With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world's largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.
EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our .
High Meadow Post-Doctoral Fellow, Economist
EDF has a proud record of helping achieve environmental outcomes that are economically efficient, environmentally effective, and fair. Our advocacy is informed by the best science and economics, we typically engage in partnerships (academia, business, communities, government, other environmental non-governmental organizations) and we are pragmatic in finding the ways that work to make progress. As regards the application of economics, our tradition and practice is to favor market-led approaches where feasible, and in general to ensure that our advocacy advances both human wellbeing and environmental ambition, achieving environmental outcomes while enabling continuing innovation and enterprise development and helping people everywhere thrive.
The appointee will be based in the group led by the Chief Economist (Economics and Global Climate Cooperation) and will work closely with other areas of EDF, including the programs that have core responsibility for our advocacy.
We are seeking a post-doctoral Economist dedicated to deepening the economic underpinnings of our advocacy in ways that are rigorous, evidence-based, effective, and stand up to peer review. Expertise would be valued in any of the following areas:
Environmental Justice: EDF is committed to standing with environmental justice groups globally to reduce the inequities caused by pollution and climate change on disadvantaged communities. Economics can play a role in identifying the causes and potential policy solutions to help reduce these inequities and improve the wellbeing of frontline communities and people in developing countries.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges the world faces and most of EDF's work targets it in some way. Climate mitigation policies: Economists at EDF are developing innovative and equitable ways to guide market forces to support cooperation among countries and across key sectors. Policies that EDF economists are working on to help mitigate climate change include: modelling transitions to net-zero emissions; emissions pricing; carbon credits for natural climate solutions; international ‘carbon markets' or more generally ways to transfer resources to effectively support emission reduction in developing countries; climate innovation, and reducing methane from oil and gas production.
Climate disclosure: We work with companies and the finance sector to make climate emissions and risk transparent and strengthen private sector commitments to finding solutions.
Energy Markets: To bring about a clean energy future, EDF is leveraging economics to identify the role of markets in accelerating private investment in clean energy technologies, in particular for electric and gas markets both in the US and abroad.
Climate Resilience: As climate change advances upon us, finding ways to be more resilient to these changes is key. Work in this area includes coastal adaptation, natural infrastructure, and equitable investment in protection.
Air Quality: Improving air quality across the world is key to bringing about improved health and wellbeing of all individuals, and in particular, for disadvantaged communities who have been most affected by emissions. Through the use of economics, we work to identify solutions, policies, and data-to-action approaches that can help improve the air worldwide.
Transport and Environment: Transportation is one of the largest sectors of carbon pollution worldwide and medium and heavy-duty vehicles are a key area of concern for both carbon and local air quality. Economics plays a large role in understanding the need for public investment in this space while leveraging rules, regulations, pricing and incentives to accelerate private investment.
Within the Fellow's area(s) of focus:
Perform original, rigorous research on topics relevant to EDF's advocacy, for publication.
Monitor peer-reviewed literature and synthesize and disseminate relevant information for EDF economists, scientists, lawyers and policy specialists.
Participate in the development or refinement of EDF's policy positions based on the Fellow's research, analysis and knowledge of the peer-reviewed literature.
Maintain and build ties to the academic/research communities through outreach, presentations at workshops and conferences, informal contacts, etc.
Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF.
Participate in EDF's professional development program for post-doctoral fellows.
Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate will have a combination of the following:
Hold a recent Ph.D. in economics, or a related area such as public policy, with a strong emphasis on environment or resource management issues.
Record of research focused on environmental economics and/or policy.
Interest in and demonstrated capacity for translating economic theory into real-world applications and practice.
Ability to work with and communicate effectively with researchers, policy stakeholders, with a range of disciplinary backgrounds.
Have demonstrated ability to work effectively independently and with multidisciplinary teams that have a shared objective.
Proficiency in spoken and written English is required; other language skills a plus.
Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Knowledge and experience working with colleagues and partners from varied backgrounds.
Location: Austin, Boston, NYC, Raleigh, San Francisco, DC, or Remote US
Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.