Christopher Blackburn

Ph.D. Student

Member Of:
  • School of Economics

Christopher Blackburn is currently a 5th year Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Economics. He is also a NSF IGERT Fellow in Nanomaterials for Energy Storage and Conversion and an SLS Energy Systems for Sustainable Communities Fellow. His primary research interests are in Energy and Environmental Economics, Industrial Organization, and Network Science. His primary research investigates the evaluation of energy and environmental policy when agents and systems interact within a networked setting.

Apart from his primary interests, Christopher is also an avid proponent of synthesizing modern computer programming and econometric analysis to systematically develop and promote user-friendly applications that collect, structure, analyze, and deliver valuable information to relevant stakeholders, particularly at a regional scale. His hope is to bring the fundamental principles of economic reasoning to the forefront of public discourse on critical social and economic issues. 

Research Areas:

  • Energy and Environmental Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Network Science
  • Technological adoption and Diffusion
  • Policy evaluation
Faculty Advisor:  Juan Moreno-Cruz
Awards and
  • SLS Energy Systems for Sustainable Communities Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship
Research Fields:
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Energy Economics
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Economics
  • Innovation and Diffusion
Courses Taught:
  • ECON-2100: Economics and Policy