Helen Jackson

Analytic and Research Support

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Personal statement

I am a freelance economist, data analyst and researcher. I have ten years' experience in economic consultancy, generating high spec, technically demanding research outputs for clients in government, business and finance. My specific expertise is in environmental economics and policy, particularly energy and climate change, but also fisheries and natural resources. However, my consultancy experience and exceptional quantitative skills are highly valued by clients in other fields. I have a strong interest in data science and requisite coding, database and mathematical skills. I understand inside out how good quality research, communicated well, can support decision-makers in any organisation.

Key skills and experience

Successful track record as a freelance contractor

  • clients over the past two years include the UK and one other G20 government, the Climate Bonds Initiative, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the World Bank and a utility company

Extensive experience of supporting decision-makers through high spec commissioned research

  • deploying technical expertise to topics in climate finance, policy and economics for policy-makers, multilateral institutions and global companies
  • adept at blending formal methodologies, data, qualitative research and critical thinking to form robust analysis and reach clear conclusions
  • ability to communicate complex topics with clarity and concision; confident in consultancy, journalistic and academic written styles

Exceptional quantitative, analytical and IT skills

  • coding, database and software modelling skills (perl, JavaScript, R/S-PLUS, SQL, UML) gained during study with Imperial College and Oxford University
  • ability to handle large and/or non-tabular datasets
  • experience and good knowledge of techniques in econometrics/regression analysis, exploratory data analysis, data visualisation and agent-based modelling

Career

See the bottom of the page for a full list of projects.

2014 – presentFreelance

with Climate Bonds Initiative: Ongoing support to the Climate Bonds Initiative in developing a set of standards to flag bonds compatible with a low carbon economy to investors; responsibility for lead technical input and/or drafting of standards for transport, geothermal energy, hydropower and two other sectors; resulting standards have been used to certify bonds linked to the Asian Development Bank, SNCF, Victoria State Government, New York Metropolitan Transport Authority and Axis Bank.

with Vivid Economics: two preparatory research projects relating to Brexit for a UK Government department; two projects for a confidential G20 government, in partnership with a private client, researching natural gas energy security and historic patterns in global energy use; for the latter developing a novel data analysis technique for identifying energy system shocks; exploring the potential form and function of a proposed Office of Energy, an analogous body to the UK Office for Budget Responsibility, for RWE npower; project for the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on water quality and ecosystem services; content for a chapter in a forthcoming World Bank publication on energy and climate change.

Other: Series of custom research articles for the Economist Intelligence Unit on various topics; article in Prospect Magazine; project for UNICEF with the Economist Intelligence Unit; social policy data analysis for a prominent UK journalist covered in the Daily Telegraph; evaluation of a homelessness service.

(the period 2011-2013 was spent caring for my daughter)

2007 – 2011 Vivid Economics, London
Freelance then Senior Economist
www.vivideconomics.com

Company: Vivid Economics applies economics to support high-level decision-making in areas such as energy, climate change, infrastructure, resources and innovation. It has one of the world's leading teams of specialists in climate change economics and finance.

Key experience: contributing to the global policy debate on climate change finance for developing countries through research for the United Nations Environment Programme, African Development Bank and UK Department for International Development; supporting UK fisheries policy over the course of four studies for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; many other projects related to low carbon economics/policy for clients such as the Emerging Markets Forum and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

2004 – 2007 Economics for the Environment Consultancy (eftec), London
Environmental Economist
www.eftec.co.uk

Company: leading consultancy specialising in environmental economics

Key experience: environmental valuation and policy appraisal projects for the UK Government and European institutions in areas such as ecosystem services, environmental trading schemes, environmental liability, flood management, agriculture, landscape, water quality and cultural heritage; contributing to the economic cases for the Thames Tideway 'Super Sewer' and London Olympics; co-managing an international team responsible for drawing up methodologies applicable under the EU Environmental Liability Directive.

2001 – 2003 Volterra Consulting, London
Analyst
www.volterra.co.uk

Company: at the time specialising in projects relating to carbon emissions trading, complexity economics, social policy and financial risk analysis.

Key experience: support of participants in the UK Emissions Trading Scheme, the world's first multi-industry carbon trading system; writing computer models to assist complexity economics research; economic geography analysis of new transport infrastructure.

Education

2012 – 2013Oxford UniversityAdvanced Diploma in Data and Systems Analysis (distinction)
2003 – 2004University College LondonMSc Environmental and Resource Economics (pass)
1996 – 2000Imperial College LondonMSci Physics with a Year in Europe (first class)

Other interests and experience

  • As a student I contributed to, and developed my coding skills during, three space and atmospheric physics research projects, including a discontinued DPhil at the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, Oxford University
  • I read French at an advanced level and speak it at an intermediate level, having lived in France for a year
  • I have strong interests in economics, policy and social science outside of environment/climate, particularly in new economic thinking, complexity economics and the application of data science to economics