Suzi Kerr

Chief Economist, Environmental Defense Fund

Suzi Kerr is the Chief Economist at Environmental Defense Fund. Most recently, she served as a senior fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, adjunct professor at Victoria University, and principal investigator for Te Pūnaha Matatini, a center of research excellence focused on networks and complex systems. She is a member of and special adviser to the New Zealand interim Climate Change Committee. She graduated from Harvard University in 1995 with a Ph.D. in Economics. From 1998 to 2009 she was the founding director of Motu. In 2010, she won the NZIER Economics Award. She has also worked at the University of Maryland at College Park, Resources for the Future, the Joint Center for the Science and Policy of Global Change at MIT, and was a visiting professor at Stanford University and the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. She is a member of the Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Panel and, in 2018, served as the president of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. Her current research work focuses on climate change. She empirically and theoretically investigates domestic and international climate change policy with special emphasis on emissions pricing and land use in both the tropics and New Zealand. She has led and co-led several large international projects including the writing of the World Bank and ICAP handbook on emissions trading ‘Emissions Trading in Practice’.



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