Assistant Professor of Water Economics & Policy

Areas of Expertise: Water resources management; environmental economics; cost-benefit analysis; flood risk mitigation; urban water systems.

Maura Allaire is an Assistant Professor of Water Economics and Policy at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on developing solutions to environmental challenges through integrated understanding of economic and natural systems. Specific areas of interest include the development of improved strategies for flood risk management, assessing trends in water security, and decision support for water resource management.

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University’s Earth Institute from 2015-2017. Her professional experience spans the public and private sectors, including international organizations (World Bank, Global Development Network), think tanks (Resources for the Future, International Water Management Institute), and environmental consulting (AMEC).

Research Opportunities:

Prospective graduate students and postdocs are welcome to get in touch. Ideal candidates will have experience conducting quantitative analysis, with backgrounds in economics, environmental science, public policy, urban planning, or related fields.