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Jane Harrison

Coastal Economics Specialist


Focus Areas: Environmental economics, economic development, natural resource management, public engagement and outreach

Jane Harrison, North Carolina Sea Grant coastal economics specialist, applies economic analysis and other social science methods to meet the needs of coastal stakeholders. She regularly collaborates with city planners and elected officials, private businesses, and residents to safeguard natural resources and make smart, long-term investments in infrastructure.

She leads development of the NC Oyster Trail, which offers unique tourism experiences centered on our state’s tasty oysters. The Trail’s mission is to provide oyster tourism experiences that help sustain and grow N.C. oyster supply and demand, resulting in economic, environmental, and social benefits to the state’s seafood industry and coastal communities.

In addition, Harrison is a graduate faculty member in the College of Natural Resources and an affiliate faculty member in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at NC State University. She teaches economic development, a course on the unique development challenges of, and strategies being pursued in, rural and urban areas of North Carolina.