Caitlin McKennie
Payne Institute Research Associate – Critical Minerals

Caitlin recently completed her PhD in Economics from the University of Stirling and is a postdoctoral fellow at the Payne Institute. Prior to her doctorate, she received an M.A. in applied economics from the University of Colorado, Denver, and an M.S. in mineral and energy economics from Colorado School of Mines. Caitlin comes to Payne after five years of working for the State of Colorado in numerous roles, across several agencies and executive leadership teams. She brings extensive experience in public policy and economics to this position in a manner that is outcome-focused and quantitatively driven. Her empirical research at Payne focuses largely on sustainability, energy consumption, and mineral markets at state, national, and global levels. While a research fellow at the Payne Institute, she intends to apply her unique skillset and curious mindset towards helping the world become a more equitable, viable, and environmentally sustainable place to live – one of which never loses its intrinsic value.