Professor Janice Beecher has served as Director of the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University since 2002, bringing more than thirty years of applied research experience to the position. Established at MSU in 1965, the Institute’s mission is to support informed, effective, and efficient regulation of the network industries providing essential utility services. More than 20,000 people working in the regulatory policy community across the globe have attended IPU continuing education programs. Dr. Beecher’s research areas include regulatory theory, institutions, principles, and concepts; regulatory commissions and jurisdiction; ratemaking methods; expenditures, price, and demand trends; regulatory adaptation; and ethics. She has particular expertise in the economics, structure, and regulation of the water industry and water pricing.
Prof. Beecher is a frequent author, lecturer, and participant in national and international academic and professional forums and is Editor-in-Chief of Utilities Policy (Elsevier). She previously held positions at The Ohio State and Indiana Universities and the Illinois Commerce Commission. Prof. Beecher has appointments at MSU in Political Science and Economics. She teaches courses in public policy and regulation and supervises graduate research students from the MPP program. She holds a B.A. in Economics, Political Science, and history from Elmhurst College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University. Connect with Professor Beecher at her Linked-In page.