Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University

Hilary Schaffer Boudet

Stanford Prevention Research Center

1070 Arastradero Road, Suite 300

Palo Alto, California 94304


I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Stanford Prevention Research Center in the Stanford University School of Medicine. My research interests include the environmental and social impacts associated with energy development and public participation in environmental and energy decision-making.


My current postdoctoral research is funded by a grant from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy. I am project manager of a community-based intervention with 30 Northern California Junior Girl Scout troops aimed at reducing household energy use. I am also Director of Research for the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB).


I completed my dissertation at Stanford in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources in June 2010. My dissertation focused on the factors and processes shaping community mobilization around proposals for liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. To conduct this research, I received a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Science and Society and Sociology programs.


Prior to joining the E-IPER Ph.D. program, I worked for three years as a senior project engineer in the environment and regulatory group at the ExxonMobil Development Company. In this role, I supervised the research, writing and publication of socioeconomic sections of environmental impact assessments for the Sakhalin-1 Project and directed the associated public consultation program.


I hold a B.A. in Environmental Engineering and Political Science from Rice University.

Phone: 650-380-8497

E-mail: hilschaf at