Srishti Slaria

Srishti Slaria
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant

Contact Info

239 Snow Hall


I came to the United States in 2015 to play intercollegiate tennis while doing my undergraduate degree in economics and psychology. After graduating, I joined the University of Kansas to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics. My motivation to conduct research is driven by my curiosity about human behavior and the hope of improving the well-being of society. In my personal time, I enjoy traveling and learning about history and ancient cultures through books, podcasts, and sightseeing.


M.A. in Economics, University of Kansas, 2020
B.A. in Economics and Psychology, Eastern Illinois University, 2019


  • Energy Economics
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics

My current research seeks to explore the impacts of climate change and natural resource scarcity, and the policy implications of the findings. Within energy economics, my research focuses on the US electricity sector. In the environmental realm, I have studied household water conservation. In the future, I am especially interested in applying behavioral theories and tools to improve consumer decision-making with regard to energy and environmental behaviors such as conservation, recycling, food waste, and transportation, both in the US and internationally. Other interests include environmental justice, energy transition, environmental health impacts, and improving consumer health/lifestyle behaviors using behavioral economics. I have a mix of research experience, working in academic and non-academic settings, and in both the US and developing countries. I will be on the job market in Fall 2023.


ECON 510

Office Hours (Fall 2023)

Monday/Wednesday: 10am - 11:00am

Teaching Experience

Econ 510 - Energy Economics (Instructor of Record)

Econ 142 - Principles of Microeconomics (Instructor of Record)

Econ 801 - Microeconomics I (GTA)

Econ 144 - Principles of Macroeconomics (GTA)

Selected Publications

Slaria, Srishti, Molly Robertson, and Karen Palmer. (2023). “Expanding the Possibilities: When and Where Can Grid-Enhancing Technologies, Distributed Energy Resources, and Microgrids Support the Grid of the Future?” Resources for the Future. September.

Tsvetanov, Tsvetan, and Srishti Slaria. "The effect of the Colonial Pipeline shutdown on gasoline prices." Economics Letters 209 (2021): 110122.

Montangero, Agnes, Madan B. Regmi, and Srishti Slaria. (2021). “Improving rural accessibility and connectivity in Asia – A regional initiative.” Background paper for the 14th Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia.


  • Graduate Student Representative, Department of Economics, 2021-22
  • Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR) Doctoral Research Fellow, KU, 2022 – 2023
  • IPSR Center for Environment Policy Research Fellow, KU, 2021 - present
  • Referee - Applied Economics Letters

In addition to these, I engage in community service through volunteering, both in the US and India.