Elham Erfanian is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service, Ohio University closely involved in projects focusing on economic development.
Her research interests lie in the fields of Economic Development, Urban and Regional Economics, Health Economics, Energy Economics, Environmental, and Natural Resource Economics. In particular, she focuses on the opioid crisis, mental health, public health and rural development, energy generation and health outcomes, water quality and environmental justice, and how they impact and are impacted by regional economies. She also has done work on the topics of energy, public policy, and research outcomes. She has previously worked at the University of Kentucky, Department of Agricultural Economics as a Research Assistant Professor working closely with the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK).
Her research has been published in Energy Policy, Economic Development Quarterly, the Review of Regional Studies, Water Economics and Policy, and Water Resources and Economics, among others. She received a Ph.D. in natural resource economics, and an M.Sc. in agricultural resource economics from West Virginia University, an M.Sc. in agricultural economics from the University of Tehran, and a B.Sc. in agricultural economics from the Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman.