James Syme

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in applied mathematics, University of Colorado Denver; B.S. in pure mathematics, University of New Mexico; B.A. in political science, University of New Mexico


James Syme is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D candidate at the Pardee RAND graduate school. Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was a technical analyst at RAND focusing on climate change adaptation and mitigation and decisionmaking under uncertainty in water management, transportation, and disaster mitigation planning.

Syme has an M.S. in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a B.S. in pure mathematics and a B.A. in political science from the University of New Mexico. His research interests include climate change adaptation and mitigation, electoral redistricting, epidemiological processes, and other policy-relevant applications of mathematics.