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Duncan Lawrence



Duncan is an Associate working on a variety of RMI’s research initiatives. Duncan brings his background in quantitative methodology, public policy, political economy and political behavior to RMI’s work on efficiency and renewables. He joined RMI in September 2013.


Serving as an experiential educator throughout college and working with corporate and student groups, Duncan developed a strong interest in environmental education and protection. He completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of Colorado Boulder in January of 2013. During the course of his graduate studies, Duncan taught upper division courses in global development as well as international political economy.

Duncan’s academic research is highly interdisciplinary as it bridges the fields of comparative politics, economics and psychology. He has spent multiple years living and working in various countries throughout Latin America. Most recently, he spent 6 months in Chile as a Fulbright Scholar conducting research on immigration and the socioeconomic impact of forest plantations. In 2012, he started a small research and data analytics firm, Telluride Research Group, based in Denver, CO.


  • Hamilton College, Bachelor of Arts, World Politics, 2004
  • University of Colorado Boulder, Master of Arts, Political Science, 2009
  • University of Colorado Boulder, Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science, 2013
  • Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, Methodology, Public Policy

Professional Associations/Affiliation

  • Fulbright Alumni Network
  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • Latin American Studies Association

Select Publications & Presentations

Authored Blog Posts

March 27 Creating a Brighter Energy Future for Lake Wobegon Electricity
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