Jessica Seddon

Director of Integrated Urban Studies, World Resources Institute

Jessica Seddon

Jessica Seddon is the Director of Integrated Urban Strategy at the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and is the Global Lead for the Urban Development team, a network of researchers and practitioners across WRI’s offices.

Outside WRI, Dr. Seddon serves on the advisory board of the Wilderhill Global Clean Energy Index (NEX). Prior to joining WRI, she co-founded and led Okapi, an India-based strategy group incubated at IIT Madras that focuses on institutional design for social innovation. Her earlier career spans academic and strategic advisory roles, focused on institutional design for integrating science into policy and social initiatives.

Dr. Seddon has worked with a number of institutions in India, including as Visiting Fellow at IDFC Institute (Mumbai); Senior Fellow at the Center for Technology and Policy, IIT Madras; Head of Research at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (Bangalore); and Director of the Centre for Development Finance at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (Chennai). In her U.S. based work, she has served as Strategic Advisor for the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2) and as Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego. She was also a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, working on institutional design for global air quality management.

Dr. Seddon has published book chapters and articles on infrastructure, Indian political economy, IT and governance, environmental regulation and other institutional design topics in international academic and policy venues. She writes a monthly column for Mint, a leading business daily in India. Dr. Seddon earned her Ph.D. in Political Economy from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and her B.A. in Government and Latin American Studies from Harvard University.