Market Transformation Research Director
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Sarah Outcault is the Market Transformation Research Director at the Energy and Efficiency Institute at the University of California, Davis where she leads research on the nexus of policy, technology and human behavior. In particular, Dr. Outcault designs and implements studies and experiments to explore the drivers of technology adoption, use and maintenance, as well as opportunities for market intervention. She works in a wide range of contexts – e.g, disadvantaged communities, working dairies, sustainable communities – in California and abroad, to understand the needs and constraints of stakeholders and ensure that solutions are designed to address them. Prior to joining UC Davis, Dr. Outcault worked as an Assistant Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation, where she also conducted her doctoral research on financial decision-making through the lens of behavioral economics and policy analysis. Previously, she worked as a consultant at Econ One Research, advising on infrastructure policy for governments, NGOs, and the private sector in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Dr. Outcault has a PhD in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an M.Sc. in Economic History from the London School of Economics.