Hello! My name is Ahmed Rachid El-Khattabi, I go by AR. I am an applied environmental economist and urban planner with expertise in policy-oriented quantitative research and data management. I research issues at the intersection of economic development and environmental planning with a particular focus on urban water demand management. This includes research on topics such as innovation, pricing, affordability, financial stability, and governance.
I earned my Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from the Department of City and Regional Planning. I received the UNC Impact Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in 2019 for my work on water management in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and again in 2016 for my work through the CCC related to affordable housing for low and middle income households.
During my time at UNC, I worked for the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) as an analyst, a research assistant at both the Department of Economics and the Center for Community Capital (CCC), and at SAS Institute as student scholar. Prior to that, I was a research assistant at the Center for Primary Care Outcomes Research (PCOR) at Stanford University.
Listen to a webinar. In April 2020, I presented my dissertation research as a webinar for Global Water Works.
Watch an interview of me. In December 2018, I attended the Atlantic Dialogues conference, hosted by the Policy Center for New South, as part of the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program.