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Travis Roach

Assistant Professor
Phone: (405) 974-5347

Biographical Info

Dr. Travis Roach is an assistant professor with the department of economics at UCO and is an MBA faculty member. Roach originally hails from Austin, TX and made his way to Oklahoma by way of Lubbock, TX where he completed his doctorate in economics. His dissertation was a collection of three papers concerning carbon dioxide emissions in the United States. After completing his doctorate, Roach served as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Wind Institute where he taught courses on wind energy economics, policy and law. Before living on the windy plains of West Texas, he attended the University of North Texas where he received a B.A in music and a B.S. in economics.

His research interests are in the fields of environmental economics and industrial organization with specific applications to energy economics. His research in energy economics has focused primarily on carbon dioxide emissions from energy use, and alternative energy sources including wind and bio-fuels. This research has been featured in newspapers locally and around the world including the Journal Record and the Sydney Morning Herald of Australia. Most recently Roach was awarded a grant through the NSF Oklahoma EPSCOR program to study the economic effects of induced seismicity. This work has recently been published in a top-tier general interest economics journal. Additionally, he has led many workshops on economic pedagogy and was invited to the University of Nottingham in Ningbo China for a two-day lecture series on active learning and flipped classrooms.

In his free time, Roach likes to listen to podcasts, play soccer, drink Oklahoma craft beer and explore Oklahoma City with his wife, Anna.

Refereed Publications

  • Price Discrimination at the Pump: Competitive Effects of Ethanol and Ethanol Blended Gasoline (2015) Role: PI. Funding Agency: STLR. Funding amount: $6,400
    • Also, supported by UCO New Faculty startup grant, Funding amount: $641.

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