Brian Blankespoor is an Environmental Specialist/Economic Geographer in the Development Data Group. He joined the Bank in September 2007. His data and research interests are in the geographic aspects of development related to topics such as water, climate change, conservation biology and economic geography.
Research on the effects of climate change on sea level, storm surges, and rainfall explores a wide range of investment and policy decisions for protecting coastal areas and managing river basins. Also, research on the spatial dimensions of poverty explore the spatial disparities in economic outcomes with respect to man-made internal barriers to mobility (West Bank) and natural divisions from rivers (Bangladesh), mountains (Kyrgyz Republic) and desert (Egypt).
Prior to the Bank, he held analytical positions in the private sector and World Wildlife Fund. He holds a M.Sc. in Applied Economics from The Johns Hopkins University, a M.Sc. in Geography from Oregon State University and a B.Sc. and B.A. in Computer Science and IDIS Geography and Chemistry, respectively, from Calvin College and he is a certified GIS Professional (GISP).