Elizabeth A. Stanton, Ph.D.

In early 2017, Dr. Stanton founded the Applied Economics Clinic (www.aeclinic.org), a non-profit consulting group housed at Tufts University's Global Development and Environment Institute. The Clinic provides expert testimony, analysis, modeling, policy briefs, and reports for public interest groups on the topics of energy, environment, consumer protection, and equity, while providing on-the-job training to a new generation of technical experts.

Dr. Stanton is an independent consultant with more than 16 years of professional experience as an environmental economist, and has authored more than 140 reports, policy studies, white papers, journal articles, and book chapters on topics related to energy, the economy, and the environment.

In her previous position as a principal economist at Synapse Energy Economics, Dr. Stanton led studies examining environmental regulation, cost-benefit analyses, and the economics of energy efficiency and renewable energy. She has submitted expert testimony and comments in Illinois, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and several federal dockets. Her recent work includes extensive analysis of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, critiquing the analyses used to support a flawed valuation method for nuclear power plants, developing testimony on Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) compliance for the Massachusetts Departments of Energy Resources and Environmental Protection, and analysis of the need for new gas pipelines in New England, and the U.S. Southeast.

Prior to joining Synapse, Dr. Stanton was a senior economist with the Stockholm Environment Institute’s (SEI’s) Climate Economics Group, where she was responsible for leading the organization’s work on the Consumption-Based Emissions Inventory (CBEI) model and on water issues and climate change in the western U.S. While at SEI, Dr. Stanton led domestic and international studies commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme, Friends of the Earth-U.K., and Environmental Defense. 

Dr. Stanton’s articles have been published in Ecological Economics, Renewable Climatic Change, Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Science & Technology, and other journals. She has also published books, including Climate Change and Global Equity (Anthem Press, 2014) and Climate Economics: The State of the Art (Routledge, 2013), which she co-wrote with her colleague at Synapse, Dr. Frank Ackerman. Stanton is also coauthor of Environment for the People (Political Economy Research Institute, 2005, with James K. Boyce) and co-editor of Reclaiming Nature: Worldwide Strategies for Building Natural Assets (Anthem Press, 2007, with Boyce and Sunita Narain).

She earned her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and has taught economics at Tufts University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the College of New Rochelle, among others.