Associate Professor
Office
Northwest Building
Phone
+1 (604) 513-2121 ext. 3476

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Department(s) or Program(s)

Biography

Tracy Stobbe holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Victoria, a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of California Berkeley and an undergraduate degree (highest honours) in Journalism from Carleton University.  Returning to the Lower Mainland, she was happy to start her academic career at Trinity Western University.  Apart from teaching statistics, quantitative methods, and the history of economic thought, she is actively engaged in research endeavours related to the "urban fringe" examining agriculture's presence near cities and the economic, environmental and social impacts that it has there.  In the past few years, she has held research grants from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (federal) and from the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands (provincial), Metro Vancouver (regional), and the Fraser Valley Regional District.  In her spare time, she enjoy singing with the Trinity Western choir.

Research & Scholarship

My current research relates to the interface between agriculture, urban developments and the environment, and the externalities and opportunities that lie in that sometimes controversial zone.  My papers have examined the prices of agricultural land, the effect of hobby farms on land prices and agricultural practices, the decision making by the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), the effect of direct- and niche-marketing in the urban fringe, and policy options available to governments who are seeking to protect farmland and the farm economy. 

In a more general sense, I am interested in how market mechanisms can be used to protect the environment.  During my master's degree I did some work relating to wetland mitigation banking and how non-profit and even for-profit groups are helping conserve and restore the environment.  I hope that over time governments will continue harness this huge potential resevoir (the market) in helping protect our natural world. 

Education

PhD (Economics), University of Victoria, 2008

MPP (Public Policy), University of California, Berkeley, 2003

BJ (Journalism), Carleton University, 2000 

Awards & Honors

2010 - 2013     TWU Internal SSHRC Grant
   Principal Investigator
   Duration December 2010 to Fall 2013
   Valued at $3,000

2009-2010  Metro Vancouver (regional district)

  • Co-Investigator (with Deborah Curran)
  • Duration September 2009 to April 2010
  • Valued at $40,000

2009-2010  Ministry of Agriculture and Lands (MAL) and Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) grant

  • Principal Investigator
  • Duration May 2009 to January 2010
  • Valued at $15,000

2008 - 2009   Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Farm Level Policy (FLP) grant

  • Principal Investigator
  • Duration June 2008 to March 2009
  • Valued at $15,000

2008    Ministry of Agriculture and Lands (MAL) and Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) grant

  • Principal Investigator
  • Duration September 2008 to December 2008
  • Valued at $5,000

2005 - 2008   Agri-Food Canada Farm Level Policy (FLP) grant (PhD dissertation funding)

  • Duration: March 2005 to March 2008
  • Valued at $60,000

2007   Agricultural Institute of Canada - Douglas McRorie Memorial Scholarship

  • Valued at $1,500

2006   Phillips, Hager and North Doctoral Scholarship for Research in Environmental and Resource Economics

  • Valued at $9,777

2003 - 2006   University of Victoria Ph.D. Fellowship

  • Renewed for the three-year maximum
  • Valued at $15,000 per annum

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles or Book Chapters

Stobbe, Tracy, 2013. “Contingent Valuation to Measure the Value of Agricultural Noise in the Urban Fringe” (in review).

Eagle, Alison J., David E. Eagle, Tracy E. Stobbe, and G. Cornelis van Kooten, 2013. “Farmland Protection and Agricultural Land Values at the Urban-Rural Fringe”, American Journal of Agricultural Economics (revised and resubmitted).

Cotteler, Geerte, Tracy Stobbe and G. Cornelis van Kooten, 2011.“Bayesian Model Averaging in the Context of Spatial Hedonic Pricing: An Application to Farmland Values” Journal of Regional Science, Vol.51 (3), 540-557.

Stobbe, Tracy, Alison Eagle, G. Cornelis van Kooten and Geerte Cotteleer, 2011. “Farmland Preservation Verdicts: Rezoning Agricultural Land in British Columbia”, Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 59 (4), December, 555-572.

Stobbe, Tracy, Alison Eagle and G. Cornelis van Kooten, 2010. “Niche and Direct Marketing in the Urban-Rural Fringe: A Study of the Agricultural Economy in the Shadow of a Large City”, BC Studies, no. 167, Autumn, 105-134.

Stobbe, Tracy, Geerte Cotteleer and G. Cornelis van Kooten, 2009. “Hobby Farms and Protection of Farmland in British Columbia”, Canadian Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 32 (3), Fall, 393-410.

Cotteleer, Geerte, Tracy Stobbe and G. Cornelis van Kooten 2009. “Farmland Conservation in The Netherlands and British Columbia, Canada: A Comparative Analysis Using GIS-based Hedonic Pricing Models”, forthcoming in Multifunctional Rural Land Management: Economic and Policies, eds Floor Brouwer and Martijn van der Heide, Earthscan, chapter 7.

Cotteleer, Geerte, Tracy Stobbe and G. Cornelis van Kooten, 2008. “Expert Opinion vs. Transaction Evidence: Using the Reilly Index to Measure Open Space Premiums in the Urban-Rural Fringe”, University of Victoria, REPA (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis) working paper. 

Government Reports and Policy Briefs

Curran, Deborah and Tracy Stobbe, 2010. “Local Government Policy Options to Protect Agricultural Land and Improve the Viability of Farming in Metro Vancouver”, report submitted to Metro Vancouver, April. Available online at: http://www.metrovancouver.org/planning/development/agriculture/AgricultureDocs/Local_Government_Policy_Options_to_Protect_Agricultural_Land.pdf

Stobbe, Tracy, 2010. “The Socio-Economic Impacts of Propane Cannons on Residents in the Fraser Valley: A Survey on the Willingness-To-Pay to Curb Negative Externalities Resulting from Deterring Avian Predation of Blueberries”, report submitted to the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands (MAL) and the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD), January. Available online at: http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/sf/farmpp/ Socio Economic_Effects_of_PropaneCannons_on_Residents_in_the_FraserValley.pdf

Stobbe, Tracy, 2009. “Understanding Disturbance Caused by Avian Auditory Deterrents: A         Literature Review of the Broader Context of Noise Externalities and the Implications             for Future Study”, report submitted to the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands    (MAL) and the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD), January.

Eagle, Alison J., Tracy Stobbe, G. Cornelis van Kooten and Geerte Cotteleer, 2008. “Agricultural            Land Values – Can Productive Agriculture Survive Development Pressures in British Columbia?”, Farm Level Policy (FLP) Policy Brief, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), April.

Stobbe, Tracy, G. Cornelis van Kooten and Geerte Cotteleer, 2007. “Externalities and Valuation of Farmland in the Urban Fringe”, Farm Level Policy (FLP) Policy Brief, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), May. Available online at: Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. .ualberta.ca/Publications/PolicyBriefs/FLP_Policy_Brief2007-02.pdf

Other Research

Stobbe, Tracy, 2008. “The Economics and Externalities of Agricultural Land in the Urban Fringe”, PhD dissertation, University of Victoria.  Available through D-space at the University of Victoria’s website: http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1055

Wates, Tracy, 2003. “Exotic Species in National Parks: Managing Public Conflict”, National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior, and the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley.

(1996 – 2007)  Numerous articles and opinion pieces in newspapers across Canada including The Ottawa Citizen and The Toronto Star.

Conferences

Western Regional Science Association (WRSA) annual meeting
    February 24th to 27th, 2013, Santa Barbara, California

Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA)
    June 25th to28th , 2012, Langley, BC

Economics Articulation Meeting (BCCAT)
    April 30th to May 1st , 2012, Vancouver, BC

Economics Articulation Meeting (BCCAT)
    May 2nd to 3rd , 2011, Victoria, BC

Western Regional Science Association (WRSA) annual meeting
    February 27th to March 2nd, 2011, Monterey, California
    Presentation: “Noise Externalities in the Urban Fringe: A Contingent Valuation Study into Propane Cannons Used in Blueberry Fields”

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC) policy conference
    January 13th to 14th, 2011, Ottawa, ON
    Poster Presentation: “Externalities in the Urban Fringe: The Case of Propane Cannons in Blueberry Fields in B.C.”

International Journal of Arts and Science (IJAS) annual conference
    June 8th to 11th, 2010, Provence, France
    Presentation: “Agriculture in the Urban Fringe: How Land Values and Farming Practices Change in the Shadow of Big Cities”

Economics Articulation Meeting (BCCAT)
    May 3rd to 4th, 2010, Vancouver, BC (UBC hosted)

Western Regional Science Association (WRSA) annual meeting
    February 21st to 24th, 2010, Sedona, Arizona
    Presentation: “Agricultural Rezoning in the Urban-Rural Fringe”

BC Land Summit
    May 20th to 22nd, 2009, Whistler, BC
    Presentation: “The Effectiveness of Niche and Local Marketing as Agricultural Survival Strategies on the Urban Fringe”

Western Regional Science Association (WRSA) annual meeting
    February 22nd to 25th, 2009, Napa, California
    Presentation: “Expert Opinion vs. Transaction Evidence: Using the Reilly Index to Measure Open Space Premiums in the Urban-Rural Fringe”

Farm Level Policy Network, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC) workshop meeting
    October 23rd, 2008, Ottawa, ON
    Presentation: “Agricultural Land in the Urban Fringe: Policy Implications”

Canadian Agricultural Economics Society workshop
    October 24th and 25th, 2008, Ottawa, ON
    PosterPresentation: “Agriculture in the Urban Fringe”

Canadian Economics Association (CEA) annual meeting
    June 6th to 8th, 2008, Vancouver, BC
    Presentation: “Expert Opinion vs. Transaction Evidence: Using the Reilly Index to Measure Open Space Premiums in the Urban-Rural Fringe”

International Conference on Agricultural Policy Changes: Canada, EU and the WTO
    September 13th to 15th, 2007, Victoria, BC
    Presentation: “Hobby Farms and Protection of Farmland in British Columbia”

Joint Annual Meeting of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES) and the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA)
    July 29th to August 1st, 2007, Portland, Oregon
    Presentation: “Hobby Farms and Protection of Farmland in British Columbia”

Understanding Relations in Nature and Economy: An Application to the Rural Countryside
    May 31st to June 2nd, 2007, Wageningen (The Netherlands)
    Presentation: “Farmland Conservation in The Netherlands and British Columbia, Canada: A Comparative Analysis Using GIS-based Hedonic Pricing Models”

Farm Level Policy research network (FLP)-AAFC-CAES joint workshop
    October, 2006, Calgary, AB
    Presentation updating the network about current research progress and directions

FLP-AAFC joint workshop
    March, 2006, Ottawa, ON

Canadian Resource and Environmental Economists’ (CREE) Working Group meeting
    October, 2003, Victoria, BC

Expertise

Economics, environmental, natural resource and agricultural economics and policy, the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and urban fringe issues in agriculture, and history of economic thought

Courses Taught

Currently teaching:

Business Statistics (BUSI/ECON 275)

Quantitative Methods (BUSI/ECON 276)

History of Economic Thought (HIST/ECON 306)

Taught in the past:

Microeconomics (BUSI/ECON 201)

Money and Banking (BUSI/ECON 304)