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Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

Areas of Interest: Environmental planning, energy and climate change policy, resource management, system modeling

(Ph.D. 2007, University of Hawaii at Manoa)
(808) 956-2890
email: makenaka@hawaii.edu

Overview:

  • Specializes in regional economy-environment modeling with expertise in energy policy and climate change mitigation/adaptation
  • Research Fellow with the University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization
  • Board Member of the Honolulu Clean Cities program
  • Current research assesses energy planning and regulatory mechanisms to help Hawai‘i and the U.S. meet their clean energy goals, including low-carbon transportation options
  • BA in International Relations from Stanford University, minor in Economics
  • PhD in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Appointments & Affiliations:

Associate Professor, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Department of Urban & Regional Planning

Research Fellow, University of Hawai`i Economic Research Organization

Teaching:

Courses include Urban Economics, Planning Methods, Research Methods, Planning Practicum and Environmental Planning.

Advising:

Student advising in areas of environmental planning relating to management of natural resources and environmental impacts (ex: energy, fisheries, shoreline management, low carbon building, and transportation strategies).

Selected Publications & Reports:

Coffman, M., Wee, S., Bonham, C., and Salim, G. (2016). “A Policy Analysis of Hawaii’s Solar Tax Credit Incentive,” Renewable Energy, 85: 2036-1043.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S. (2015). Electric Vehicle Lifecycle Cost Assessment for Hawaii. Electric Vehicle Transportation Center, University of Central Florida.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S. (2015). Factors affecting EV Adoption: A literature review and EV forecast for Hawaii. Electric Vehicle Transportation Center, University of Central Florida. Available at: http://evtc.fsec.ucf.edu/publications/documents/HNEI-04-15.pdf.

Mochizuki, J., Coffman, M., and Yanagida, J. (2015). “Market, Welfare and Land-Use Implications of Lignocellulosic Bioethanol in Hawaii,” Renewable Energy, 76: 102-114.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P. (2014). “Linking Hawaii’s Islands with Wind Energy.” Annals of Regional Science, DOI 10.1007/s00168-014-0644-y.

Coffman, M. (2014). “Energy,” The Value of Hawaii 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions, Eds. Yamashiro, Aiko; Goodyear-Kaopua, Noelani.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S., and Schafer, C. (2014). An Economic and GHG Analysis of LNG in Hawaii. UHERO Working Paper Series. Available at: http://www.uhero.hawaii.edu/assets/WP_2014-10.pdf

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., and Wee, S. (2014). Cost Implications of GHG Regulation in Hawaii. UHERO Working Paper Series. Available at: http://uhero.hawaii.edu/assets/WP_2014-5.pdf

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S., and Frost, A. (2014). PURPA and the Impact of Existing Avoided Cost Contracts on Hawaii’s Electricity Sector. UHERO Working Paper Series. Available at: http://uhero.hawaii.edu/assets/WP_2014-5.pdf

Coffman, M., Griffin, J., and Bernstein, P. (2012). “An Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions-Weighted Clean Energy Standards,” Energy Policy, 45: 122-132.

Coffman, M., Noy, I., (2012). “Hurricane Iniki: Measuring the Long-Term Economic Impact of a Natural Disaster Using Synthetic Control,” Environment and Development Economics, 17(2): 187-205.

Coffman, M., Noy, I., (2010). “A Hurricane Hits Hawai‘i: A Tale of Vulnerability to Natural Disasters,” CESifo Forum 11(2): 67-72.

Coffman, M, Umemoto, K. (2010). “The Triple-Bottom-Line: Framing of Tradeoffs in Sustainability Planning Practice,” Environment, Development and Sustainability, 10(5), 597-610.

Coffman, M. (2010). “Oil Price Shocks and Hawai‘i’s Economy: An Analysis of the Oil-Price Macroeconomy Relationship,” Annals of Regional Science 44(3), 599-620.

Coffman, M. (2009). “University Leadership in Island Climate Mitigation,” International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 10(3): 239-249.

Coffman, M., Kim, K. (2009). “The Economic Impacts of Banning Commercial Bottomfish Fishing in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands,” Ocean and Coastal Management 52(3-4), 166-172

Kauai Economic Development Board Agricultural Conference 2010. Luncheon Keynote Address. August 6, 2010.

Coffman, M. (2009). “Hawai`i Bioenergy Master Plan: Economic Impacts,” written as part of the State of Hawai`i Bioenergy Master Plan, Hawai`i Natural Energy Institute, commissioned by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

Coffman, M. (2008). “Concepts in Greenhouse Gas Regulation: A Primer on Meeting ACT 234,” A Publication of the University of Hawai`i Economic Research Organization (UHERO), September 29.

Coffman, M. (2008). “An Overview of U.S. Regional and National Climate Change Mitigation Strategies: Lessons for Hawai`i,” A Publication of the University of Hawai`i Economic Research Organization (UHERO), August 25.

Coffman, M., Surles, T., and Konan, D. (2007). “Analysis of the Impact of Petroleum Prices on the State of Hawai`i’s Economy,” prepared for the State of Hawai`i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

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