College of Professional Studies Professor of the Practice
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Dr. Richard Swanson is an economics and finance consultant, evaluating energy-related initiatives and investment strategies in the U.S. and internationally. He maintains expertise in economic and financial analysis for transaction support and strategy decisions including project design and development, investment planning, and structured finance. He has conducted economic feasibility studies, financial analyses, cost-benefit assessments, and multi-factor risk evaluations for utilities, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, and engineering companies such as CSPDR (based in China). Dr. Swanson has worked in the U.S. and many other countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. In addition, he runs a small nonprofit that helps young businesses in developing nations expand their operations.
Dr. Swanson received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado, his master’s degree in international affairs from Tufts’ Fletcher School, and his Ph.D. in civil systems engineering from Colorado. His academic interests include the application of financial theory to project design and development in the infrastructure sector, especially as a stimulus for economic growth. He lives in Reading, MA, with his wife and children.