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Research community on communicating uncertainty talk on renewable energy policy

Johannes Urpelainen, an assistant professor of political science at Columbia University, will speak on “Path Dependence, Political Competition, and Renewable Energy Policy: A Dynamic Model,” on Wednesday, February 16, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., in 219 Aaron Burr Hall at Princeton University.  Francis Dennig, a postdoctoral research associate with Princeton’s Program in Science Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP/WWS) and the University Center for Human Values will serve as commentator.

The seminar is presented by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies’ (PIIRS) research community on Communicating Uncertainty: Science, Institutions, and Ethics in the Politics of Global Climate Change.  

**Seminar papers are available to anyone with a Princeton Net ID online. Others wishing to attend should contact Caitlin Daley 609-258-5467.**

 Urpelainen’s research focuses on international cooperation and institutions with a particular focus on global environmental politics. He has published widely on the problems of enforcement and participation in international institutions.

Dennig is an economist. His research reevaluates standard tenets of welfare economics in light of the demands of climate policy. In particular, he examines the effect of uncertainty on optimal emission abatement policy and the effect of policy on the intergenerational distribution of welfare.  Ph.D. University of Oxford.

The research community on Communicating Uncertainty: Science, Institutions, and Ethics in the Politics of Global Climate Change, is codirected by Marc Fleurbaey, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values; Robert Keohane, professor of international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Melissa Lane, professor of politics and director of the Program in Values and Public Life; Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs and director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Stephen Pacala, Fredrick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, director of the Princeton Environmental Institute, and co-principal investigator of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative; Harold Shapiro, president emeritus of Princeton University, and professor of economics and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and Robert Socolow is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and co-principal investigator of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative.

For more information contact Kathleen Allen, kballen@princeton.edu or 609-258-5078.