Bio

Elisabeth Gilmore holds a Visiting Associate Professor position in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. As of January 2017, her primary affiliation is Associate Professor in the Environmental Science and Policy program in the Department of International Development, Community and Environment at Clark University, Worcester, MA. She also holds an affiliated researcher position at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO).

Her research focuses on three related streams: 1) Quantifying and projecting the economic and societal impacts of climate change, such as civil conflict, social unrest and human health; 2) Evaluating the economic and security implications of novel low carbon energy technologies such as small modular reactors (SMR); and 3) Integrating scenarios and modeling tools, specifically integrated assessment models, for decision-making and regulatory analysis.

Presently, she is lead PI on a Department of Defense, Minerva Research Initiative award for forecasting civil conflict and social unrest under different climate change and socioeconomic scenarios (2013 – 2017).

She was previously an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, she held an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow hosted in the Climate Science and Impacts Branch at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She was involved with the ongoing EPA efforts to develop a methodology to provide policy-relevant analysis about the US domestic benefits and risks from different climate change scenarios. She has also looked at residential energy efficiency decision-making as a postdoctoral fellow in the Climate Decision Making Center at CMU, on the economics of alternative fuel/powertrains for passenger vehicles as a consultant for the Carnegie Bosch Institute and on natural resources and civil conflict as a researcher at PRIO.

She earned a dual PhD in Engineering and Public Policy and Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). In her PhD dissertation, she evaluated the costs, air quality and human health effects of different applications for distributed electricity generation. Specifically, she employed comprehensive air quality models to develop bottom-up site specific economic estimates of the human health damages and then used these values in benefit-cost analysis frameworks. She received funding for her doctoral work from the EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship, the Link Energy Foundation, the Canadian National Science and Engineering Research Council and Achievement Rewards for College Scientists. Her thesis work was also awarded 1st place at the doctoral level at the Air and Waste Management Association Conference (2007) and best doctoral-level presentation at the Technology, Management and Policy Graduate Consortium Annual Meeting (2006). She also holds a B.A.Sc and M.A.Sc in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada.