Avery Barnett

STEP PhD Student
310 Robertson Hall

Avery is a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs. 

Being from Jamaica, Avery has a strong affinity for the Caribbean. She intends to research energy policies in the Caribbean with regard to how they inhibit and/or encourage renewable energy investment across the various islands. Furthermore, she anticipates understanding the relationship between private and public institutions, and the role of communication in the transition to renewable energy. Finally, she is hoping to assess the factors which would enable energy systems to be implemented without disrupting the sociocultural fabric of the society.  

Currently, her research involves modelling ocean surface waves under hurricane landfalling which she hopes will result in being able to predict coastal risk and vulnerability in anticipation of a hurricane.

Before coming to Princeton, Avery interned at Emera Caribbean Ltd. in Bridgetown, Barbados and aided in assessing their capacity to transition to 100% renewable energy. She has also been engaged in field work which involved participating in the building of a solar-powered water pump to provide water to a rural village in Nepal. 

Avery graduated with a B.A in Physics and concentrations in Environmental and Technology Studies from Grinnell College.