Élodie Blanc joined Motu as a Research Fellow at the beginning of August. She is also a Research Scientist at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Élodie completed her graduate studies at École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and the University of Otago. Her research interests include agricultural economics, applied econometrics, water modeling and crop modeling.
Élodie was the lead researcher in the development of the US Water Resource System model – an optimization model of US water resources allocation at the river-basin level. She has also applied econometric analyses to large geospatial datasets to determine the effect on crop productivity of climate change, small and large dams, water availability, biodiversity, and typhoons. She recently participated in the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP), a forum that brings together researchers from around the world to compare agriculture, economic and climate models. Her most recent research consist of applying econometric techniques to emulate outputs from complex bio-physical crop models.