Assistant Professor of International Relations
University of Glasgow
Patrick Bayer is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the University of Glasgow. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University in Mannheim in 2013 and holds an M.Sc. degree in Environmental Economics from University College London. Prior to coming to Glasgow, he was research fellow at Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia University.
Patrick’s research focuses on central questions in international cooperation, with applications to environmental and energy politics. Previous research includes work on feed-in tariffs, renewable energy as well as climate and environmental finance, which has been published in Science Advances, the Journal of Politics, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Patrick teaches classes on global environmental politics, international organizations, and research methods, and was among the teaching faculty of the EITM Europe Summer Institute.
Patrick has recently developed a keen interest in formal modeling and empirical testing of the strategic interaction of governments and firms in carbon regulation. As ISEP fellow, he will be contributing to evidence-based analysis of international climate governance and regulatory policy, such as emissions trading.
Joshua W. Busby
LBJ School of Public Affairs
University of Texas at Austin
Joshua Busby is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs and a Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He originally joined the LBJ School faculty in fall 2006 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer. In 2016, Dr. Busby also joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as a non-resident fellow. In 2018, he joined the Center for Climate & Security as a Senior Research Fellow.
Prior to coming to UT, Dr. Busby was a research fellow at the Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School (2005-2006), the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s JFK School (2004-2005), and the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution (2003-2004). He defended his dissertation with distinction in summer 2004 from Georgetown University, where he also earned his M.A. in 2002.
His current research analyzes leadership in the climate arena, the challenges of sectoral emissions mitigation in India and China, solar scale-up in India, the geopolitics of the clean energy transition, as well as the implications of climate change for security.
Senior Research Fellow European Energy Law and Policy
Institute for Energy and the Environment
Vermont Law School
Anna Butenko is a Senior Research Fellow in European Energy Law and Policy at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, where she was previously a Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Scholar. Anna is currently a Visiting Scholar in residence at the Program on Environmental and Energy Law at the American University in Washington DC, and non-resident Fellow of the Transatlantic Technology Law Forum at Stanford Law School.
Anna’s research focuses on the regulatory responses to innovation in the energy sector both in the EU and the US. Her current research project “Transatlantic Perspectives on Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading Platforms” was awarded funding by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. At ISEP Anna will continue exploring the legal implications of transactive energy.
Lecturer in Regional and Comparative Politics
School of Politics and International Relations
Queen Mary University of London
Elizabeth Chatterjee is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. Before joining Queen Mary, she was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. She holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, where she was a Fellow of All Souls College.
Liz’s research examines energy politics and state capacity in the face of climate change. She is currently completing a book manuscript on state capitalism in India, with a focus on electricity and renewable energy. Other recent and ongoing projects explore the effects of ambitious renewable energy targets, the relationship between electoral competition and energy reforms, and the history of fossil fuel consumption across Asia.
As an ISEP Fellow, Liz seeks to contribute to research on the political economy of renewable energy and institutions for environmental governance, especially in the Global South.
Assistant Professor of International Political Economy
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Johns Hopkins University
Andrew Cheon is Assistant Professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He concentrates on issues of international political economy, theories of international relations, and problems of energy governance. Before joining the SAIS faculty, he obtained his doctorate in Political Science from Columbia University.
His current research analyzes the global investments of national oil companies, presenting a political economy account with a focus on bureaucratic institutions. His work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Global Environmental Change. He recently completed a book manuscript on activism against the fossil fuel industry.
As ISEP, Andrew seeks to contribute theoretically grounded research on topics of policy relevance, such as governance of fossil fuels and energy security.
Professor, Associate Dean
School of International Studies/ Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies/ Institute for 21st Century Silk Road Studies
President, Intellisia Institute
Dingding Chen is Professor of International Relations, Associate Dean of Institute for 21st Century Silk Road Studies at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, and Non-Resident Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) Berlin, Germany, Vice-President of International Studies Association (Asia Pacific region 2014-2018). He is also the Founding President of Intellisia Institute, a newly established independent think tank focusing on international affairs in China. His research interests include Chinese foreign policy, Asian security, Chinese politics, and human rights. His articles have appeared in International Studies Quarterly, International Security, Journal of Contemporary China, Chinese Journal of International Politics, and The Washington Quarterly. He is the co-editor of a book on international engagement with human rights in China. Before teaching at university of Macau between 2009 and 2016, he was a visiting instructor in the government department at Dartmouth College and was also a China and the World Program Fellow at Harvard University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international economics from the Renmin University of China and a master’s degree and PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.
Jeff D. Colgan
Richard Holbrooke Associate Professor of Political Science
Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs
Jeff D. Colgan is the Richard Holbrooke Associate Professor at the Political Science Department and the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs of Brown University, where he also serves as the Director of Security Studies. His research interests include international order, oil and energy politics, climate change, and international security. His most recent book is Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War (Cambridge University Press, 2013). His research has been published in International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly,World Politics, Foreign Affairs, and other journals.
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
Namrata Chindarkar is an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS) and a faculty associate at the Institute of Water Policy, NUS.
Her research is at the intersection of sustainable development and social policy. Her research on energy policy focuses on interactions and spillovers between energy sector reforms and socio-economic and environmental outcomes; energy policy governance including policy design, policy capacity, and policy innovation; and socio-cultural aspects of energy access such caste- and gender-based inequities. Her methodological approach is applied econometrics and policy impact evaluation using primary, secondary, and administrative policy data.
Namrata earned an MA in Development Studies from the University of Manchester, an MPhil in Social Sciences from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and a PhD in Policy Studies from the University of Maryland – College Park.
Assistant Professor of Energy & Environmental Economics and Policy
College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE)
Peking University, China
Hancheng Dai, Assistant Professor at College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, China. He received his B.S. degree from Peking University in China, M.S. degree from the Technical University of Munich in Germany and Ph.D. degree from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan.
Prof. Dai’s research interests are on climate change economics, energy and environmental economics and policy assessment. He has been developing the state-of-the-art integrated assessment models to find out how the society could transit into a low-carbon and sustainable future at the local, national and global scales. Using these models, he explored key questions such as the mitigation cost of achieving the Copenhagen targets, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and 2 °C degree targets in China, the co-benefits of climate mitigation on air pollution, human health, water saving and resource efficiency, as well as the effects of emission trading policy in China. His main publications, including 6 ESI highly cited papers, are on energy economics and policy related journal.
Pablo Egana del Sol
Assistant Professor of Economics
Asia School of Business
International Faculty Fellow
Pablo Egaña del Sol is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Asia School of Business and an International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan. He conducts research on applied economics, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship for economic development. His research uses randomized control trials as well as lab-in-the-field experiments combining different approaches such as behavioral economics and cognitive neuroscience. He holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University in New York City.
At ISEP, Pablo seeks to contribute to research on relevant issues concerning sustainable development and energy from a behavioral economic lens.
Assistant Professor in Environmental Economics
Department of Geography and Environment
London School of Economics and Political Science
Eugenie Dugoua is Assistant Professor in Environmental Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As an environmental economist analyzing the issue of technological change, her interests lie primarily in understanding how institutions and policies influence science, technological innovation and diffusion so that economic development can be sustainable for the environment and societies. Before joining LSE faculty, Eugenie graduated with a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2018.
In her job market paper, Eugenie applies machine learning techniques for text analysis and econometric methods to provide the first empirical evidence that the Montreal protocol and its following amendments to protect the ozone layer triggered a significant increase in research and innovation concerning alternatives to ozone-depleting substances. In another working paper, she examines challenges to green technological transitions at the firm level by looking at firms’ interconnectedness and supply chain networks.
Last but not least, another key aspect of her research agenda concerns technological change in developing countries and in particular energy poverty. For example, she explored the potential of nighttime lights data for measuring electrification progress as well as the socio-demographic profiles of those who benefited from the recent progress in rural electrification in India. Her work has appeared in Energy Policy, the International Journal of Remote Sensing and the International Journal of Energy Research.
Assistant Professor of Government
University of Essex
Federica Genovese is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Government at the University of Essex. She is also the lead of the Quantitative Social Science section of the Eastern Academic Research Consortium between University of East Anglia, University of Essex and University of Kent. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Konstanz in 2013, and spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University before moving to Essex.
Federica is interested in the global, cross-national and domestic politics of environmental problems. In the past she has studied cross-country positions on global climate cooperation, the industrial politics of climate change mitigation, and public opinion on green policies. She uses a wide range of research methodologies. She has published her work in outlets such as Environmental Politics, British Journal of Political Science and International Studies Quarterly. At Essex, Federica teaches classes on environmental politics and research methods.
In her research, Federica focuses on topics such as the politics of the 2015 Paris Agreement pledges and the strategic use of fairness at international climate change negotiations. She is also interested in business positions on policies such as the EU Emission Trading Scheme and the implications of domestic institutional tensions on countries’ positions at the UNFCCC.
Department of Political Science
University of Toronto
Jessica Green is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. She is cross-appointed in the School of Environment, and has previously held positions at Case Western University (in Cleveland, OH) and New York University (in NYC).
Her research focuses on transnational private regulation and its interactions with public forms of authority. More broadly, she is interested in the ways that global institutions, both public and private, can provide environmental public goods. Her book, Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance, was published by Princeton University Press in January 2014. It received the 2015 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for best the book in environmental politics from the International Studies Association, the 2015 Lynton Keith Caldwell Award from the American Political Science Association, and the Levine Prize. In 2017, she received the Emerging Young Scholar Award from APSA’s Science Technology and Environmental Policy Section. Her work has been appeared in International Organization, Global Environmental Politics, Nature and Nature Climate Change, among others.
Associate Professor of Global Public Policy
Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Dr. Thomas Hale’s research explores how we can manage transnational problems effectively and fairly. He seeks to explain how political institutions evolve–or not–to face the challenges raised by globalization and interdependence, with a particular emphasis on environmental and economic issues. He holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, a masters degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and an AB in public policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. A US national, Hale has studied and worked in Argentina, China, and Europe. His books include Beyond Gridlock (Polity 2017), Between Interests and Law: The Politics of Transnational Commercial Disputes (Cambridge 2015), Transnational Climate Change Governance (Cambridge 2014), and Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation Is Failing when We Need It Most (Polity 2013).
Phillip M. Hannam
Energy Global Practice, South Asia
Phil is an Energy Economist in the World Bank’s energy practice in South Asia, working on accelerating the low-carbon energy transition, regional power sector integration, and climate finance strategy. He was also involved with the US$75 billion replenishment process for the World Bank’s low-income countries fund (IDA), focusing on climate and energy commitments.
Phil has a PhD from the program in Science, Technology & Environmental Policy at Princeton University. Phil’s research examines the politics of China’s international support for coal power, particularly strategic responses of other donors and implications for climate change governance. Phil was a visiting researcher at the University of Leeds in 2016, and a research scholar at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, India in 2015. From 2009-2011, Phil studied south-south cooperation as a Chinese Government Scholar at the U.N. Environment Program-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development in Shanghai. His work is published in Science, Nature Climate Change, Climatic Change, and India in Transition.
As ISEP, Phil seeks to study the political economy of low-carbon energy transitions, particularly the transition away from coal power and the role of energy storage.
Crawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University
Llewelyn Hughes is Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU), where he sits on the Energy Change Institute’s Executive Committee. He has authored numerous papers on energy-policy related issues, and is the author of Globalizing Oil: Firms and Oil Market Governance in France, Japan, and the United States, published by Cambridge University Press. At ISEP, Llewelyn works on clean technology innovation, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
In addition to his academic work Llewelyn is Research Director at GR Japan, a government and public affairs consultancy based in Tokyo, where his advice helps companies in the solar photovoltaic, wind, and energy efficiency sectors navigate regulatory affairs in the Japanese market. He received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and holds a Masters degree from the Graduate School of Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo. Llewelyn is trained as a simultaneous and consecutive interpreter in the Japanese language, and is a citizen of Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.
Energy, Resources and Environment and Canadian Studies
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Johns Hopkins University
Sarah Jordaan’s research is aimed at uncovering the environmental and economic trade-offs related to energy decisions. Her publications focus on not only life cycle assessment of energy technologies but also more broadly on environmental science, technology innovation and energy policy. Her collaborations have been published in numerous journals, such as Science Magazine, Nature Energy, Environmental Science & Technology, and Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Prior to Johns Hopkins University, she was an Assistant Professor of Energy Policy and Politics at the University of Calgary from 2013-2016. She held a joint postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University between the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. She has also held positions at the Electric Power Research Institute, Shell Canada, and the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at the University of California, San Diego. She earned her doctorate in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary in 2010 and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics with a minor in Computer Science from Memorial University in 2003.
Phillip Y. Lipscy
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Thomas Rohlen Center Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Phillip Y. Lipscy is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He is also The Thomas Rohlen Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His fields of research include international and comparative political economy, the politics of energy and the environment, and the politics of East Asia, particularly Japan. Before joining Stanford, he obtained his doctorate in Government from Harvard University.
Lipscy’s research explores the politics of energy and climate change with a focus on the role of international cooperation and political institutions in advanced industrialized countries. His book manuscript examines how globalization and electoral institutions constrain energy conservation and emissions mitigation policies. He has also written extensively on the politics of energy in Japan. His research has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science,International Organization,Annual Review of Political Science, Asian Survey, Journal of East Asian Studies, Energy Policy, and Environmental Science and Technology. His first book, Renegotiating the World Order: Institutional Change in International Relations, was published from Cambridge University Press.
As an ISEP fellow, Phillip looks forward to contributing policy-relevant research on energy and climate change and exchanging ideas with other fellows.
Energy and Climate Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
David Livingston is an associate fellow in Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where his research focuses on emerging markets, technologies, and risks. He is also a nonresident associate of Carnegie Europe in Brussels. Previously, Livingston served as the inaugural Robert S. Strauss fellow for geoeconomics at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, where he concluded as acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs. He also has worked at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna.
Livingston was selected as a Future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council, is an alumnus of the Atlantik Brücke Young Leaders Program, and serves on the advisory board of South by Southwest (SXSW) Cities and a number of social enterprise start-ups.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Paasha Mahdavi is Assistant Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and Director of the M.S. in Data Science for Public Policy program.
As a Fellow at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Paasha studies the politics of nationalization and state-owned enterprises in the energy sector (the subject of his current book project); the consequences of oil-to-cash transfers; and the political economy of fossil fuel subsidy reform. His work has been published in journals such as Energy Policy, Nature Energy, and World Politics. Paasha is an Affiliated Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown and currently serves as the GFC Fellow for the Council on the Future of Energy at the World Economic Forum. In a past life, Paasha worked as an energy consultant for ICF International. He earned his M.A. in international policy from Stanford, and M.S. in statistics and Ph.D. in political science from UCLA.
Assistant Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy
University of California, Berkeley
Jonas Meckling is Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he leads the Energy and Environment Policy Lab.
Jonas studies clean energy transitions and the political forces that drive them. He is particularly interested in the global politics of energy innovation, including in industries such as solar and electric vehicles. Jonas is the author of two books, the latest of which is Carbon Coalitions: Business, Climate Politics, and the Rise of Emissions Trading (MIT Press). He published in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, the Review of International Political Economy, and Science.
Jonas is a Faculty Affiliate at the Energy and Resources Group at Berkeley and a Fellow at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins. Previously, Jonas served as Senior Advisor to the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, was a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and worked at the European Commission. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Michigan
Brian Min is Associate Professor of Political Science and Research Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Power and the Vote: Elections and Electricity in the Developing World (Cambridge University Press, 2015). His research uses high resolution satellite imagery to study the politics of rural electrification across the developing world. He has collaborated closely with the World Bank to develop new methods using remote sensing and statistical algorithms to plan and monitor electrification projects in settings including India, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Kenya, Pakistan, and Vietnam. His current research focuses on the political targeting of power outages using high frequency satellite data. He holds degrees from Cornell, Harvard Kennedy School, and UCLA.
Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Johns Hopkins University
Jonas Nahm is Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.
Jonas studies the political economy of development and industrial upgrading in green industries, the politics of innovation, and the political economy of the energy sector. In addition to China – his primary focus for the exploration of these themes – Jonas’ research draws on cases in Germany and the United States. His current book project “Varieties of Innovation: The Creation of Wind and Solar Industries in China, Germany, and the United States” examines the mechanisms through which distinct patterns of innovation have emerged in renewable energy sectors in each of these locations. A new research project investigates the politics of greening the auto sector in China, Germany, and the United States.
Before joining the faculty, Jonas was a Postdoctoral Fellow for International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute at Brown University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT.
Center for Energy and Environmental Policy
University of Delaware
Dr. Joseph Nyangon is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware, a non-resident fellow at the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines and founder of the New York-based energy and infrastructure advisory firm Sacital Energy Group. As an engineering economist, his work focusses on harnessing optimization and econometric methods for application to energy engineering systems, including in analyzing energy and environmental stringencies and investments in systems with large amounts of variable energy resources.
Most recently, his work has focused on developing engineering-based solutions to improve electricity market design, reliability standards, and opportunities for synergies between natural gas and solar energy in the electric power sector. His work has been published in WIREs Energy and Environment, The Energy Journal, Financial Analysts Journal, Green Monitor: Technology Policy Review, Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, IGI Global, SSRN Electronic Journal, among others. He frequently provides strategic advisory and expert reports to utilities, nonprofits and foundations, state and federal regulatory commissions, and municipal agencies. He holds a Ph.D. and two master’s degrees focusing on engineering economic systems, public policy, and energy economics from Columbia University in the City of New York, University of Delaware and the University of Greenwich. As an ISEP fellow, Dr. Nyangon seeks to improve understanding of policy and market implications for transitioning to zero-carbon power systems, examined through dynamic and multi-regional econometric modeling.
Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy
Assistant Professor of International Affairs (secondary appointment)
George Washington University
Sanjay Patnaik is an assistant professor in the Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C. He also has a secondary appointment at the Elliott School for International Affairs at GWU and an affiliation as Senior Fellow for the Initiative for Environmental Leadership (IGEL) at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the advisory board for IGEL and previously was a visiting lecturer and senior fellow in the Management Department at Wharton. Sanjay earned his doctorate in business administration (strategy) from Harvard Business School.
Sanjay’s main research efforts are focused on the intersection of business and the environment and specifically on firm behavior in response to carbon pricing regulations and climate change. For most of his current research projects he uses the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the largest active cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases in the world, as an empirical setting to study topics such as the interaction of firms and regulators within the EU ETS, the strategic responses of firms to carbon pricing and the importance of institutional characteristics in the implementation of multinational greenhouse gas regulations.
At ISEP, Sanjay contributes through is research efforts on climate change risk assessment and management, examined through a firm-level perspective
Arvind P. Ravikumar
Energy Resources Engineering
Arvind Ravikumar is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University and a non-resident fellow at the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. Starting in September 2018, he will be an Assistant Professor in Energy Engineering at Harrisburg University.
His work focuses on developing engineering-based solutions to inform energy and environmental policy. Most recently, his research has sought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the North American oil and gas industry, by helping to integrate technological innovation within regulatory frameworks. His interdisciplinary background lets him draw insights from multiple methodologies including field studies, energy system modeling, life-cycle assessments, and techno-economic analyzes. He consults with non-governmental organizations, and state and national regulatory agencies in both the U.S. and Canada on emissions mitigation policy. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2015.
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Anthropology
Universiry of Florida
Justin Schon is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida. He works on a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, climate scientists, and social scientists to develop predictive models of environmental change and human migration. Justin concentrates on issues of migration, armed conflict, and development. Before joining the University of Florida, he obtained his doctorate in Political Science from Indiana University, Bloomington.
His current research analyzes internal and international migration flows with network, time series, spatial, and interview methods. His work has appeared in Journal of Refugee Studies, Civil Wars, International Interactions, and Journal of Social Structure. He is currently revising a book manuscript on civilian self-protection strategies during conflict, drawing from over 250 interviews with Syrian and Somali refugees.
As an ISEP fellow, Justin seeks to contribute to understandings of energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa. This fits within his broad curiosity in how ordinary people and elites obtain information and respond to uncertainty.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Sceince
University of California, Santa Barbara
Leah Stokes’ research examines public policy, public opinion and political behavior, with a focus on energy and environment. Her current book project studies interest groups’ role in changing US states’ energy policy, with a focus renewable portfolio standards and net-metering laws. Other ongoing projects include examining protests against energy infrastructure, political staff in Congress, environmentalists’ electoral participation, violence against environmental activists, and effective water conservation policy in California. To date, her research has been published in journals including The American Journal of Political Science, The British Journal of Political Science, Energy Policy, Nature Energy, Global Environmental Politics, and Environmental Science & Technology. Her work has been cited in popular media including The New York Times, Vox, The Toronto Star and CBC. Prior to academia, Leah worked at the Parliament of Canada and Resources for the Future. Leah is also the co-Chair of the Scholars Strategy Network’s Working Group on Energy & Climate and is affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Yixian Sun is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University since November 2018. He studies private governance, environmental politics, and sustainable consumption, with a focus on the agri-food sector. He completed his doctoral and master’s degrees from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, in Geneva.
Yixian’s current research examines the influence of private sustainability governance in emerging economies, and the agency of Southern actors towards sustainable practices. His book project analyzes the diffusion of private sustainability governance in China. Yixian’s work has been published in TheReview of International Political Economy, Global Environmental Politics, VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.
As an ISEP fellow, Yixian works on the global governance of energy and the environment, the nexus of energy and food, and the sustainability impacts of China’s consumption.
Deepthi Swamy is a researcher working on policy and implementation issues in the renewable energy and electricity sectors in developing countries. Her broad interest lies in the design of innovative mechanisms for clean energy transitions and sustainable growth.
She has previously worked as a research scientist at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), an Indian public policy think tank. Here she worked on national and state-level studies to examine supply and demand-side strategies for power sector planning and supportive policies for renewable energy development. She was specifically involved in potential assessment studies of on-shore wind power and evaluation of regulatory frameworks for achieving national wind targets.
Her work has been published in technical reports, academic book chapters, conference proceedings, newspapers and online policy discussion platforms. She earned a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Cornell University.
Her current research is focused on applications of a systems approach to synthesize insights on complexities in the implementation of clean energy transitions. At ISEP, Deepthi seeks to contribute evidence-based research on issues of policy relevance in the energy sector in India.
Thijs Van de Graaf
Assistant Professor of International Politics
Ghent Institute for International Studies
Thijs Van de Graaf is Assistant Professor of International Politics at the Ghent Institute for International Studies, Ghent University, where he studies and teaches global energy politics and international relations.
He is the lead editor of The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy (2016) and author of The Politics and Institutions of Global Energy Governance (Palgrave, 2013).
His research has appeared in journals such as Global Environmental Politics, World Development, Energy Policy, British Journal of Political Science, and Climatic Change.
Thijs is working on a new book, Global Energy Politics, for Polity Press and is currently a member of the IRENA support team with the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation.
Associate Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Johns Hopkins University
Rui Wang specializes in the public policy analysis for sustainable development, especially on issues related to cities or China. Rui’s research appears in the areas of public policy, economics, and natural science and has been covered in the Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Los Angeles Times and New York Times. He also gave invited talks at the China Finance 40 Forum, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, RAND, World Bank, and numerous academic conferences and institutions. His works on California’s local climate actions, China’s urban household carbon emissions, and parking in China’s cities were cited by the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.
Rui is the inaugural SAIS China Yeung Family Endowed Scholar and a steering committee member of the Johns Hopkins 21st Century Cities Initiative. He serves on the editorial boards of Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment and USDOT’s Journal of Transportation and Statistics. He has consulted for Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the World Bank.
Rui earned his bachelor’s degrees in Geography and Economics from Peking University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. He taught at UCLA before joining SAIS.
Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
Ben Zaitchik is an Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. His research addresses hydroclimatic variability across a range of spatial and temporal scales. This includes work on fundamental atmospheric and hydrological processes as well as applications to water resources, agriculture, energy, and human health.
Prior to joining JHU, Ben was a Research Associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and a AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. He holds a PhD in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University, an MS in Soil Sciences from Cornell University, and an AB in Biology from Harvard College.
As an ISEP Fellow, Ben contributes a natural systems perspective on sustainable energy opportunities and impacts.
Associate Professor of Sustainability Science and Public Policy
School of Economics and Management
Chao Zhang is an associate professor at School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, and an adjunct professor at UN Environment-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development. He obtained his doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from School of Environment at Tsinghua University, and conducted postdoctoral research in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
He is interested in studying energy and environmental policy issues by using system analysis methods and tools of industrial ecology, with focuses on energy-water nexus, socioeconomic metabolism and resource efficiency. His work has been published in Nature Energy, Applied Energy, Environmental Science & Technology, Ecological Economics, Journal of Cleaner Production, Resources, Conservation & Recycling, etc..
As ISEP, Chao seeks to contribute to understand cross-sectoral effects of policy interventions on energy-water nexus in developing countries, where both energy and water systems are under rapid transitions.