A Model for the Political Dynamics of Energy Transitions
UC Berkeley, ERG
RAEL Lab Meeting
12 — 1 pm, 18 November 2015
310 Barrows Hall, Room 323
Climate change mitigation requires sustainable energy transitions, but their political dynamics are poorly understood. We develop a general dynamic model of renewable energy policy with long time horizons, endogenous electoral competition, and techno-political path dependence. The model uncovers transition dynamics not present in economy-energy models, which ignore politics, or in formal political economy models, which ignore long-term technological dynamics. We are now preparing to expand our model, and looking for input to clarify the questions it can address and make its assumptions more realistic.
James received his PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University. He previously taught assorted seminars at MIT’s Experimental Study Group and electrical engineering at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Before his Ph.D., he worked as a software developer, working with over a dozen companies on signal processing, social networks, and artificial intelligence. His research is focused on the feedback loops between environmental and human systems, with a particular interest in complexity in the food system, and how policy leverage points play out spatially and dynamically.