Siân Mooney became the fifth dean of the Indiana University Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs on August 1, 2019. Her research interests lie in questions related to the use of natural resources and the environment. She is an economist that has worked for many years on topics related to water use in the western United States, endangered species and the impacts of climate change, and has secured more than $4 million in external grant funding. Recently, she has become interested in the incentives that scientists face to address complex problems as part of multidisciplinary teams and the role of science information in decision-making.
Dr. Mooney came to Indiana University from Arizona State University, where she served as associate dean for interdisciplinary programs and initiatives for the College of Public Service and Community Solutions and as a professor in the School of Public Affairs. At ASU Mooney directed college-level graduate degree programs, oversaw curriculum, and facilitated the approval process for academic programs across the college. She also coordinated international programs including study abroad.
Before going to ASU in 2015, she held positions at Montana State University, University of Wyoming, Boise State University, and the National Science Foundation. She received a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University, a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management from the University of Manitoba, Canada and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Agricultural Economics from the University College of Wales-Aberystwyth.