Our Team

Areas of Experise

  • Freshwater Resource Management
  • Environmental / Ecological Economics
  • Sustainable Water Markets

Education

  • MSc, Environmental Science & Management, UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, 2020
  • BSc, Community Development and Applied Economics, University of Vermont, 2016

Experience

  • Project Manager – Increasing Resilience Through Multi-Benefit Groundwater Recharge, Client: The Environmental Defense Fund (2019 – 2020)
  • Water Risk Analyst – Aquaoso Technologies PBC. (2019 – 2020)
  • Graduate Student Researcher in Groundwater – The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management (2019)

Claire Madden

Research Associate

Claire Madden is a Research Associate at WestWater Research’s California office in Sacramento. Her responsibilities include water market analysis, economic and financial modeling, and transaction research.

Claire holds a BSc in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont, where she focused on ecological economics and food systems, culminating in an honors thesis analyzing the economic inefficiencies of water rights allocation structures in the United States. In 2020, Claire earned an MSc in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where her focus was in freshwater management and environmental economics. As a recipient of the Sustainable Water Markets Fellowship at the Bren School, Claire has had the opportunity to investigate a multitude of intricacies related to water transactions and water market design that generate both economic and environmental returns. Claire’s graduate work included analyzing how water risk translates to economic risk for farmers and farm lenders in California’s Central Valley, how global trends in groundwater levels over the past half-century may inform best management practices, and how the implementation of SGMA may provide more opportunities to re-envision water management strategies in California.

Our Team

Claire Madden

Research Associate

Claire Madden is a Research Associate at WestWater Research’s California office in Sacramento. Her responsibilities include water market analysis, economic and financial modeling, and transaction research.

Claire holds a BSc in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont, where she focused on ecological economics and food systems, culminating in an honors thesis analyzing the economic inefficiencies of water rights allocation structures in the United States. In 2020, Claire earned an MSc in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where her focus was in freshwater management and environmental economics. As a recipient of the Sustainable Water Markets Fellowship at the Bren School, Claire has had the opportunity to investigate a multitude of intricacies related to water transactions and water market design that generate both economic and environmental returns. Claire’s graduate work included analyzing how water risk translates to economic risk for farmers and farm lenders in California’s Central Valley, how global trends in groundwater levels over the past half-century may inform best management practices, and how the implementation of SGMA may provide more opportunities to re-envision water management strategies in California.

Areas of Experise

  • Freshwater Resource Management
  • Environmental / Ecological Economics
  • Sustainable Water Markets

Education

  • MSc, Environmental Science & Management, UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, 2020
  • BSc, Community Development and Applied Economics, University of Vermont, 2016

Experience

  • Project Manager – Increasing Resilience Through Multi-Benefit Groundwater Recharge, Client: The Environmental Defense Fund (2019 – 2020)
  • Water Risk Analyst – Aquaoso Technologies PBC. (2019 – 2020)
  • Graduate Student Researcher in Groundwater – The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management (2019)