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Travis Roach

Assistant Professor
Phone: (405) 974-2934
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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 post-doctoral fellow at the National Wind Institute where he taught courses on wind energy economics, policy and law. Prior to 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 economic policy, environmental economics and industrial organization with specific applications to energy economics. His research has focused on carbon dioxide emissions from energy use, alternative energy sources including wind and bio-fuels, and the unintended consequences of energy production and consumption. This research has been featured in newspapers locally and around the world including the Journal Record in Oklahoma City 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. 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, he likes to listen to podcasts, play soccer and work in the garden with his wife, Anna.

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Funded Research Grants

  • Morals Aside (2018) Role: PI, Faculty Mentor, Undergraduate Research Project. Funding Agency: STLR. Funding amount: $1,600
  • The Costs of Induced Seismicity: A Hedonic Analysis (2016) Role: PI. Funding Agency: EPSCoR ROA+.  Funding amount: $12,326.
    • Also supported by STLR grant, Funding amount: $3,000.
  • 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 Start-up grant, Funding amount: $641.

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