Courtney Nina McLaren is an equity economist for the Global Centre of Economics as part of the Equitable Economics Innovation Team in WRI Europe’s regional office in The Hague. She primarily supports work on inclusive low carbon transitions in the global south. In particular, Courtney's work focuses on the development of new tools and approaches to improve inclusion and accountability to transitions that support sustainable and equitable access and benefit of sustainable resource use across marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Before coming to WRI, she worked as an environmental economist and policy advisor seconded through the ODI to institutions in Guyana, Namibia and Albania — working for and with different levels of government, local authorities, the private sector and non-governmental organizations on programming and policy-oriented research. This work focused on the intersection of policy of governance reform, social inclusion, biodiversity and landscape conservation and economic development.

Courtney holds an MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change from the London School of Economics in the UK and a BA double major in Economics and Global Studies from Vancouver Island University in Canada.

Having grown up in a temperate, coastal rainforest Courtney looks for any opportunities to go hiking or kayaking. She lives in the Netherlands with her partner.