Associate Professor
Office
Trinity Western University, Langley/BC
Phone
+1 (604) 513-2121 ext. 3476
Fax:
+1 (604) 513-2042
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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, economics theory, 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 playing the viola, scrapbooking, taking her poodle for walks, and playing with her son.

Research & Scholarship

Dr. Stobbe's 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.  Her 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.  Most recently, her research has examined farmers' markets in the Vancouver-area and the habits, attitudes and demographics of consumers.

In a more general sense, Dr. Stobbe is interested in how market mechanisms can be used to protect the environment.  During her master's degree she did some work relating to wetland mitigation banking and how non-profit and for-profit groups are helping conserve and restore the environment.  She hope that over time governments will continue harness this immense potential resevoir (the market) in helping protect the 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

Stobbe, Tracy, 2016. "Making Sense of the Dollars Spent at Farmers' Markets” Journal of Food Distribution Research, Vol. 47 (2), 138-161.

Eagle, Alison J., David E. Eagle, Tracy E. Stobbe, and G. Cornelis van Kooten, 2015. “Farmland Protection and Agricultural Land Values at the Urban-Rural Fringe”, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 97 (1), 282-298.

Stobbe, Tracy, 2014. “Green Noise: Measuring the Value of Agricultural Noise in the Urban Fringe”, BC Studies, no. 183, Autumn, 127-144.

Cotteleer, Geerte, (Tracy Stobbe) and G. Cornelis van Kooten, 2012. “Expert Opinion versus Actual Transaction Evidence in the Valuation of Non-market Amenities” Economic Modelling, Vol. 29 (1), 32-40.

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. 

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/services/regional-pl...

Conference Presentations:

North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) Annual Meeting

          November 8th to 11th, Vancouver, BC

          Presentation: “Changes Over Time: Consumers at Vancouver’s Farmers’ Markets”

BC Studies Confernece

          May 4th to 6th, 2017, Nanaimo, BC

          Presentation: "Farmers' Markets in the British Columbian Context"

Clute Institute International Business and Education Conference

          June 7th to 11th, 2015 London, UK

          Presentation: “Making Sense of the Dollars Spent at Farmers’ Markets”

Western Regional Science Association (WRSA) annual meeting

          February 16th to 19th, 2014, San Diego, California

          Presentation: “To Market, To Market To Buy… What?: A Consumer Survey at Farmers’ Markets in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley of British Columbia”

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”

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

          Poster Presentation: “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”

Affiliations & Memberships

Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES) (Reviewer for Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics (CJAE))

Western Regional Science Association (WRSA)

Association of Christian Economists (ACE)

BC Studies (Reviewer of scholarly articles)

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)

A Rocha Canada

Mensa Canada

Expertise

Environmental economics, agricultural economics, history of economic thought, economic theory, statistics, teaching economics

Courses Taught

ECON 102, ECON 201, ECON 301, ECON/HIST 306, ECON/BUSI 275