I am a Senior Economist at the World Bank Development Research Group, Sustainability and Infrastructure Research Team. My areas of expertise are in developing and post-communist economies; economic growth; energy and environmental economics; empirical industrial organization; and real estate, urban, and land economics. My current research and policy work focuses on sustainable resource and land use, electric power markets, and infrastructure and economic development. I have extensive experience in academia, public sector and international institutions.
Before joining the World Bank, I worked as a research economist at the Center for Global Trade Analysis, the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University; the Electricity Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge; the Enterprise Analysis Unit at the World Bank, and Credit Research Center at Georgetown University. I also spent a number of years with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, working primarily on Latvian economic integration in the EU and WTO. I taught a number of graduate and undergraduate courses in economics at the University of Cambridge, Miami University, the George Washington University, and the University of Latvia. My research is published in peer-reviewed academic journals and is regularly presented at international conferences and workshops.