Carolyn Fischer is the University of Ottawa’s Canada 150 Research Chair in Climate Economics, Innovation and Policy, with cross-appointments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Institute of the Environment.
Prof. Fischer is also a professor of environmental economics at Vrije Universiteit – Amsterdam. She is a senior fellow with Resources for the Future (RFF), 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 a Council Member for the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) and has previously served on the board of directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE). She serves on expert advisory boards for the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC–Berlin), the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), Economics for Energy, and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). She is co-editor of Environmental and 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 Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor in 1997. In 1994-1995 she served as a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers to the President.
Dr. 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.