My research focuses on central questions in (i) international cooperation, (ii) the political economy of carbon markets, and (iii) environmental and energy politics. I am particularly interested in developing theories and empirical tests of how domestic politics affects finding solutions to global (collective action) problems. I use formal/mathematical models to build theoretical arguments and apply quantitative statistical methods to test these theories against real world data. I have a strong interest in using statistics for evidence-based analysis that can inform policy-making.

Building on my research on international climate agreements, current work investigates the strategic interaction of (multinational) firms and governments in the context of costly environmental regulation under the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme, non-cooperation cost in multilateral agreements, and the role of scientific advisory bodies for international cooperation.

In collaborative work, together with Michaël Aklin (Pittsburgh), S.P. Harish (College of William & Mary), and Johannes Urpelainen (Johns Hopkins SAIS), I have been working on an impact assessment study of solar microgrids in rural India as well as a book manuscript on energy poverty. New additions to my research agenda include a project on shale gas politics in the U.S. with Alex Ovodenko (US Department of Energy), several methodological and substantive papers with Michaël Aklin (Pittsburgh) on assessing policy effectiveness, and a research project on climate pledges with Federica Genovese (Essex).

My work has been published in outlets such as Science Advances, Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Review of International Organizations, Ecological Economics, and Global Environmental Change. I have written blog posts for The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, the Energy Collective, Ideas for India, VoxDev, and my work has been covered by, e.g., The Economist.

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