Faculty Research

Debbie Bleviss—Drawing on her experience in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency and transportation, particularly in developing countries, Professor Bleviss has focused on the challenge of facilitating joint technology development between developed countries, with an established R&D base and emerging countries, where energy growth needs will be most acute and which are beginning to develop a credible R&D base. Through collaboration with Dipankar Chakravarti at the Carey Business School, she is developing a context for why such collaboration is critical for both developed and developing countries and defining pathways where such collaboration can actually occur.

Celeste Connors—Leveraging over a decade of experience working at the intersection of economic, sustainable development, climate change, environment, and clean energy policy as a diplomat in the US Foreign Service, and at the National Security Council and National Economic Council, Professor Connors’ areas of active inquiry cover the post-2015 development agenda and risk mitigation, including her role supervising a Practicum team exploring resilience and risk management strategies with Swiss RE, a leading reinsurance company, in advance of the expiration of key provisions of the US-Canada Columbia River Basin Treaty.

Jonathan Haskett—Building on his earlier work in coupling sustainable development with climate change adaptation and mitigation, Professor Haskett is working on innovative adaptation strategies for vulnerable rural populations in the Sahel, one of the most challenging environments, already confronted with the negative impacts of climate change. Professor Haskett’s work encompasses research on the specific implementation of highly effective techniques, such as in agroforestry, and their insertion into the larger policy dialogue of strategies to deal with this vulnerable region.

Irving Mintzer—As mentioned earlier, building on the innovative work that David Jhirad initiated in ERE, Professor Mintzer is further developing the program funded by Rockefeller Foundation to use distributed renewable energy generation to alleviate energy poverty in rural India while mobilizing innovative financial instruments at the scale likely to have a high level impact. Moving forward with this work, Professor Mintzer is exploring the potential for a similar approach to be implemented in sub-Saharan Africa.

Robert Thompson—An internationally recognized authority on issues of food security and the challenges facing agriculture going forward in a resource constrained world, Professor Thompson is currently a member of the Working Group convened under the Global Food Ethics Project. The aim of the project is to bring together an inter-disciplinary team of experts in food, bioethics and public health to create and build an ethical framework that can help to address the core challenges presented by the need to feed an expanding human population in a resource-constrained world.