Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard
FELLOWS AND VISITING SCHOLARS

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Kathleen Ara├║joKathleen Araújo
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy/Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS
Research Topic: Management of national energy-environmental systems; science and technology change; and institutional aspects of nuclear safety and security

Kathleen Araújo works on issues relating to the management of national energy-environmental systems; science and technology change; and institutional aspects of nuclear safety and security. Her recent research includes a comparative analysis of changes in the R&D/intellectual property activity of the international chemical industry, and of national transitions to nuclear, geothermal, wind, and biofuels technologies. She has consulted for inter-governmental organizations and partnered on initiatives with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Education Task Force and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Araújo completed her Ph.D. at MIT.

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Megan Bailey
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Public Policy
Research Topic: Greenhouse gas policies

Megan Bailey seeks to evaluate the environmental efficacy and economic efficiency of policy options for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon taxes and cap-and-trade systems, at both national and international levels. Additionally, she is interested in the non-market valuation of ecosystem services, particularly those at risk to be lost via ecological collapse. Megan holds a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology; a B.A. in Art; and an M.A. in International Relations from California State University, Fresno. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Rahul BanerjeeRahul Banerjee
Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS
Research Topic: The design of capacity for long-term power supply markets in India

Rahul Banerjee is a Senior Adviser for Power Markets at the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in New Delhi. His interests include regulatory affairs and market mechanisms to induce competition and efficiency. Rahul’s research is on the design of capacity for long-term power supply markets in India. He is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Public-Private Partnerships to Promote Sustainable Development in India led by Professor Rohini Pande. At the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission he contributed to the formulation of power market regulations. He is involved with development of power markets and various aspects of power market design including capacity markets, ancillary markets, transmission markets, power exchanges, traders, markets oversight, and surveillance. Over the last 18 years he has worked on a range of areas in public and private sector, including power transmission and distribution at Siemens Ltd, equity analysis and trading in capital markets, derivative contract designing and trading platforms at National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Ltd, and energy trading software solutions at Wipro Technologies Ltd. He is a management graduate of the T.A. Pai Management Institute (2001) and holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology (1994). His faculty host is Rohini Pande. He is working closely with Nicholas Ryan.

Dana Beuschel
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Economics
Research Topic: Valuation of environmental amenities, the interaction of location and energy use, and the relationship between energy policy and transportation decisions


Dana Beuschel's research interests include valuation of environmental amenities, the interaction of location and energy use, and the relationship between energy policy and transportation decisions. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a BA in Economics and German and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business.

Nathan Black
Black photo.jpgEnvironmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment
Research Topic: The security consequences of climate change in Latin America

Nathan Black is a political scientist interested in the future relationship between climate change and violent civil conflict.

During his two-year fellowship, Nathan is working with Robert Bates of the Department of Government on the security consequences of climate change in Latin America. Nathan is trying to identify best practices for Latin American state governments facing natural resource supply shocks of the kind expected as a result of climate change, specifically which responses to these shocks have led to peace in the past, and which have led to violent conflict.

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Gabe Chan
Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group
Gabe ChanFellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student, Public Policy
Research Topic: Innovation economics and policy in the energy sector using quantitative social science methodology

Gabe Chan is a Public Policy Ph.D. student and a Doctoral Research Fellow in the Energy Technology Innovation Policy group, the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, and a former fellow of the Sustainability Science Program, at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His research focuses on innovation economics and policy in the energy sector using quantitative social science methodology. His interests lie in the interaction of government policy with radical technical change as well as in developing and applying cutting-edge statistical methodology to empirical questions in innovation economics, such as the estimation of technological spillovers from public R&D. Gabe is a recipient of the Belfer Center Science, Technology, and Public Policy Fellowship (2012-2014), the Giorgio Ruffolo Sustainability Science Fellowship (2011-2012), the Vicki Norberg Bohm Fellowship (2010), and a graduate of the Harvard Graduate Consortium on Energy and the Environment (2012). Prior to coming to Harvard, Gabe graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009 where he received Bachelor of Science degrees in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science, and Political Science. In 2007 and 2009, Gabe worked at the U.S. Department of Energy where he worked in the Climate Change Technology Program (CCTP), an interagency group tasked with prioritizing the federal government’s investments and policies for mitigating climate change through accelerated technology innovation and deployment.

Rohit Chandra
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Public Policy
Research Topic: The history, evolution and dynamics of energy markets in South Asia, particularly in India


Rohit Chandra's research focuses on the history, evolution and dynamics of energy markets in South Asia, particularly in India. He has looked primarily at coal, electricity and natural gas markets and their supply chains, governance, and distortions. He is also interested in natural resource economics in developing countries and the economic effects of resource extraction on local communities. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a BSc in Electrical Engineering and has worked in New Delhi for two years at the Centre for Policy Research.

Cuicui Chen
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Public Policy
Research Topic: The role of economic activities in the ecosystem; theory, application, and empirical testing of learning; and the theory of siting a public facility


Cuicui Chen is a doctoral student in Public Policy at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. She is interested in environmental economics, game theory, and allocation theory. She currently focuses on the role of economic activities in the ecosystem; theory, application, and empirical testing of learning; and the theory of siting a public facility. This past summer, Cuicui was working at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C. with Dr. Rebecca Epanchin-Niell, studying the optimal inspection scheme for reducing biological invasion via live plants trade. Her previous research includes evaluation of the general equilibrium effects of biofuel mandates in U.S. and EU, and analysis of the role of the automotive industry in increasing the use of alternative fuels in place of traditional ones given the complementarity between fuels and vehicles. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering and a certificate in Computer Applications from Tsinghua University in 2010, and a Master of Science degree in Technology and Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012. 

Thom Covert
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Business Economics
Research Topic: Environmental economics, energy markets, and technical innovation in energy and health.

Thom Covert's research interests are environmental economics, energy markets, and technical innovation in energy and health. He worked for 3 years as an economics consultant with a focus on litigation in energy markets.

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Nathan Fleming
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Public Policy
Research Topic: Understanding how access to natural resources affects national security and potentially drives conflict


Nathan Fleming is interested in natural resource economics and security studies. Specifically, he is interested in understanding how access to natural resources affects national security and potentially drives conflict. He also has a related interest in manufacturing firm strategies for securing critical materials. He began his career as a mechanical engineer. He designed aircraft engines at General Electric for 5 years before returning to school to earn SM degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Technology & Policy at MIT.

Erin Frey
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Public Policy
Research Topic: How institutions, both formal and informal, shape environmental behaviors at all levels


Erin’s current interests are in the areas of international environmental governance and sustainable development. She is particularly interested in how institutions, both formal and informal, shape environmental behaviors at all levels—from global to individual. Erin wishes understand if and how these institutional arrangements can be scaled up or down to achieve specific environmental and economic outcomes in developing countries. She is also interested in the roles that culture, values, and perception play in the creation and effectiveness of environmental policy. Erin graduated from Harvard in 2008 with a BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy and a minor in Economics and has served as a Teaching Fellow for environmental policy courses at Harvard College.

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Todd Gerarden
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Public Policy

Todd Gerarden's interests lie in environmental economics, energy economics, and technology adoption. His previous research includes study of federal regulation of the offshore oil industry, energy efficiency finance and capitalization of green home certifications in sale prices, and employment impacts of investment in alternative energy technologies. Todd graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and was selected as a Truman Scholar. Before beginning doctoral studies, he worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Resources for the Future.
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Yue Guo
Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group
Research topic: Science and technology policy, energy policy, and policy process

Yue Guo is a predoctoral research fellow in the Belfer Center's Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, a research fellow in the Center for Science, Technology & Education Policy, Tsinghua University, and a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University. His chief research interests are science and technology policy, energy policy, and policy process. Yue's dissertation explores the roles of experimental policy in the science and technology field in China.

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David Hajjar
Hajjar photo.jpgSenior Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS
Research Topic: Public policies to strengthen science in the Gulf Arab States and to accelerate progress in basic science research to reduce the knowledge gap in the Middle East


Dr. David P. Hajjar is currently the Rhodes Professor and Dean Emeritus of Weill Cornell Graduate School of Cornell University in New York. His current interests focus on the development of public policies to strengthen science in the Gulf Arab States and to determine how the international community can accelerate progress in basic science research to reduce the knowledge gap in the Middle East. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire; he has published over 170 papers on cardiovascular research during his 35 year tenure on the Cornell faculty and has received numerous scientific awards in his research field. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2010-2011.

Pedram Hassanzadeh
Environmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment
hassanzadeh photo.jpgResearch Topic: Jet streams and atmospheric blocking events in a warming climate

Pedram Hassanzadeh is a fluid dynamicist interested in climate dynamics and in particular the effect of climate change on extreme weather events.

During his two-year fellowship, Pedram is working with Brian Farrell of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to study the jet streams and the atmospheric blocking events in a warming climate. The improved understanding of the blocks will be then used to investigate changes in some types of weather extremes, such as heat waves, cold spells, and heavy precipitation, in a warming climate.

Mun Ho
Visiting Scholar, Harvard China Project 
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Quantitative Social Science
Research topic: Economic effects of national emission control policies in China.


Mun Ho is the lead economist in the Harvard China Project’s integrated research of the total health and economic impacts of emission control options in China. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and is also a visiting scholar at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C. He and Professor Dale Jorgenson have led the Harvard China Project’s economic research from its inception, working with numerous collaborators to develop, refine, and update a 33-sector general equilibrium model of the Chinese economy with emphasis on energy use and emissions.

Sabrina Howell
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Political Economy and Government

Sabrina is interested in energy policy and economics, particularly the deployment of disruptive energy technologies in China and the U.S. She is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She holds a B.A. in Economics and East Asian Studies from Yale University. Since graduating in 2008, she has taught sustainable development and energy economics in China and worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) in Washington, D.C.

Junling Huang
Research Fellow, Harvard China Project
Ph.D. student, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Junling Huang is a Ph.D. student in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and member of the energy research group led by Professor Michael McElroy. His research topics currently include the origin of wind energy in the atmospheric thermal engine; wind and solar energy potentials under changing climate; and renewable energy resource management. 

Joern Huenteler
Pre-doctoral Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS
huenteler photo.jpgResearch Topic: Innovation policy for emerging energy technologies

Joern Huenteler is a pre-doctoral research fellow in the Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group at the Kennedy School and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zurich. In his doctoral dissertation, Joern examines the effects of market support policies (read subsidies) on innovation processes in emerging energy technologies, to better understand under what conditions they are suitable to achieve innovation policy objectives. He focuses on wind power and solar PV. Joern holds a joint graduate degree in mechanical engineering and economics from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and a M.Sc. in power engineering and engineering thermophysics from Tsinghua University.

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Agung Irantoko
irantokoIndonesia Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, HKS (Jan 2013-Dec 2013)
Research Topic: Re-governing Indonesia’s upstream petroleum industry

Agung Irantoko’s research topic is “Re-governing Indonesia’s upstream petroleum industry.” He has been involved in the energy business and industry for more than 15 years. Prior to his fellowship, he was the Senior Executive Advisor for BP-Migas (the Indonesian government’s executive agency for upstream oil/gas industries). Previously, he held several positions as an advisor/special assistant for various government units focusing on national security, political economy, and energy issues. He has also held academic appointments at the University of Indonesia and Atma Jaya Catholic University. He holds a degree from the University of Essex in UK.

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Wei Jiang
Rajawali Fellow, Ash Center, HKS
Jiang photo.jpgResearch topic: Effective governance for regional low carbon transition in China

Jiang Wei is a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), specializing on issues pertaining to climate change and sustainable development in China. She was formerly Alexander von Humboldt Climate Protection Fellow (2010-11), a committee member of the China Central Agencies Youth Union, and a senior consultant for the Guangyuan municipal government (2008-2010) where she was honored as a “Low-Carbon Ambassador.” As a Rajawali Fellow she will explore the effective governance and non-technological innovation systems for green transitions in China. Jiang has a Ph.D. in Economics from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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kesavanSantosh Kesavan 
Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS
Research Topic: Implementation and analysis of innovation systems to create low carbon pathways in the urban transportation sector

Based in India, Santosh Kesavan is Director for Product Marketing at Tejas Networks, a high-technology firm. He is a telecommunications professional interested in the application of emerging technologies to solving inter-disciplinary challenges in urban service delivery, environmental sustainability, and digital inclusion. His research focuses on the implementation and analysis of innovation systems to create low carbon pathways in the urban transportation sector. Santosh is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Public-Private Partnerships to Promote Sustainable Development in India led by Professor Rohini Pande. He started his career as a scientist in a systems analysis laboratory of Government of India where he contributed to the development of an indigenous GIS mapping software. He is a recipient of the J.C.Bose prize from the Indian government for the best student scientist (1992). Over the last twenty years, he has held a variety of positions in applied research, marketing, and business development, both in the government and industry. Between 2006 and 2008, he was the principal investigator for two public transit projects that were supported by grants from the National Institute of Justice and US Federal Transit Administration. Santosh is the 2010 winner of National Geographic Channel’s “Innovation for India” award in the Environmental Edge category. He received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland (2005), a Masters of Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science (1998), and a Bachelor of Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (1990). His faculty host is Rohini Pande.

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liuZhu Liu
Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS
Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS
Research Topic: Options for a low-carbon pathway for China’s sustainable development

Zhu Liu’s research focuses on energy sustainability in China. Specifically, his work explores options for a low-carbon pathway for China’s sustainable development. Zhu is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Sustainable Energy Development in China led by Professor Henry Lee. He conducted his Doctoral study in Ecology at the Institute of Applied Ecology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and graduated with highest honor. Zhu received his Ph.D. from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2013), the new educational form of CAS. Zhu was a visiting student at the University of Cambridge (2012). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Northwest University (2007) and a Master’s degree in Ecology from China Agricultural University (2009). His researches on energy and climate have been published in Nature, Nature Climate Change, PNAS, and other professional journals.

Angela Livino
Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS
Research Topic: The impact of changed Amazon water balances for precipitation and hydrology on the operation of hydropower stations and how the design and operation of hydropower plants might be modified to adapt to changed hydrological patterns

livinoAngela Livino is a doctoral student in water resources at the Civil Engineering Program at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She is a senior advisor on energy supply at Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE), Brazil’s agency for power planning (2005). Based in Brazil, Angela is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Sustainable Development in Amazonia: Land Use and the Hydrologic Cycle, led by Professor Paul Moorcroft. Her work assesses the impact of changed Amazon water balances for precipitation and hydrology on the operation of hydropower stations and explores how the design and operation of hydropower plants might be modified to adapt to changed hydrological patterns. Prior to her work at EPE she was a senior engineer at Operador Nacional do Sistema Eletrico (1998-2001). She is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship (2012-13). She received a Masters of Engineering in water resources (2001) and a Bachelor of Sciences in Civil Engineering (1999) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her masters work developed a stochastic model to forecast daily stream flow in to be used in operating programming of hydropower plants in Brazil. Her faculty host is School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Professor John Briscoe.

Stephanie Lo
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Economics


Stephanie Lo's research interests include the intersection of behavioral economics, macroeconomics, economics of environmental regulation, and energy economics. She is particularly interested in measuring the macroeconomic implications of changes in environmental policy and subsequent changes in energy usage and pricing. She is also interested in using behavioral economics to understand the potential for unintended firm behavior resulting from environmental regulations. Stephanie graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in economics in 2010 and spent the past two years trading natural gas at a proprietary trading firm, spending a significant portion of her time trying to understand environmental regulations and their impact on firm-level decisions of drillers and producers in the industry and overall effect on natural gas supply and pricing.

Chiara Lo Prete
Loprete photo.jpgEnvironmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment
Research Topic: The manipulation of wholesale electricity markets through virtual bidding

Chiara Lo Prete’s research addresses topics in energy and environmental economics, applied econometrics and empirical industrial organization. Chiara is interested in the application of economic and econometric models to issues that are relevant in wholesale electricity markets, including market power and price dynamics. Another branch of her work uses economic-engineering models for gaining insights into the economic, environmental and reliability impacts of microgrids on electricity networks.

As an Environmental Fellow, Chiara is working with William Hogan of the Harvard Kennedy School on the manipulation of wholesale electricity markets through virtual bidding. She received a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Xi Lu
Research Associate and Lecturer, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Research Associate, Harvard China Project
Research Topic: Technological and economic potential of wind energy

Xi Lu works in the Harvard China Project and the energy research group led by Prof. Michael McElroy. His major research involves meteorology-related renewable energy sources, especially wind power and power generation system in China and the US. He has published papers in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T), Renewable Energy, and Energy Policy on topics of technological and economic potentials for wind energy, variation issues of wind-generated electricity, as well the carbon and sulfur emissions from the US power system. Dr. Lu is also exploring general challenges and opportunities in low-carbon energy systems, especially in the electric power sector, in China and the US. He received one of the first fellowships of the Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment at Harvard, and won the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Studying Abroad in 2011. Before entering Harvard, he worked for CH2M-HILL as environmental scientist and was involved in the environmental consulting projects for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and for the many multinational clients in the energy industry.

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Mattijs Van Maasakkers
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS
Research Topic: The role of expertise in environmental policy


Mattijs van Maasakkers’s research is focused on the role of expertise in environmental policy. His recent research projects have been on participatory river basin management in the European Union, urban climate adaptation in Durban, South Africa and environmental restoration in Louisiana. Most recently, Van Maasakkers completed his Ph.Dvan Maasakkers photo.jpg. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his dissertation, he examined the development of markets for ecosystem services in the United States by analyzing what kinds of new practices are emerging in the process of their creation. While at MIT, Van Maasakkers also received a Master’s degree in City Planning. Before coming to MIT, he received a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.

Yosef Manik
Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS
Research Topic: Dynamics of palm oil biodiesel production, processing, and distribution
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Yosef Manik’s work focuses on technology innovation and policy analysis to support sustainable development. His research seeks to model and identify sustainable pathways for the production, processing and distribution of palm oil biodiesel by understanding the complex dynamic of its agents, flows, and networks. Yosef is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development led by William Clark. Yosef has Doctor of Philosophy degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine (2013) under a Fulbright Fellowship. He pursued his Master of Science (MSc) degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universität Karlsruhe in Germany (2008) under a German Academic Exchange Service scholarship. There he was involved in a study to design of a high performance, low emissions porous inert media burner. His Bachelor’s degree is in Industrial Engineering from the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember in Indonesia (1998). His faculty host is William Clark. He is also working closely with Kira Matus at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Danielle Medek
medek photo.jpgEnvironmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment
Research Topic: Effects of climate change on human nutrition

Danielle Medek is an ecophysiologist, with interests in medicine, plant ecophysiology and global change.

During her two-year fellowship, Danielle is working with Samuel Myers at the Harvard School of Public Health to investigate the effects of climate change on human nutrition. In particular, her work focuses on how rising CO2 may influence crop nutrient content and thereby the global burden of disease from nutrient deficiency.


Francisco Monaldi

Francisco Monaldi
Roy Family Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program/Geopolitics of Energy Project
Visiting Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Research Topic: National oil companies in Latin America

Francisco Monaldi teaches a graduate course on the political economy of oil during the spring semester and does research on national oil companies in Latin America.

He is a full Professor (on leave) at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administracion (IESA) in Caracas, Venezuela. Co-founder and Director of IESA's Center on Energy and the Environment. Professor Monaldi is a leading scholar on the politics and economics of the oil industry in Latin America and developing countries.
He has numerous academic publications, recently including: Oil Fueled Centralism: The Case of Venezuela in G. Anderson, editor (2012) Oil and Gas in Federal Systems, Oxford University Press; and The Political Economy of Oil Contract Renegotiation in Venezuela in Hogan, W. and F. Struzenegger; eds. (2010) The Natural Resources Trap: Private Investment without Public Commitment, MIT Press.

Scott Moore
mooreGiorgio Ruffolo Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS
Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Research topic: Water scarcity in 21st century China

Scott Moore is a political and environmental scientist and is interested in the political and public policy dimensions of environmental change, particularly energy and climate, water resource, and marine issues. His research aims to map the dimensions of water scarcity as a broad political, social, and economic challenge in 21st century China, and to produce policy recommendations on how to meet this challenge as part of a sustainable development strategy. Scott is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Sustainable Energy Development in China led by Professor Henry Lee. He received his PhD in Politics from Oxford University (2013). His dissertation is a comparative study of territorial politics and river basin management in the United States, India, China, and France. He comes to the Kennedy School from the Brookings Institution, where he researched energy and water policy implementation in China at the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy in Beijing. Scott was an intern with the US Department of Energy China Office, a Global Governance 2020 Fellow, and a youth delegate at several UN climate conferences. He is a recipient of a Truman Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, and Rhodes scholarship. He received his doctorate in Politics from Oxford in 2013, as well as a Master’s of Science in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University (2008) and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (2008). His faculty host is Henry Lee.

Nathaniel Mueller
Environmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment
Research Topic: Statistical modeling of the relationship of climate and crop yield

mueller photo.jpgNathan Mueller is an applied ecologist who studies how agricultural systems influence – and are influenced by – global environmental change.

During his two-year fellowship, Nathan is working with Peter Huybers of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Noel Michele Holbrook of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology to improve statistical models relating climate to crop yield. His work also investigates the interaction between changing agricultural management practices and climate using recently compiled time-series data.

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Janhavi Nilekani 
Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow, Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS
nilekaniFellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Public Policy


Janhavi Nilekani is a Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program and a doctoral candidate in the Public Policy Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Her research focuses on evaluating the relative costs and benefits of different policy instruments for controlling environmental pollution, with an emphasis on India. Janhavi is contributing to collaborative work by the Initiative on Building Public-Private Partnerships to Promote Sustainable Development in India led by Professor Rohini Pande. Janhavi received her BA, cum laude, in Economics and International Studies and the Ronald Meltzer/Cornelia Awdziewicz Economic Award from Yale University in 2010. She has worked as a Research Associate on a pilot emissions trading program for Indian industry at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab-South Asia (2011-2012). Her faculty host is Rohini Pande.

Noel photo.jpgPascal Noel
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Economics 

Pascal Noel is a PhD student in Economics. His research interests include optimal energy taxation and the impact of energy investment incentives. Pascal received a B.A. in Economics and in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale in 2006 and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics in 2007. He worked for two years as a research assistant on The Hamilton Project at Brookings. From 2009 to 2011 he was a senior policy advisor on the National Economic Council at the White House.

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Varad Pande
Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS

Varad Pande is an Officer on Special Duty to India’s Minister for Rural Development, where he advises the Minister on sustainable livelihoods, climate resilience, social security, skills development, and monitoring and evaluation. Previously he was Officer on Special Duty to the Minister for Environment and Forests, where he pandesupported the Minister on climate change negotiations and policy, environmental governance, and forestry. Varad is a member of the Government of India’s Expert Group on Strategies for Low Carbon Inclusive Growth and also principal advisor to Prof Abhijit Banerjee on the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on a Post-2015 Development Agenda. He was also the sherpa of his Minister on the UN SG’s Global Sustainability Panel, whose report – Resilient People, Resilient Planet – became a key input to the Rio+20 process. Before joining the Government in mid-2009, Varad was a Team Leader at the strategy firm Monitor Group where he led projects in Africa, Middle-East and Asia. He helped set up an economic development agency in Libya and led the first major project in India to identify and scale-up market-based business models at the bottom of the pyramid. Varad has also worked at the World Bank on governance decentralisation and primary education reform. Varad holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Master in Arts from the University of Cambridge’s Economics Department, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Economics from St. Stephens College in Delhi.

Annalidia Pansini
Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS
Research Topic: Legal, technical and market factors that affect the establishment of a Euro-Mediterranean renewable energies technologies cooperation partnership

pansiniAnnalidia Pansini is a doctoral candidate in Business Management at University of Rome La Sapienza. She is based in Rome, where she is an adviser in Italy’s Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea (2000- ). Her research focuses on the identification and the analysis of the legal, technical and market factors that affect the establishment of a Euro-Mediterranean renewable energies technologies cooperation partnership. She is undertaking a case study of the development of the solar energy technologies market in Tunisia. Annalidia is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Biofuels and Globalization led by Henry Lee. She is a member of the Technical Secretariat of the Italy’s Minister of Environment (2012), working on the management of the cooperation programme with the governments of Egypt, Morocco, Libya and Tunisia and the national initiative on carbon management and carbon foot printing activities with private and public sectors. She coordinated the Mediterranean Task Force of Italy’s Ministry for the Environment, and was responsible for bilateral and multilateral environmental cooperation initiatives and the management of projects on sustainable development, renewable energy and climate change in the Middle East and North Africa region. She coordinated the Type II Initiative Mediterranean Renewable Energy Programme, launched by the Italian Government at the Johannesburg Summit in 2002, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme’s Division of Technology, Industry and the Environment. She was a visiting fellow at the World Resources Institute working on the framework of the Institutions and Governance Program (2001). Annalidia holds a Law degree from University of Bari and a Masters in Environmental Governance from University of Tuscia. Her faculty host is Henry Lee.

Jisung Park
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Economics


parkJisung Park is a PhD Candidate in the economics department at Harvard University, where he is an NSF fellow and a Harvard Environmental Economics Fellow. Jisung’s research focuses on applications of economic theory to public policy issues, particularly at the intersection of long-run growth, human development, and environmental change. Some of his recent work has focused on the physiological connections between climate shocks and economic productivity. Recent research also explores the economics of environmental policy design, especially in the context of pervasive uncertainty, as well as governance challenges that arise from climate geoengineering.
Jisung is a Rhodes Scholar (New York, 2009), and holds Masters Degrees in Environmental Change and Management (’10) and Development Economics (’11) from Oxford University. He received his undergraduate education in economics and political science from Columbia University, and has worked in the banking and consulting industries. He is also the Founder and Co-Director of Sense and Sustainability, a podcast and blog on sustainable development issues (www.senseandsustainability.net).

parker photo.jpgAndy Parker
Research Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program
Research Topic: The governance and politics of research into solar geoengineering

Andy Parker's research focuses on the governance and politics of research into solar geoengineering. As a senior policy adviser in the Science Policy Centre, he led the (UK) Royal Society's work on geoengineering for four years, including the production of the 2009 report, Geoengineering the Climate, and the ongoing SRM Governance Initiative (SRMGI). He is a member of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity's expert working group on geoengineering and also worked on climate change and energy policy for the Royal Society. Previously, he researched and wrote on human security for the Canadian government and worked in home energy efficiency.

Andy has an M.Sc. in international policy analysis from the University of Bath and a B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Warwick (both UK).

Olga Rostapshova
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Post-doctoral fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research

Macintosh HD:Users:Olga:Dropbox:Personal:Photos official:Olga_photo_25Sept13.jpgResearch Topics: Climate Policy, international, State, local, and non-governmental initiatives, Technological innovation
Olga Rostapshova's research interests include climate change, environmental policy design, and impact evaluation of development programs in developing countries. Her previous work focused on community financing of public goods, small business development, modeling of non-point source pollution, energy portfolio optimization, the effects of uncertainty and irreversibility on the design and timing of environmental policy, and response to mega-catastrophic risks of climate change. Olga’s current research includes an impact evaluation of an air pollution abatement program in Mongolia, evaluating the environmental, health and economic effects of subsidized improved stoves in Ulan Bator; and an evaluation of a program to increase climate change resilience and reduce vulnerability in Guayas, Ecuador. Olga received a B.S. in Engineering and B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College, and a PhD in Public Policy at Harvard University. She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Morris K. Udall scholarship for the environment, U.S. Army Excellence in Science and Engineering award, National Institutes of Health biomedical fellowship and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Dissertation Fellowship award.

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Cristine Russell
Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program
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Cristine Russell is an award-winning freelance journalist who has written about science, health and the environment for more than three decades. She was a former national science reporter for The Washington Post and The Washington Star and is the current President of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, a group of distinguished journalists and scientists dedicated to improving science news coverage for the general public. Ms. Russell is also a past president of the National Association of Science Writers and a contributor to A Field Guide for Science Writers (2006). She serves on the boards of the USC Annenberg School for Communication, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Commonwealth Fund and Mills College. She is an honorary member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, and has a biology degree from Mills College. She was a Spring 2006 Fellow at the KSG Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Her research focuses on the future of science writing and how to improve news media coverage of controversial scientific issues, from climate change to avian flu. She is organizing workshops for reporters and scientists and planning a book on current controversies in science, health and the environment.

Nicholas Ryan
Ryan_Nicholas.bmpPost-doctoral Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS
Prize Fellow, Economics, History and Politics at Harvard
Research Topic: Regulation and pollution abatement in India/Determinants of pricing behavior in India’s wholesale electricity markets

Nicholas Ryan’s research interests are in environmental regulation and energy markets in developing countries. He has field experiments underway in India on how regulations of the private sector can best abate pollution at low social cost, and a structural study of the determinants of pricing behavior in India's nascent wholesale electricity markets. Nick is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Public-Private Partnerships to Promote Sustainable Development in India led by Professor Rohini Pande. He received his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012) and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors degree in Economics. He worked as a Research Associate in the Capital Markets group at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. His graduate work has been supported by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the Martin Fellowship for Sustainability at MIT, and an Early-Stage Researcher Fellowship from Actors, Markets, and Institutions in Developing Countries. His faculty hosts are Rohini Pande at Harvard and Michael Greenstone at MIT.

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Nidhi Santen
Santen photo.jpgPostdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group
Research Topic: Electricity Sector Policy Analysis and Planning

Nidhi Santen's research focuses on the interaction between the electric power sector, the environment, and policy. Specifically, she studies the trade-offs between different types of environmental and technology policies for air pollution management from the sector. During her doctoral studies and during the first year of her fellowship, she studied R&D and generation capacity investment planning under innovation uncertainty, with a goal of finding cost-effective means to mitigate cumulative carbon dioxide emissions from the sector. In her second year at HKS, she will be studying distribution level policy mechanisms to develop innovative ways of deploying various emerging electricity technologies.

Prior to receiving her doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she worked as an air pollution permitting specialist and federal climate policy associate for CPS Energy, San Antonio’s municipal electric utility. She has also held various science and policy intern and staff positions with NGOs in Washington, D.C., and Texas including Environmental Defense Fund, the Nature Conservancy, and the Alliance to Save Energy. In addition to her Ph.D., Nidhi holds an M.P.A. in Environmental Policy and M.S. in Atmospheric Science from Indiana University-Bloomington and a B.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Trisha Shrum
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Public Policy

Trisha Shrum's research interests include climate change mitigation and energy policy as seen through the disciplinary lenses of environmental and behavioral economics. She graduated from the University of Kansas with bachelor's degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Science and with a minor in Economics. She went on to work on climate change and energy policy as a research fellow at the Kansas Energy Council. Last spring, she graduated from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a Masters in Environmental Science.
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Morena Skalamera

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project
Research Topic: The Sino-Russian Gas Relationship and China’s disruptive rise in Energy and Geopolitics

Morena Skalamera recently completed her Ph.D in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Trieste. Her Ph.D. dissertation dealt with European-Russian energy cooperation and was funded by the International University Institute for European Studies (IUIES) with a grant to carry out research abroad. Her dissertation was primarily focused on understanding the lack of binding institutionalization of the EU-Russia energy relationship despite the high degree of interdependence between the two sides. She holds a B.A. and M.A. (summa cum laude) in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Trieste.

During her tenure at the Belfer Center, she will be conducting research on a new project: "The Sino-Russian Gas Relationship and China’s disruptive rise in Energy and Geopolitics." Her areas of expertise and interest include: energy cooperation between the EU and Russia, global energy governance, geopolitical and strategic issues arising from the unequal distribution of global energy resources (in particular, natural gas), the role of technological breakthroughs, the Sino-Russian energy cooperation and the making of the United States’ foreign and security policies

Anant Sudarshan
Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS
Research Topic: Design and evaluation of a pilot emissions trading program for Indian industry

sudarshanAnant Sudarshan works at the intersection of energy policy, behavioral science, environmental economics, and engineering. His research focuses on the design and evaluation of a pilot emissions trading program for Indian industry that has the support of India’s Ministry for Environment and Forests. Anant is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Public-Private Partnerships to Promote Sustainable Development in India led by Professor Rohini Pande. His other research evaluates the impact of energy standards on the Indian appliance market, studies the health costs from local air pollution, and seeks to quantify how different incentive structures - both financial and behavioral - can be used to change household energy behaviors. He holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) and Stanford University respectively. He received his PhD in Management Science and Engineering, focusing on energy economics, from Stanford University (2011). His doctoral research explored the determinants of residential energy consumption and the role California efficiency policies had in reducing energy intensity in the state. He has carried out field trials to understand the effects of providing real time electricity consumption feedback to households. His faculty host is Rohini Pande.

Anish Sugathan
sugathanGiorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS
Research Topic: Evaluation and design of emission control policies for the Indian power sector

Anish Sugathan’s research interest is in the area of institutional reforms and economic governance enabling sustainable development, specifically in energy policy, environmental regulation and electricity sector in India. His research focuses on the evaluation and design of emission control policies for the Indian power sector. Anish is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Public-Private Partnerships to Promote Sustainable Development in India led by Professor Rohini Pande. He has contributed to collaborative projects on techno-economic evaluation of uranium supply-chain at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, has developed labor migration models for India at the Centre for Development Studies, and has worked on the indigenous design and development of several power generation and emission abatement technologies while working as a research engineer at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. He holds an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Kerala. He is a Fellow (Ph.D.) of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore in the area of Corporate Strategy and Policy and a recipient of a SAP Labs India scholarship supporting doctoral studies. His doctoral research assessed firm-level productivity changes in the Indian power sector following deregulation and explores the influence of quality of institutions on corporate governance practices in India.His faculty host is Rohini Pande.

Kavita Surana
Fellow, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS
Research Topic: Energy innovation institutions

Surana photo.jpgKavita Surana’s research focuses on understanding factors that influence successful innovation institutions in energy and beyond and on quantifying the role of government policies in promoting technology innovation in various countries.

Kavita comes with diverse experience in bringing together technology, markets, policy and associated deployment. Before joining the Belfer Center, she worked as a power and energy sector consultant with ICF International and interned with a leading renewable energy development organization.

Kavita earned a Ph.D. from the University of Grenoble, France in Materials Science, while working at the French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA). She completed her M.S. in Materials Science with a joint European Commission degree on an Erasmus

Richard Sweeney
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Ph.D. Student in Public Policy

Richard Sweeney’s interests typically lie at the intersection of environmental economics and energy policy. He graduated from Boston College in 2004 with a B.S. in Economics and Political Science and then studied post-Communist transition at C.E.R.G.E. in the Czech Republic on a Fulbright scholarship. Rich also spent two years as a research assistant at Resources for the Future, where his research involved electricity regulation, climate policy design and the economics of renewable energy.

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Dmitry Taubinsky 
Fellow, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
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Dmitry Taubinsky’s research interests are in behavioral economics, specifically, social preferences, time discounting, and market implications of consumer biases. Using a combination of theory, lab experiments, and field experiments, Dmitry works on topics such as optimal taxation when consumers are inattentive to energy costs and the structure of social norms governing public goods provision and other social interactions. He obtained his B.A. in applied mathematics from Harvard in 2009.

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Haikun Wang
Visiting Scholar, Harvard China Project
Associate Professor, School of Environment, Nanjing University
Research Topics: Local and regional emission inventories for China, on-road vehicle emissions and uncertainty, and associated health benefits

Haikun Wang, a professor in the Nanjing University School of Environment who received his Ph.D. at Tsinghua University, analyzes energy consumption and its related impacts on GHG emissions, air pollution, and human health at multiple spatial scales in China, with particular emphasis on urban areas. He is also researching regional climate change and adaptation in China.

Charles Willis
Environmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment
Research Topic: How climate change will affect continental scale patterns of biodiversity and phylogenetic diversity in North America

willis photo.jpgCharles G. Willis is an evolutionary ecologist interested in the impacts of climate change on plant biodiversity in North America.

During his two-year fellowship, Charlie is working with Charles Davis of Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology to explore how climate change will affect continental scale patterns of biodiversity and phylogenetic diversity in North America. His work incorporates a large-scale climatic niche modeling effort to assess which plant species will be winners and losers under future climate change scenarios, and whether these species are concentrated in specific branches of the tree of life.

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Di Xia
Pre-doctoral Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS
Research topic: Government roles in developing renewable energy industries

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Besides being a pre-doctoral research fellow, Di XIA is a research fellow in the Center for Science, Technology & Education Policy at Tsinghua University and a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University. Her research interests are renewable energy policy, science and technology policy. Di’s dissertation explores government roles in developing renewable energy industry, taking China photovoltaic industry as an example. In addition to her dissertation research, Di has interest in innovation policy study in China.

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Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS
Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HKS
Research topic: Energy efficiency and sustainability through innovation in the built environment

Xiaoqi Xu received her PhD from Columbia University and focuses her research on energy efficiency and sustainability through innovation in the built environment, with particular emphasis on human-environment interactions. She is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Sustainable Energy Development in China.

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Chao Zhang
zhangGiorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, HKS
Research Topic: The energy-water nexus in China

Chao Zhang’s research focuses on environmental policy assessment and the role of technologies in achieving sustainability, with emphasis on the application of modeling tools and environmental system analysis methods. Based in China, Chao is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Sustainable Energy Development in China led by Professor Henry Lee. He received both his PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering (2012) and Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering (2007) from Tsinghua University. For his PhD dissertation he developed a coupled bottom-up and top-down model to evaluate water pollution reduction potentials in China’s key industries and to simulate the economic and social impacts of alternative water pollution control policies. This research was jointly supported by several projects on environmental technology assessment and policy evaluation funded by the National Science Foundation, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, and China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. His faculty host is Henry Lee.

Ning Zhang
Visiting Fellow, Harvard China Project
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University
Research Topic: Coupling wind power with pumped hydro storage in western Inner Mongolia

Ning Zhang, who received his Ph.D. from Tsinghua University, focuses on two areas of research. He investigates power systems that feature large-scale wind generation capacities, including modeling and simulating stochastic behavior of wind and wind power, and the planning of generation and transmission expansions to incorporate wind power at large scales. He also researches general power system planning and operations under uncertainty, including modeling uncertainty and risk assessment, stochastic load flow analysis, long-term simulation of power system operations, and risk-based unit commitment and economic dispatch.

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