Jeffrey A. Hughes

Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Lecturer and Director, Environmental Finance Center

Areas of Expertise

Environmental services and programs


Jeff Hughes joined the School of Government in 2002. He has more than 25 years of experience assisting communities in addressing finance and policy challenges related to the provision of environmental services and programs. Hughes is the author of numerous reports, guides, and articles on environmental finance and environmental policy analysis subjects. He works with a range of state and national organizations that focus on utility and environmental issues.  He is an active member of Council of Infrastructure Finance Authorities (CIFA) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Hughes is the Director of the Environmental Finance Center at the School of Government. His research and teaching interests include service pricing, economic regulation, and public finance. Prior to joining the university, Hughes worked as a finance specialist for RTI International where he managed utility finance and governance projects throughout Central Europe and Africa including a yearlong position as an infrastructure finance advisor to the Polish government. Hughes also worked briefly as a utility director for a small rural community in North Carolina. He received a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Duke University.    

Selected publications 

Institutional Models for Sharing Water Resource Protection Costs among Multiple Partners. Environmental Finance Center Report. May 2014.

Defining a Resilient Business Model for Water Utilities. Jeff Hughes, Peiffer Brandt, Mary Tiger, Shadi Eskaf, and Stacey Berahzer. Water Research Foundation Report #4366. January 2014.

Assessing Water System Revenue Risk: Considerations for Market Analysts. Jeff Hughes and Sharlene Leurig. A Ceres report. August 2013.

An Assessment of PACE Local Government Financing Issues in Three States. Adam Parker and Jeff Hughes. Environmental Finance Center Report. October 2012.

Mining Water Billing Data to Inform Policy and Communication Strategies. Christine E. Boyle, Shadi Eskaf, Mary Wyatt Tiger, and Jeff Hughes. Journal AWWA, Volume 103, Issue 11, pages 45-58. November 2011.

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