Carolyn Fischer


Carolyn Fischer
Institute of the Environment and Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Canada 150 Research Chair in Climate Economics, Innovation and Policy

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Master's of Environmental Sustainability - Carolyn Fisher


Carolyn Fischer is the University of Ottawa’s Canada 150 Research Chair in Climate Economics, Innovation and Policy and is cross-appointed with the Faculty of Social Sciences. Ms. Fisher is a senior fellow with Resources for the Future (RFF) and currently holds joint appointments as a professor of environmental economics at Vrije Universiteit – Amsterdam. She is also a Tinbergen Institute affiliate, a fellow of the CESifo Research Network and a member of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Economics and Environmental Policy Research Network. She was the Marks Visiting Professor at Gothenburg University in 2017–2018 and an EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellow from 2014 to 2016. She is currently vice-president and council member for the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). She has served on the board of directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and currently serves on the scientific board of Economics for Energy and the economics advisory board of the Environmental Defense Fund. She is a co-editor of Environmental & Resource Economics and serves on the editorial board of the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy and the International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics. She earned her PhD in economics from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. In 1994–1995, she served as a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers.


Fischer’s research explores questions of environmental policy instrument design. She applies microeconomic theory and other modelling techniques to a variety of environmental and resource management issues, including climate and renewable energy policies, carbon leakage, technological innovation, eco-certification and wildlife conservation. A recent focus of her research is the interplay between international trade and climate policy, options for stimulating innovation, avoiding carbon leakage and the implications for energy-intensive, trade-exposed sectors.

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