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RAEL Lunch Seminar Presents: James Rising — Nov 18

November 18, 2015 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm

A Model for the Polit­i­cal Dynam­ics of Energy Transitions

James Ris­ing

Post­doc­toral Fellow

UC Berke­ley, ERG

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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.


November 18, 2015
12:00 am - 1:00 pm


323 Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720
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Energy & Resources Group
310 Barrows Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3050
Phone: (510) 642-1640
Fax: (510) 642-1085
Email: ergdeskb@berkeley.edu


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