The Future of International Climate Policy
Join the International Studies Leadership Council in a conversation with various experts in the fields of climate science and climate policy to create a picture of what global climate initiatives and policies will look like in the coming years and decades. After a conversation moderated by Committee Chair Alanna Marguiles and International Studies sophomore Celia Lane, the second half of the event will open up to questions from the audience.
The panelists include:
- Johannes Urpelainen: Director and professor of energy, resources, and environment at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Urpelainen is the award-winning author of four books and over a hundred refereed articles on environmental politics, energy policy, and global governance. He teaches action-oriented classes on energy and environmental policy to equip the next generation of global leaders with deep knowledge, advanced analytical skills — and a passion for transformational social change. As one of the world's top energy policy experts, Urpelainen frequently advises governments, international organizations, and the private sector on energy and environment. As the founding director of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy, Urpelainen is responsible for the vision, strategy, and general management of the initiative. His work under the institute offers pragmatic but effective approaches to providing the world's population with affordable and abundant energy at minimal environmental impact.
- Benjamin Zaitchik: Associate professor in the Johns Hopkins University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, his research addresses hydroclimatic variability across a range of spatial and temporal scales. This includes work on fundamental atmospheric and hydrological processes as well as applications to water resources, agriculture, energy, and human health. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Zaitchik was a research associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State.
- Matthew Kahn: A distinguished professor of economics and business at Johns Hopkins University and the director of Johns Hopkins's 21st Century Cities Initiative, he is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at IZA. He has taught at Columbia, the Fletcher School at Tufts University, UCLA, and USC. He has served as a visiting professor at Harvard and Stanford and as a distinguished visiting professor at the National University of Singapore. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and the London School of Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is the author of Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment (Brookings Institution Press, 2006) and the co-author (joint with Dora L. Costa) of Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War (Princeton University Press, 2009). He is also the author of Climatopolis (Basic Books, 2010) and Blue Skies over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China (joint with Siqi Zheng, Princeton Press, 2016). He has also published three other Amazon Kindle books on urban economics and microeconomics. His research focuses on urban and environmental economics.
Who can attend?
- General public