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Ardyn Nordstrom

Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration

Office:5138 Richcraft Hall

Research areas

Program and policy evaluation, development economics, education, cost-benefit analysis, mixed-methods evaluation, machine learning

Brief Biography

PhD in Economics (Queen’s University, 2022)
MA in Economics (Carleton University
Bachelor of Commerce (Carleton University)

Professor Nordstrom is an applied microeconomist specializing in economic development, education, food security, and gender equality. Her research focuses on how machine learning tools and text mining methods can improve the design and evaluation of development projects and policies. Prof. Nordstrom has designed and implemented numerous randomized control trials, mixed-methods evaluations, and cost-benefit analyses of projects with international agencies, governments, and NGOs. This includes projects with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Kingdom’s Agency for International Development (UKAID), World Vision International, World Vision Canada, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, and the Government of Malawi’s National Planning Commission. Her work includes projects in Canada, Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Honduras, Cambodia, Brazil, Malawi, Kenya, and Uganda. Prof. Nordstrom is also a member of the One Society Network, an interdisciplinary research institute linking economists and epidemiologists to better understand and manage pandemic threats in Canada.