agents on a Landscape: Simulating Spatial and Temporal  Interactions in Economic and Ecological SystemsFrontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 524.
  2. Salemi, C. (2021). Refugee camps and deforestation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Development Economics152, 102682.
  3. Bloem, J. R., & Salemi, C. (2021). COVID-19 and conflict. World development140, 105294.