Olmstead, Sheila | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2002
  • MPAff, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, 1996
  • B.A. in Political and Social Thought, University of Virginia, 1992
Research Areas
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Natural Resource Economics and Policy
  • Energy Economics and Policy
Teaching Areas
  • Economics
  • Environmental and Energy Policy

Sheila Olmstead is a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), a visiting fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF) in Washington, DC and a senior fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Mont. From 2016 to 2017, she served as the senior economist for energy and the environment at the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

Before joining UT in 2013, Olmstead was a senior fellow (2013) and fellow (2010–13) at RFF, as well as associate professor (2007–10) and assistant professor (2002–07) of environmental economics at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dr. Olmstead is currently an editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. She has also served as vice president and a member of the board of directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, as associate editor of Water Resources Research, as co-editor of Environmental and Resource Economics, book review editor of Water Economics and Policy, and as editorial council member for the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Dr. Olmstead holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University (2002), a master's in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin (1996) and a B.A. from the University of Virginia (1992).

Media Expertise
  • Energy Policy
  • Energy Water Nexus
  • Evaluation of energy and water conservation programs
  • Water Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Climate change
  • Econometrics
  • Economics
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Natural resource management


NewsApril 2, 2021
April 2: Faculty Research, Policy Engagement and News

10 features from the week 

  • Patrick Bixler spoke to the Associated Press about philanthropic gifts and scientific discovery after former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, gave $150 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for research in biology and AI. 

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NewsOctober 15, 2020
EPA appoints LBJ Professor Sheila Olmstead to the Science Advisory Board

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of new members to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and its four subcommittees including: the Agricultural Science Committee (ASC), the Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC), the Drinking Water Committee (DWC), and the Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC). Sheila Olmstead, a professor of public affairs at the LBJ School, is among the 16 new members.

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NewsJune 9, 2020
LBJ faculty lauded for achievements during 2019–20 academic year

While this past academic year saw some remarkable changes in the academic process, the continued excellence of LBJ School faculty remained constant. Here is a collection of the recognition that LBJ faculty garnered in 2019–20.

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