Erica Allis has ten years of professional experience in the sustainable development field. Prior to joining IRI, Erica worked at the United Nations Environment Program in Paris, France where she coordinated program activities in Asia, Africa and Europe designed to mainstream best practices and resource efficient technologies into the fisheries, agricultural, energy, tourism, and manufacturing sectors. Before joining UNEP, she worked at SNV Netherlands Development Organization in Nepal where she developed and led capacity building sessions for private sector companies to enhance environmental management. She also worked six years at URS Corporation, a private sector engineering firm, where she fostered environmental compliance within various industry sectors and specialized in groundwater investigation and remediation. She has a B.S. in Geology from the University of Arkansas, and a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in the development of tools to facilitate policy discussions with real-time groundwater model simulations.
Erica's research interests include:
- Sustainable management of water resources and conflict resolution methods in water scarce regions
- Mechanisms and tools to enhance poverty alleviation through environmental management
- Enhancing the incorporation of scientific research in the decision making and policy development processes
- Stakeholder engagement
Role at the IRI
Erica serves as the Coordinator of the Asia and Pacific Regional Program at the IRI, contributing to the operational and strategic objectives of the Program, its Committee members and more broadly the Institute. She facilitates relationships among key stakeholders in international agencies, national and local governments, civil society organizations, and research institutions to achieve Program objectives.
Prindle, B., J. Zarnikau, and E. Allis. (2010) "Barriers and Policy Solutions to Energy Efficiency as a Carbon Emissions Reduction Strategy", in Generating Electricity in a Carbon-Constrained World, Elsevier.
Clark, G., M. Crul, E. Allis. (2009) "Design for Sustainability, Trends in Sustainable Product Design and Development", Publication produced and distributed by UNEP.
Clark, G., and E. Allis. (2009) "Design for Sustainability (D4S): Decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation: UNEP's Experience", in Global Ecodesign Report, Korea Eco-products Institute.
Clark, G., and E. Allis. (2009) "Commerce in France - An Introduction to Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Consumption and Production with Select Projects from the United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Technology, Industry, and Economics", Publication produced and distributed by the American Chamber of Commerce in France.
Allis, E., T. Papadopoulos, et al. (2008) "Guidelines for Establishing a Crisis Communication Center for the Tourism Industry at the Local Level", Publication produced and distributed by UNEP.
Allis, E. (2008) "Building Nepal's Private Sector Capacity for Sustainable Tourism Operations, A Collection of Best Practices and Resulting Business Benefits", Publication produced and distributed by UNEP.
Lectures and Presentations
Allis, E.: Private sector tools that contribute to a green economy. Sixth Meeting of the African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production: Sustainable Consumption and Production as a Vehicle for Green Economic Development in Africa (Invited), UNEP, UNIDO, Egypt NCPC, and the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry, Cairo, Egypt. 15 June 2010.
Allis, E.: Opportunities under sustainable investment and finance. Eleventh Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development (Invited), Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Barbados Ministry of Tourism, St. Michael, Barbados. 10 May 2010.
Allis, E.: Mission and objectives of the United Nations Environment Programme. An Introduction to International Organizations (Invited), The American Graduate School. Paris, France. 23 April 2010.
Allis, E.: Cleaner production and international sustainable development. An Introduction to International Environmental Management (Invited day lecture) Ecole des Mines de Paris, Paris, France. 8 February 2010.
Allis, E.: Best practices and tools for improved environmental and resource management. Capacity Building Seminar for Environmental and Resource Management in the Service Sector (Invited), UNEP, ADEME, and the Vietnam Ministry of Tourism, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 10 April 2009.
Allis, E.: Best practices and tools for improved environmental and resource management. Capacity Building Seminar for Environmental and Resource Management in the Service Sector (Invited), UNEP, ADEME, and the Vietnam Ministry of Tourism, Hanoi, Vietnam. 8 April 2009.
Clark, G. and Allis, E.: Case studies in business sector sustainable development. UNEP Info-share (Invited) UNEP, Paris, France. 16 July 2008.
Allis, E.: Applications of the Groundwater Availability Model Graphical User Interface (GAM GUI) and initial pumping scenarios on groundwater levels and stream flows. Groundwater Management Area 9 - Consensus building session on desired future conditions of the Trinity Aquifer (Invited), GMA9 and Texas Water Development Board, Kerrville, Texas. 21 April 2007.
Allis, E.: Applications of the Groundwater Availability Model Graphical User Interface (GAM GUI) and initial pumping scenarios on groundwater levels and stream flows. Groundwater Management Area 9 - Consensus building session on desired future conditions of the Trinity Aquifer (Invited), GMA9 and Texas Water Development Board, Johnson City, Texas. 14 April 2007.