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Carolyn Alkire

2016 Research Fellow

Carolyn Alkire is an environmental economist with expertise in applied research and public policy. She consults providing research, analyses, and reports on a range of natural resource and environmental management and policy issues for non-profits and private clients. Her recent projects include an assessment of the potential consequences of changes to a state’s renewable energy target, economic analysis of a multi-benefit floodplain management program, and financial review of a proposed integrated waste management facility. Her research interests focus on the identification and implementation of funding mechanisms that capture ecosystem service values to offset long-term costs of sustaining natural resources. 

Prior to consulting, Carolyn was a Resource Economist with The Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C., worked for private consulting firms that supported federal agencies in the D.C. area, and was Senior Regional Economist for San Diego’s metropolitan planning organization. She has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and conference presentations. Carolyn earned a PhD in Public Policy from George Washington University, a MS in Economics with a Statistics minor from North Carolina State University, and BA, cum laude, from the University of Richmond. 

Research Focus: 
Car Fuel Efficiency
Truck Fuel Efficiency
Train Fuel Efficiency
Specialties: environmental economics, applied research, public policy, natural resource and environmental management
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