Carolina Velandia is Ph.D. student in Political Science and Public Administration at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Her academic interest is at the intersection of public administration and international relations in energy resources and environment. Her research is focus on energy and environmental policy changes, transition to renewable energy and water systems management in the U.S. and in Latin America. She is also interested in the interception of regulation, technology change and governance of energy resources.
Previously to joining NIU, Carolina was a former lawyer in Colombia in the oil business and was a senior lawyer on energy contracts management with the Colombian government. Her experience is related to the analysis of contracts and law, political economy and international relations around energy policy. She has participated in diverse teaching experiences on areas such as commercial, civil, contractual, environmental and energy law.
Currently, she is working as a research assistant for the IIN-funded collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and NIU on water management systems, and she is conducting research for publication with Dr. Thomas Skuzinski.