Sara Turner

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


M.A. in international studies, University of Denver; B.A. in economics and international relations, Gonzaga University


Sara Turner is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. She has an M.A. in international studies, specializing in international political economy, from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and dual B.A. degrees in economics and international relations from Gonzaga University.

At RAND her work has focused on infrastructure planning and development. Recent projects include work on solar energy technology development in India, and water infrastructure planning under conditions of deep uncertainty. Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she was a research associate at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver, where she worked on projects relating to environmental health and food security. She also served as a consultant for the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, South Africa, the achievability of proposed sustainable development goals. Her research interests include energy, infrastructure development, environmental resources management, and environmental health.