Dynamic Voices in Global Development with Clark Miller

Energy Transitions: Challenges and Opportunities for the Development Project

Feb. 18, 2020
12–1:30 p.m.
Tempe campus
COOR Room 5536

Over the next two decades, the world will make a profound change to global energy systems. The transition to carbon-neutrality is not simply a technology change. It entails, in the words of Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest financial asset manager, “a significant reallocation of capital” in global markets and, in the words of Frans Timmermans, the Executive Vice President of the European Commission, “transformational” societal change of a “tectonic nature.” The transformational economic, social, and technological changes anticipated will bring both significant challenges and opportunities for developing countries and, more generally, for the project of development. This talk will highlight both and offer thoughts on three major elements of the energy transition that are likely to impact developing countries: the sourcing of energy resources in developing countries, the transition of national energy systems in developing countries toward carbon neutrality and the provision of electricity to low-income and rural communities that currently do not have robust access to modern energy services

Clark A. Miller received his BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois (1990) and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University (1995). From 1995–1999, he held postdoctoral positions in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has previously held faculty positions at Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for six years in the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, the Robert and Jean Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
Clark A. Miller's research focuses on processes of scientific and technological change in the US and around the globe. He writes about the design and critical analysis of knowledge systems in support of US and global policymaking, about the governance challenges posed by new and emerging technologies, and about the social sustainability of transitions in complex, large-scale, socio-technological systems. He has published numerous articles on science and technology policy, studies of science and democracy, international relations, and energy policy. He currently leads a major research effort focused on the social drivers, dynamics, and consequences of energy system change.

Cindy Dick
Feb 18 2020 - 12:00pm
COOR Room 5536
Tempe campus