Research Scholar - Carbon Pricing and Revenues


The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs seeks a Research Scholar to contribute to a major research initiative on carbon pricing and revenues. The position will report to the Center’s Founding Director. Successful execution will require generating original research, managing commissioned research and communicating research findings clearly and concisely to a range of audiences in a manner that maximizes policy impact, as well as contributing to the Center’s wider research and convening efforts.  This project will help to understand the carbon pricing design options available and their respective environmental, energy market, and economic impacts, including how carbon pricing would interact with existing energy, environmental and tax policies at the state and national level.

Main Responsibilities

Research and Analysis

1) Identify and execute on priority areas of work and appropriate research methodologies for qualitative and quantitative analysis. Focus areas should likely include: Carbon pricing design options; Interactions with existing policies; Energy market and environmental impacts; Tax interactions and distributional effects; International competitiveness; and state and local policies, among others.

2) Regularly publish outputs that provide quantitative and qualitative economic policy analysis on the above areas. These will take the form of research reports, issue briefs, op-eds, and other outputs.

Management, Coordination and Leadership

1) Responsible for supervising and directly engaging with the work of external partners to ensure the timely delivery of relevant, rigorous and objective research and analysis.

2) Leverage the resources available across Columbia University to ensure the program is cross-disciplinary and engages faculty and students.

Convene and Communicate

1) Organize and execute senior-level roundtables to incorporate expert review from a broad range of perspectives into the research process

2) Organize and execute public discussions to improve the general understanding of complex issues

3) Clearly communicate research findings into actionable, policy-relevant, market-relevant mediums for multiple audiences [e.g. policymakers, business leaders, general public]. Must possess the ability to convey complex data and information in a succinct and easy to digest manner for immediate impact.


Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in economics or equivalent in training and experience.

8+ years of senior-level experience in tax, economic and energy/environmental policy analysis.

Experience in policy analysis, development or advisory services and management of economic and policy research programs.

Extensive knowledge of tax policy, energy economics, public policy processes, related institutional arrangements, and the substantive policy issues.

A proven record of conducting relations at senior levels and the ability to achieve consensus and interact effectively with multiple high-level stakeholders.

Strong communication skills; the ability to build support across partners for better policies, on the basis of evidence-based analysis.

Preferred Qualifications:

PhD in energy/environmental economics or a directly related field.


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Screening of the candidates will begin immediately and the search will remain open no less than 30 days from the date of posting and continue until filled.  For further information, please contact Joe Chartier, Academic Department Administrator, Office of Academic Affairs, at

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer; applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.