The research agenda focuses on understanding the nature and implications of future energy and economy transitions, and analyzing strategies to protect the local, regional and global atmosphere, human health and the environment while imposing least burden on economic development.
The provision of adequate energy and environmental services is a precondition for socioeconomic development and human well-being. Yet, present energy systems face a number of major challenges, which need to be addressed urgently and simultaneously. These range from the lack of access to modern energy in impoverished parts of the world to environmental problems of climate change and air pollution as well as concerns with respect to security and resilience of present systems. The systematic assessment of the economic and environmental synergies between air pollution control and mitigation of global warming could point the way towards effective and viable approaches for attaining sustainability objectives and maintaining economic prosperity.
Taking a system’s perspective, the ECE Program has pioneered the application of new methodologies in the areas of integrated assessment, spatial and behavioral heterogeneity, multi-criteria analysis, technology assessments, emissions impacts over atmospheric interaction, health, and the natural environment, exploring uncertainty and risk analysis. These methodologies are used in systematic and holistic policy-scenario studies to assess the costs and benefits of the energy and societal transformations.
ECE's research activities combine solution-oriented and policy-relevant research with exploratory and empirical analysis. The main areas of research comprise:
YSSP applications should be related to at least one of these fields. More specifically, ECE is looking for YSSP applicants interested in working on the following topics:
This list is not meant to be exhaustive and applicants are encouraged to suggest other research topics for the YSSP that fit into the ECE Program’s research agenda.
The MESSAGE model and the GAINS model stand at the core of ECE’s modeling framework - developed respectively for medium- to long-term energy system planning, energy policy analysis, and for studying the whole impact pathway chain from emissions over atmospheric interaction, transmission, deposition and exposure to impacts on human health, the natural environment and the climate.
For candidates interested in applying to be a YSSP in the ECE Program, please read all the information, the conditions and eligibility and the FAQs. Furthermore, familiarize yourself with recent publications from the group to help guide your proposal development.
Last edited: 06 October 2021
Senior Research Scholar Pollution Management Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program
Senior Research Scholar Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program
Researcher Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program
Researcher Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program
Pollution Management (PM)
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