Helen Mountford is the Director of Economics at WRI. She works with a small team of economists to help support the WRI Signature Initiatives and Centers to integrate an economics angle as appropriate to strengthen the underlying analysis and impact of their work. She is contributing to the international New Climate Economy (NCE) initiative, together with other WRI colleagues and experts from various partner Institutes.
Helen previously worked for the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), where she worked for over 16 years as an environmental economist advising governments on policy reforms. She oversaw and contributed to OECD work on green fiscal reform, climate change finance and economics, fossil fuel subsidies, green growth, water pricing, biodiversity incentive measures, and economy-environment outlooks and modelling. Prior to joining the OECD, Helen managed recycling schemes in England and worked for an NGO in Australia.
Helen holds Masters degrees in Environmental Economics from University College London and in Environmental Management from University of Melbourne. She has a BA in Philosophy and History.
Developing countries are projected to gain 2.2 billion new urban residents between now and 2050. Governments and city leaders have a choice: they can develop cities that are sprawled and auto-dependent, or they can develop cities that are connected, compact, ...