Makena Coffman is the Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Areas of Interest: Environmental planning, energy and climate change policy, resource management, system modeling
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
- 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:
Research Fellow, University of Hawai`i Economic Research Organization
Courses include Urban Economics, Planning Methods, Research Methods, Planning Practicum and Environmental Planning.
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.