MPhil in Economics
Research Interests: Threats to cultural heritage.
Apsara Iyer studies the way digital platforms can be harnessed to deliver localized risk assessments and enable civic participation. She is particularly interested in the role of identity and beliefs in the valuation of cultural patrimony, broadly understood. Her research has combined fieldwork and data mining techniques to deliver empirical analyses of the threats to cultural heritage in Syria, Peru, India, and Colombia. Her interest in the intersection of civic participation and economic development has led her to intern at the White House Council of Economic Advisors, World Bank, and University of Pennsylvania Cultural Heritage Center. She graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics & Economics and Spanish from Yale University in 2016.