PhD Research - Alice Lépissier

MA Economics and Publicy Policy, Sciences Po Paris and Ecole Polytechnique; MA Economic History, London School of Economics; BA European Social and Political Studies, University College London

Alice is a political economist and a data scientist who works on tropical deforestation, illicit financial flows, and climate change policy. In her work, she uses techniques from econometrics and machine learning to answer questions about pressing environmental problems. Her research interests include market-driven environmental governance schemes, the trade in illegal timber, corruption, carbon pricing, and methods for causal and predictive inference. Prior to joining UCSB, Alice was a Research Associate at the Center for Global Development. She developed the SkyShares model, an interactive website which allows policy-makers to simulate the economic and environmental consequences of climate deals. She has also contributed to the report of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa. She has consulted for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Tax Justice Network, and the Business & Sustainable Development Commission. Alice holds a Masters in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris and École Polytechnique, and a Masters in Economic History from the London School of Economics.

Contact Information:
Office: Bren Hall 3007
Alice Lépissier's Website
E-mail Address

Year Admitted: 2016
Research Areas:
tropical deforestation, illicit financial flows, climate change policies, market-driven environmental governance, quantitative methods
Faculty Advisor: Matthew Potoski