Maura Allaire

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Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Public Policy
School of Social Ecology
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phone: (949) 824-5797
University of California, Irvine
218F Social Ecology 1
Mail Code: 7075
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Water resources management; environmental economics; cost-benefit analysis; flood risk mitigation; urban water systems
Academic Distinctions
Fulbright Scholar, PEO Scholar, NSF GRFP
Research Abstract
Maura Allaire is an Associate Professor in Urban Planning & Public Policy, specializing in water economics. Her research focuses on developing solutions to environmental challenges through integrated understanding of economic and natural systems. Specific areas of interest include the development of improved strategies for flood risk management, assessing trends in water security, and decision support for water resource management.

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University’s Earth Institute from 2015-2017. Her professional experience spans the public and private sectors, including international organizations (World Bank, Global Development Network), think tanks (Resources for the Future, International Water Management Institute), and environmental consulting (AMEC).
Allaire, M., Wu, H., Lall, U. (2018). National Trends in Drinking Water Quality Violations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 115 (9) 2078-2083.

Allaire, M. (2018). Socio-Economic Impacts of Flooding: A Review of the Empirical Literature. Water Security. (3) 18-26.

Moftakhari, H., AghaKouchak, A., Sanders, B., Allaire, M., Matthew, R. (2018). What is Nuisance Flooding? Defining an Emerging Challenge Facing Coastal Regions. Water Resources Research. 54(7)4218-4227.

Ho, M., Lall, U., Allaire, M., Devineni, N., Kwon, H., Pal, I., Raff, D., Wegner, D. (2017). The Future Role of Dams in the United States of America. Water Resources Research. 53(2) 982–998.

Allaire, M. (2016). Disaster Loss and Social Media: Can Online Information Increase Flood Resilience? Water Resources Research. 52(9) 7408-7423.
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