John A. “Skip” Laitner is an international resource economist who founded Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates based in Tucson, Arizona in 2012. He is a researcher, consultant, and lecturer. He is also the Immediate-Past President of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS), an independent interdisciplinary professional association in higher education.

Skip also serves as chief economist for Third Industrial Revolution master plan initiatives spearheaded by well-known author and visionary, Jeremy Rifkin.

Author of more than 320 reports, journal articles, and book chapters, Skip’s expertise includes benefit-cost assessments, the review of energy and non-energy benefits, exploring resource costs and constraints, and assessing the net employment and macroeconomic impacts of what he calls “Innovation Scenarios” as well as more typical energy and climate policy scenarios.

Skip previously worked as the Director of Economic and Social Analysis with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Before that, he served 10 years as a Senior Economist for Technology Policy with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 1998 he was awarded EPA’s Gold Medal for his work with a team of economists to evaluate the economic impact of strategies that might assist in the implementation of smart climate policies. He has a 1988 master’s degree in resource economics from Antioch University. More details on Skip’s work and background can be found here. Follow Skip on Twitter @econskip.


Meagan A. Weiland is a research associate specializing in the social factors and impacts affecting populations experiencing climatic changes. She has conducted in-depth research on a broad range of environmental and energy efficiency topics including: socioeconomic influences in adapting to energy efficient technology, LED case studies, cross-country comparisons of environmental policy, EIA technology characterizations, appliances and fuel standards comparisons, and effects of public perceptions on climate change policies. Meagan earned her Masters degree in Public Anthropology from American University. Follow Meagan on Twitter @meaganweiland.



Ryan M. Keller is a research associate and geographic information systems (GIS) analyst with Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates. He has worked on a variety of both GIS projects and energy management issues with the National Park Service, the County of San Diego, and the City of Davis, CA.

He also maintains an active research portfolio on emerging energy technologies, geographic problem solving, and cartography. Mr. Keller earned his Masters of Science degree in Geographic Information Systems Technology in 2013 from the University of Arizona and a B.S. in Physical Geography from Louisiana State University. Follow Ryan on Twitter @keller310.



Diane J. Taylor is the executive assistant for Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates. Diane worked as a staff scientist for an environmental consultant collecting field and archival information, development, generated reports, and supervised submission for multiple Reclamation Plans and Exploration Plans for large mineral and precious metal clients and regulatory agencies including US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

She established record keeping systems for fiscal, employee, safety, equipment and maintenance systems for a medium sized construction company and compiled data from private and public databases to prepare land and structure appraisals for commercial and industrial projects. She was a primary school teacher for 15 years before joining EHDRA. Diane earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies – Agriculture from the University of Wyoming.