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Jun Ukita Shepard

Senior Associate
  • Carbon-free Cities and States

Jun is a Senior Associate in RMI’s Carbon-Free Cities and States team. She is currently developing open-access analytics for advocates and policymakers to accelerate climate action. These tools will be used to ensure that the United States meets its original commitments in the Paris Agreement.


Jun joins RMI from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, where she is completing her PhD. Her research focuses on using large, publicly available databases to explore the intersection of global energy systems and international trade. Prior to her doctoral studies at Duke, she was a research fellow at a state policy lab based in the economics department at Brown University. At Brown, she led policy evaluations using large administrative data and statistical methods. Jun was a Young Summer Scientist at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in 2019, where her research was funded by the National Academy of Sciences.


PhD Candidate, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University
MPhil, Environmental Policy, University of Cambridge
A.B., Environmental Science and Public Policy, Harvard University


Washington, D.C.