Today, I started teaching my Global Environmental Politics class at the University of Glasgow, for 3rd/4th year undergraduate students. My syllabus is available here and from the Teaching tab. I took great inspiration from a recent threat on teaching environmental politics from The Duck of Minerva blog. The original posts and a compilation of course guides can be found here.
Following up on our publication in The Journal of Politics, my co-author and I wrote a blog post about recent political developments in German renewable energy policy. Germany has started to abandon feed-in tariffs with auctions for renewable energy production. We argue that, notwithstanding open questions of auction design, this is the right move as it allows the government better targeting and promises to keep electricity retail prices for households at bay. While the exact benefits remain to be seen, a recent IRENA report suggests that auctions come with efficiency gains. The full blog post titled “Beyond Growing Pains: Germany’s New Normal in Renewable Energy Policy” can be found here. Of course, we’re happy about questions, likes, and shares.
I am delighted to have been selected for the “Glasgow Crucible,” the University of Glasgow’s leadership and development program to support motivated early career researchers. The main goal of this series of workshops is to learn how to be bolder and more ambitious in funding apps and publications but also to professionalize one’s knowledge exchange, impact, and scholarship agendas. Anyways, I look forward to being a part of this! More information is here.
My research about renewables investments and why governments are loving it was featured at Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. The research is based on our forthcoming Journal of Politics piece with the title “It’s All about Political Incentives: Demcracy and the Renewable Feed-in Tariff.”