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Talk – Interdisciplinary Thinking Outside of the Academy: Lessons from Program Evaluation

February 6, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jigsaw puzzle piecesThe talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine.

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Speaker: Emma Fox, Associate, Industrial Economics, Inc.

Environmental economic consulting informs decision-making by federal and state clients working to set climate and energy policy or develop programs for improving equity in disadvantaged communities. This type of consulting can also inform decisions taken by private sector companies working to reduce their carbon footprint going forward under new sustainability initiatives. Industrial Economics, Inc. (IEc) is an environmental economic consulting firm based in Cambridge, MA, with practices in public policy analysis, natural resource damage assessment, carbon footprint analysis, and program evaluation. In this talk, IEc Associate Emma Fox will discuss how program evaluation provides an avenue for using interdisciplinary thinking to identify successes and barriers and develop recommendations for government-sponsored programs. Emma will also talk about her interdisciplinary research experiences at the University of Maine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, and the ways in which her time at UMaine has supported her career at IEc.

Emma Fox is an Associate at Industrial Economics, Inc. (IEc). Emma specializes in interdisciplinary social science methods, with expertise in stakeholder outreach and engagement, energy policy analysis, decision support, and energy technologies. Her work for IEc focuses on program evaluation for state and federal clients, including characterizing community outreach and engagement for improving market uptake of clean energy services, benchmarking best practices, and assessing program implementation in response to energy and climate policies. Emma holds both a Ph.D. and M.S. in Ecology & Environmental Science from the University of Maine.



February 6, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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107 Norman Smith Hall
Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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