Emily Laidlaw


Emily Laidlaw joined the Pacific Institute in 2022 as a Researcher. In this role, she supports interdisciplinary research and analysis that advances water and climate change sustainability, resilience, and environmental justice with a focus on water-related challenges faced by and solutions for marginalized, frontline communities. Currently, Emily is researching how climate change impacts small rural communities and strategies to create more climate-resilient water systems. 


Prior to joining the Pacific Institute, Emily worked with varied government, research, and university organizations in the areas of climate and weather, integrated assessment modeling, energy efficiency, alternative transportation, and environmental justice. She brings a holistic foundation in qualitative and quantitative research, project management, and scientific communications to help bridge the gap between research and policy.


Emily holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Rochester, a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics and Research Methods from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder.