Dr. Jessica Seddon is currently an International Affairs Fellow in the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Her project focuses on identifying ways in which the United States' experience in air quality management can contribute to global efforts to reduce air pollution, especially those components of air pollution associated with climate change. She is working with the OAR on some of their inputs into international efforts, as well as assessing the extent to and means by which EPA-like programs could be implemented in different institutional environments, especially focusing on India. She is based in India and in Washington, DC.
Prior to coming to the EPA, Dr. Seddon was director of the Centre for Development Finance at the Institute for Financial Management and Research in Chennai, India. She is an economist by training, and her research focuses on the ways that institutions and norms can motivate individual actions that aggregate to have a large-scale impact on sustainable development. Dr. Seddon has published a variety of book chapters and articles in international academic and policy journals; her work has been supported by grants from Google.org, Australian Development Research Awards, ICICI Foundation, Stanford University, and University of California, San Diego, among others. Dr. Seddon serves as a senior advisor to the Indian Institute of Human Settlements, Bangalore and is a member of the advisory board of the Wilderhill Global Clean Energy Index (NEX). She is also research scholar at the Global Information Industry Center, University of California, San Diego. Prior to coming to IFMR, Dr. Seddon was an assistant professor of political economy at University of California San Diego. She has also worked at the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank. Dr. Seddon earned her BA from Harvard University and PhD from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
After dithering for decades, governments finally seem to be paying serious attention to the problem of global climate change. Late last year, at the Paris climate conference, they adopted a major new agreement to limit global warming, beginning a process to strengthen commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over time.
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