Blake Shaffer

Lab Economist

Role: Economist

Site: CDL-Rockies

Stream: Energy

Blake Shaffer is an energy and environmental economist working at the intersection of electricity markets and climate policy. He uses empirical methods to evaluate policy effectiveness and better understand consumer and firm behaviour.

Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Shaffer had a 15 year career in energy trading, specializing in electricity, natural gas and emissions markets. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Calgary, masters in economics from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Queen’s University. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow and Fulbright scholar at Stanford University working on electricity market design and climate policy. He also serves as a policy advisor to the Canadian and Albertan governments on energy and environmental policy matters.