Johns Hopkins SAIS expert available to discuss energy policy reforms and governance

Emerging economies are critical to addressing the threat of climate disruption, according to a new paper by Johannes Urpelainen, the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment and Founding Director of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Dr. Urpelainen argues in “RISE to the occasion? A critique of the World Bank’s Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy” that the World Bank – as well as other multilateral agencies – should recognize the challenges these governments face and support pragmatic energy policy reforms.
“Dealing with climate change is impossible, unless sustainable energy can fuel economic growth in emerging countries,” Dr. Urpelainen said. “The World Bank should recognize the challenges that these countries face and adopt a flexible, pragmatic approach to energy policy reform.”
Dr. Urpelainen is available to further discuss:

  • What can the World Bank do to deal with the pressing problem of energy poverty?
  • Does it make sense to rank countries based on their sustainable energy policies?
  • Can emerging economies – like India – contribute to climate cooperation, given they do not have enough energy for economic growth?
  • What did emerging economies demand from industrialized countries at the ongoing Bonn climate negotiations?
  • How does U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies shape global climate cooperation?

Urpelainen has authored several books including the forthcoming Renewables: The Politics of a Global Energy Transition (MIT Press, January 2018) and more than 100 articles on environmental politics, energy policy, and global governance. His research focuses on environmental policy, energy poverty, and international cooperation, and international institutions with a goal to find effective solutions to crises of sustainability at the global, national, and local levels.
Media Contacts
Johannes Urpelainen
Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP)
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Johns Hopkins SAIS
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About The Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy
The Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) at Johns Hopkins SAIS is an interdisciplinary research program designed to offer innovative policy recommendations for emerging economies geared toward a sustainable future. Based on cutting-edge social science, ISEP will offer pragmatic policy options to help governments pursue their development priorities at minimal economic and environmental costs.
For more information, visit or @sais_isep
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For nearly 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
For more information, visit or @SAISHopkins

Friday, November 17, 2017