2021 Participants


Special Interview

Andrew Light
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, US Department of Energy
University Professor, George Mason University
with Kian-Mintz Woo

Corporation and State

Thea Riofrancos (Providence College)
The Security-Sustainability Nexus: Statecraft, Capital, and Protest Along the Global Lithium Frontier

Melissa Cuevas Flores (Humboldt Foundation/adelphi)
Key Characteristics and Blueprints of Innovative Financing Mechanisms in Adaptation Financing

Matto Mildenberger (University of California, Santa Barbara)
How Campaign Contributions Distort the Climate Attitudes of Elected Officials

Jared Finnegan (University of California, Berkeley)Jonas Meckling (University of California, Berkeley)
Corporate Governance, Time Horizons, and the Climate Policy Preferences of Firms

Fergus Green (London School of Economics & Political Science) Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht University)
Seize the Means of Decarbonization! The Case for Public Ownership of Fossil Fuel Companies

Emmy Wassenius (Stockholm University)
Portfolio Diversification of Earth System Risks

Angel Hsu (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
From Net-Zero to Net-Hero: Examining Net-Zero Credibility in Corporate and Subnational Actors

Alexandre Gajevic Sayegh (Université Laval)
The Energy Transition: Market Trends and Political Decisions

Paasha Mahdavi (University of California, Santa Barbara) & Alexandra Gillies (Natural Resource Governance Institute)
The Fox in the Henhouse: Why Oil Nationalization Won’t Help Accelerate Decarbonization

Evidence from Publics and Policy-makers

Weila Gong (Technical University of Munich/University of Pittsburgh)
How Local Governments Sustain Policy Experiments After a Turnover in Local Leadership: Bureaucratic Entrepreneurship and Resource Mobilization in China’s Low-Carbon Policy Experimentation

S. Duygu Sever (Koç University)
Climate Change and Nuclear Energy: Dilemmas in Political Willingness and Financial Burden from Stakeholder Perspectives

Pooja Ramamurthi (Princeton)
Understanding Policymaker and Public Perspectives of India’s Energy Transition

Jesse Strecker (University of California, Berkeley)
What do Labor Unions Want from Climate Policy Making Processes? And How do Unions Turn These Preferences into Strategies?

Aseem Mahajan (Harvard)
The Politics of Climate Adaptation: Evidence from Massachusetts’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program

Ideals and Reality

Stephen Gardiner (University of Washington)
Pareto Improvements, Intergenerational Climate Extortion, and Making the Grandchildren Pay?

Simon Caney (University of Warwick)
Political Feasibility and Political Responsibility: Integrating Political Philosophy and Political Science

Louis Daumas (Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnement et le Développement) Mathilde Salin (École normale supérieure, Paris)
A Climate Bad Bank to Govern Climate Stranded Assets?

John Broome (Oxford)
Self-Interest Against Climate Change

Jessica Green (University of Toronto)
The Climate Establishment: Regulatory Capture in the Global Climate Regime

Jeff Colgan (Brown)
Climate, Grand Strategy, and International Order

Nikhar Gaikwad (Columbia) Federica Genovese (University of Essex) Dustin Tingley (Harvard)
Climate Action from Abroad: The Determinants of Mass Support for Cross-Border Climate Compensation

Alyssa Bernstein (Ohio University)
The Case for a World Climate Bank: Questions of Economic Theory, Ethics, and Justice

Abiodun Afolabi (Rhodes University)
Wading through Vested Interests for a Just Global Climate Finance and Politics

Aaron James (University of California Irvine)
The Moral Necessity of Climate Efficiency

Policy Tools

Paul Kelleher (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
What’s Next for the U.S. Social Cost of Carbon?

Nicolas Choquette-Levy (Princeton) & Matthias Wildemeersch (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)
Can Smallholder Farmer Risk-Sharing Mechanisms Co-Exist with Formal Climate Insurance?

Laura Kuhl (Northeastern)
Nature-based Solutions for Climate Adaptation: Transformational Potential in Developing Countries

Laura G. Elsler (Stockholm University)
Protecting marine species through climate governance

Joe Lane (Princeton) Kian Mintz-Woo (University College Cork)
How Much Carbon Capture and Storage Should We Pursue?

Ishana Ratan (University of California, Berkeley)
One Size Doesn’t FiT All: Domestic Politics and Investment in the Solar Industry

Frank Errickson (Princeton)
Progressive Revenue Recycling can Alleviate Poverty, Reduce Inequality, and Improve Wellbeing While Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change

Alexander Gard-Murray (Harvard)
The Political Inefficiency of Carbon Pricing


Rebecca Henderson (Harvard)

Rachel Kyte (Tufts)



The Climate Futures Workshop 2021 is sponsored by the Climate Futures Initiative, the High Meadows Environmental Institute, and the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

Organizing Committee

Advisory Committee

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