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Quantification of Governance Problems in Energy Conflict
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Bird
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences

This research project addresses policy and governance problems in energy conflict with a focus on North America. There will be an emphasis on social acceptance of, and public confidence in, energy markets, development, operation, and regulation. The appropriate approach and development of fossil based and clean energy development is a critical concern in the developed and developing worlds. Climate change, changing markets, and the emergence of major new energy sources and technologies make the question of how societies decide to resolve energy conflict more important than ever. Research activities will include fieldwork and data analytics for case studies of both successful and contentious energy developments in a variety of different energy contexts (e.g., wind farms, pipelines, transmission lines).r.