Professor Darrene Hackler Leading ITIF Initiative on Green Innovation

March 5, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Darrene L. Hackler, an innovation economist, has joined the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation as a senior fellow, ITIF President Robert D. Atkinson announced today. Hackler will spearhead an exciting new ITIF initiative focused on how innovation in green technologies is an essential part of tackling climate change. "Dr. Hackler is a creative thinker and insightful analyst of how innovation is indispensible to the success of individual companies and the nation as a whole," said Atkinson. "I am delighted she will be applying her talent to one of the central policy challenges of our time."

Hackler will be undertaking a major project to explain that regulatory and tax proposals aimed at changing individual and corporate behavior alone are insufficient in addressing climate change. With a grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, ITIF will lay out how the development of green technology through innovation is also an essential element. Without the technological innovations in green energy, the goals we set for reducing carbon emissions and harnessing new energy sources will be elusive.

The project will include the publication of several reports, and the convening of stakeholders, policy makers and economists at several events. By highlighting the vital contribution of innovation in the specific area of energy and climate change, ITIF aims to demonstrate how new economic analyses can enlighten debate in other economic policy matters.

Prior to joing ITIF, Dr. Hackler was an associate professor at George Mason University in the Department of Public and International Affairs where her research focused on the political economy of innovation, entrepreneurship, the technology industry, and telecommunications infrastructure. She is the author of Cities in the Technology Economy (ME Sharpe 2006), which examines the effects of technology industries and infrastructures on cities and the local policy actions required for effective responses to these challenges. She has also published work in numerous policy journals.

Before joining George Mason University, she was an analyst for a telecommunications industry analysis firm, RHK (OVUM), a senior research associate with Claremont Information Technology Institute, and an independent telecommunications consultant to executive real estate developers of commercial real estate, resort communities and master-planned communities.

Hackler received her Ph.D. in political science and economics and M.A. in public policy from Claremont Graduate University in California, and a B.A. in political science and economics from the College of Idaho.

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank at the cutting edge of designing innovation policies and exploring how advances in information technology will create new economic opportunities to improve the quality of life. ITIF is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan organization.


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