UC Berkeley
Cooperative Extension Specialist in quantitative policy analysis

Bruno's research focuses on the use of economic instruments to manage groundwater. Her research blends theoretical modelling of groundwater use and trading with an empirical investigation of the price elasticity of groundwater demand. This research will help us better understand how future groundwater markets may function.

UC Water Connection: 

Ellen Bruno brings an economist’s perspective to the UC Water team. As a PhD Student at Davis, Ellen was the recipient of a UC Water Challenge Grant. Now an ANR Specialist at Berkeley, her research contributes to the policy discussion on the role of market-based instruments to manage water. By evaluating the potential for groundwater markets, her research supports water resources decision-making.


Ellen Bruno is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in quantitative policy analysis. Dr. Bruno received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis and her B.S. degree (summa cum laude) in Management Science from UC San Diego. In her current role, Bruno is developing an extension program that focuses on policy issues relevant to California’s agriculture and natural resources. Much of her current research and extension work relates to the changing regulatory structure of groundwater in California and the potential for groundwater trading.