Because the world faces a complex set of interrelated technological and environmental challenges, the Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory (CEPL) draws on a broad scope of researchers and collaborators from institutions around the world. The CEPL team of faculty and students develops and applies public policy theory in quantitative analysis informed by political, economic, and organizational concepts. All of the CEPL graduate research assistants focus on environmental and energy policy as a major and choose minor areas either within the School of Public Policy or from other offerings across campus.
CEPL draws on a broad array of theories, concepts, and models to evaluate climate and energy policy solutions. CEPL’s research mainly focuses on the economic, social, and cost-benefit analysis of climate and energy policy options. We are one of only a few research institutions that has a depth of experience using energy system modeling through GT-NEMS, Excel, Python, Input-output analysis, R Studio, STATA statistical software, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). We emphasize strong data analytics, leadership, visualization, and communication skills that are honed by professional experiences in teaching and work experiences in energy and climate policy fields.