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 am currently an economist in the Water Economics Center at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). My research largely involves the use of non-market valuation techniques to estimate benefits. I am also working on topics related to environmental justice. Prior to joining the Water Economics Center, I was an ORISE post-doctoral fellow in the Office of Science and Technology's Engineering and Analysis Division at US EPA where I worked on developing the Office of Water's environmental justice batch tool.
I earned my Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from the Department of City and Regional Planning. During my time at UNC, 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 Center for Community Capital (CCC) related to affordable housing for low and middle income households. I also worked for the Environmental Finance Center (EFC) as an analyst, a research assistant in the the Department of Economics, 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.