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Senior Associate, U.S. & Economics for the World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

In this role, you will work with a leading team of global economists and US policy experts to produce research that leads to greenhouse gas reductions while promoting equitable, sustainable economies worldwide. Your research and leadership will advance WRI-United States’ work around equitable and just climate policies to decarbonize the U.S. economy and the Economics Center’s work to advance innovative approaches to supporting inclusive green economic transitions in major economies. As the United States continues its transition away from polluting vehicles and emissions-intensive energy resources to address the challenges of climate change, the importance of prioritizing a just and equitable transition in the face of this transformational change is growing.

You will play a leading role in advancing high-impact research, analysis, and strategy on WRI’s US program, leading and supporting across US projects that seek to catalyze an equitable climate transition in the United States through rigorous analysis and policy engagement. You will support WRI’s efforts to model climate change and energy transition scenarios and their equity implications through a portfolio that could include: examining what combinations of policies could achieve ambitious emissions reductions over the next decade on a pathway to zero net emissions by 2050; analyzing the socioeconomic implications of alternative policy sets; systematic analysis of the health impacts from the cumulative burden of pollution at the community level and how this varies as a function of location, race, and other demographic factors; and informing related policy deliberations at the federal, state, and local level.

You will also leverage your experience to enhance WRI capabilities in modeling energy and climate change scenarios across countries with a focus on ensuring equity and emissions reductions. You will advise economists working across countries and provide insight and guidance on relevant economic projects across International Offices, Programs, and Centers as relevant.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based in Washington, DC when the office reopens.

Learn more about the position and how to apply here