UC Irvine
Assistant Professor

Maura Allaire’s research focuses on developing solutions to environmental challenges through integrated understanding of economic and natural systems. Specific areas of interest include (1) decision support for urban water systems under changing socioeconomic and climatic conditions, and (2) capturing social and business impacts of extreme events to improve risk management strategies.

UC Water Connection: 

Dr. Allaire brings her expertise on water economics, nonmarket valuation, urban water systems, and flood risk management to assist and to guide UC Water efforts.


Dr. Allaire is an Assistant Professor of Water Economics and Policy at the University of California, Irvine. 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. She has designed and carried out field studies in the U.S., Southeast Asia, and West Africa. 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).