Austin is an accomplished researcher and analyst, responsible for carrying out quantitative and qualitative research across ICIC’s research and advisory portfolio. Austin brings deep experience in analyzing and mapping demographic and socio-economic data to complement and expand ICIC’s research methods in understanding urban economies. In addition to data analysis, Austin is an experienced qualitative researcher, responsible for developing surveys and leading group and individual interviews with diverse stakeholder groups. A project lead on ICIC’s Rockefeller Foundation-funded research on food systems in the United States, Austin’s analysis has helped to develop innovative frameworks for assessing urban food resilience.
Austin is a coauthor on a number of ICIC publications, including The Big Impact of Small Businesses on Urban Job Creation: Evidence from Five Cities and The Resilience of America’s Food Systems: Evidence from Five Cites. Prior to joining ICIC, Austin worked as a researcher at Boston College where he analyzed environmental data. Austin holds a BS in Economics and Geology from Tulane University, and an MS in Geology at Boston College.