Jones Seminar: Building foundations for shaping energy systems

Elizabeth Wilson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Director, Irving Institute for Energy and Society at Dartmouth

Friday, April 20, 2018, 3:30–4:30pm

Rm. 100 (Spanos Auditorium), Cummings Hall

The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society and the Dartmouth Energy Collaborative

Energy use has transformed modern society and new risks, demands, and innovations are driving system changes across multiple contexts. Climate and weather risks affect resources and infrastructure, distributed energy resources and microgrids provide opportunities for local energy production and resilience, geopolitical and cyber security challenges highlight interconnected system vulnerabilities, new markets and business models shape system value, and legacy regulatory and institutional structures embed past logics in future development trajectories. Identifying new opportunities and risks requires deep interdisciplinary knowledge which spans technical, economic, legal, historical and cultural environments. Creating an energy and society institute which focuses on contexts for energy system transformation and problems shaping trajectories future systems provides opportunities for cross-campus collaborations and engagement with local, national and international practitioners while challenging traditional disciplinary boundaries. Please come and share your thoughts on how best to do this at Dartmouth.

About the Speaker

Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson is a Professor of Environmental Studies and the inaugural Director of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society.  She studies how energy systems are changing in the face of new technologies and new societal pressures. Her work focuses on the implementation of energy and environmental policies and laws in practice. She studies how institutions support and thwart energy system transitions and focuses on the interplays between technology innovation, policy creation, and institutional decision making.

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