Urvashi Narain

Lead Economist, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy
World Bank

With over 20 years’ experience on issues at the intersection of environment and development policy, Urvashi Narain’s areas of expertise span from air pollution management, and watershed management, to nature-based tourism. She led the 2016 World Bank publication: The Cost of Air Pollution: Strengthening the Economic Case for Action that influenced World Bank operations in air quality management across South Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Currently she leads the Air Pollution and COVID-19 initiative at the Bank. For the past six years she has developed a partnership with the Natural Capital Project to bring innovative tools to World Bank operations on watershed management mapping, valuing, and prioritizing investments in ecosystem services. Until recently she led the Nature-based Tourism Community at the World Bank, and currently leads the Environmental Economics Community, a group of 40 environmental economists at the World Bank. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, and Land Economics.