John Tarpey began working at Ecologic Institute in January 2016 and currently works as a Junior Researcher with interests including water, climate adaptation and economics, and agriculture. He is a native English speaker, is fluent in French and has a good knowledge of Spanish.
At Ecologic Institute, John Tarpey works on CO-designing the Assessment of Climate Change Costs (COACCH), funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme. COACCH is focused on the economic costs of climate change and climate actions, and aims to produce an improved downscaled assessment of the risks and costs of climate change in Europe. He is also involved in Bio-based Strategies and Roadmaps for Enhanced Rural and Regional Development in the EU (BE-Rural), a Horizon 2020 project exploring the potential of regional and local bio-based economies in five regions of eastern Europe.
Previously, John worked at Ecologic Institute as a Transatlantic Fellow (January to October 2016) and a Research Assistant (October 2016 to June 2019). During this period, he worked on Fish Friendly Innovative Technologies for Hydropower (FIThydro), aiming to support decisions on commissioning and operating hydropower plants by use of existing and innovative technologies. Additionally, he was involved in Making Society an Active Participant in Water Adaptation to Global Change (BeWater), working with Tunisian case study partners on supporting a transition to stakeholder driven basin management. As a precursor to the COACCH project, he was involved with Economics of Climate Change Adaptation in Europe (ECONADAPT), providing practical material on developments in adaptation economics to policy makers.
Prior to joining Ecologic Institute, John Tarpey worked in project management for Strata Solar, a utility-scale solar power company in North Carolina. He was involved in cost and performance reporting, in addition to carrying out construction data analysis. He has also worked with the North Carolina Sierra Club as a legislative assistant, where he researched bills relating to energy efficiency standards and water quality. He previously held an internship at the United Nations Environment Programme working on the Environment and Security Initiative.
John Tarpey completed his Master's degree in Environmental Planning at the Technische Universität Berlin (Germany). He received his Bachelor's from Duke University in North Carolina, where he studied environmental science and public policy, with a focus on energy issues and environmental policy. During this time, he spent a semester at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where he studied local urban development and political science.