Biography

Hello! Welcome to my site.

I work on electricity markets, climate policy and energy transitions. I tend to use empirical methods to evaluate policy effectiveness and better understand consumer and firm behaviour. My goal is to bring rigorous evidence to help policy makers craft better policy.

Prior to returning to academia, I had a 15 year career in energy trading, specializing in electricity, natural gas and emissions markets. I received my PhD in economics from the University of Calgary, Master of Philosophy in economics from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from Queen’s University. I recently held visiting scholar and Fulbright postdoctoral scholar positions at the Toulouse School of Economics and Stanford University.

My recent research has been published in Nature, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Public Policy, Energy Economics, and the Energy Journal. My popular writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, CBC, and other media outlets. I am frequently asked to provide policy advisor services for governments at various levels on energy and environmental policy matters.

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Interests
  • Electricity markets
  • Climate policy
  • Energy transitions
Education
  • PhD in Economics, 2018

    University of Calgary

  • MPhil in Economics, 2003

    Cambridge University

  • BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science, 2000

    Queen's University

Peer-reviewed policy papers and reports

(2016). Lifting the hood on Alberta’s royalty review. School of Public Policy Briefing Paper.

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Policy notes

  • Dead Weight Loss, UC Berkeley Energy Institute Blog, Oct 26, 2021 (with Maximilian Auffhammer)
  • Cheap renewables have arrived, School of Public Policy, Energy & Environmental Policy Trends, Nov 22, 2020 (with Nick Schumacher, Victoria Goodday and Jen Winter)

Teaching

This academic year I am teaching:

  • ECON 429: Advanced Economics of Electricity Markets (Undergraduate), Winter 2022
  • PPOL 623: MPP Capstone course (Masters), Fall 2021/Winter 2022 with Dr. Lisa Young

Past courses taught include:

  • SEDV 623: Strategic Environmental Planning for Energy Organizations (Masters), Winter 2021
  • PPOL 611 - Energy Transitions and Policy (Masters), Winter 2020, Fall 2020
  • ECON 329 - Economics of Electricity Markets (Undergraduate), Fall 2019, Winter 2021
  • ECON 373 - Game Theory (Undergraduate), Spring 2018

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