Abstract

The first priority for governments in managing the COVID-19 crisis is the health of their citizens. However, the implementation of restrictions on activity necessary for limiting the spread of the disease has caused the greatest global recession since the Great Depression. Many governments are considering how to support citizens’ livelihoods and stimulate economies hit hard by the disease.

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Nicholas Howarth

Nicholas Howarth

Former Research Fellow Nicholas is an applied economist specializing in economic growth, energy and natural resource and environmental economics. He was leading KAPSARC… Nicholas is an applied economist specializing in economic growth, energy and natural resource and environmental economics. He was leading KAPSARC research on energy productivity and is a subject matter expert on energy efficiency, industrial strategy and energy pricing with KAPSARC Advisory. He has received several awards for his published work, including recognition for his first book on carbon markets by the American benchmarking journal Choice as a top 25 academic publication in the category of economics in 2010. Nicholas is an experienced policy advisory, thought leader and project manager with strengths in interdisciplinary issues and applied policy gained from working as a ministerial adviser in Australia and in a variety of international roles. He is also an experienced lecturer and public speaker on energy productivity, green growth and sustainable development and has presented work at a range of technical and policy fora including meetings of the International Association of Energy Economists and in support of the G20 Energy and Sustainability Working Group and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals processes.

Moncef Krarti

Moncef Krarti

Former Visiting Researcher Moncef was a visiting researcher with over 30 years of experience in designing, testing, and assessing innovative energy efficiency and… Moncef was a visiting researcher with over 30 years of experience in designing, testing, and assessing innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies applied to buildings. He is a professor and a coordinator of the Building Systems Program, Civil, Environment and Architectural Department at the University of Colorado.

Thamir Alshehri

Senior Research Associate Thamir is a senior research associate in the Energy Transitions and Electric Power program, currently focused on creating data-driven tools to… Thamir is a senior research associate in the Energy Transitions and Electric Power program, currently focused on creating data-driven tools to identify and evaluate different energy market scenarios, as well as using “big data” technologies to better understand the impact of behavior and the environment on energy consumption. Thamer is interested in using technologies to facilitate better energy public policy and energy economical systems. He previously worked as a lecturer in Australia and also has entrepreneurial and industrial experience working on award-winning projects such as the Burj Khalifah Building Management System.

Expertise

  • Demand side management
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy monitoring
  • Consumer behavior
  • Smart meters
  • Intelligent systems
  • Energy management systems
  • Big data
  • Smart grid
  • Agent-based modeling and machine learning

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Eric Williams

Research Fellow Eric has over 20 years of experience as an energy and environmental economist focusing on energy and climate change policy,… Eric has over 20 years of experience as an energy and environmental economist focusing on energy and climate change policy, energy systems analysis, and climate change mitigation and adaptation options.   Eric is currently managing the writing and publication of a series of reports on Circular Carbon Economy to be delivered to the G20 this year.  The reports are written by International Organizations, including the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), and the Global CCS Institute (GCCSI).  Eric was previously acting Program Director for the Climate Change and Environment program at KAPSARC.  Before joining KAPSARC, Eric worked as an economist with the North Carolina Utilities Commission and was a consultant at the OECD.  Eric has previously worked in the United Nations, academic research institutes, think tanks, and government.

Expertise

  • Climate change
  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewables

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Mohammad Aldubyan

Research Associate Mohammad is a researcher in KAPSARC’s Climate and Environment program. His research focuses on energy efficiency and energy demand. He… Mohammad is a researcher in KAPSARC’s Climate and Environment program. His research focuses on energy efficiency and energy demand. He is currently leading the ‘Residential’ Energy Model (REEM) that simulates residential energy demand and estimates the impact of energy efficiency programs in Saudi Arabia’s housing sector. He is also part of a project modeling energy demand in Saudi Arabia and estimating the economic impacts of energy price reforms. Mohammad holds an M.Sc. in renewable and clean energy from the University of Dayton, Ohio.

Expertise

  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy demand and price reforms

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Jan Frederik Braun

Research Fellow Before joining KAPSARC as a research fellow, Jan worked as a strategic energy analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic… Before joining KAPSARC as a research fellow, Jan worked as a strategic energy analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. Jan has also held various positions in climate and energy policy in the Dutch and German environment ministries, the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Germany, Bonn office  Jan has worked on topics such as energy research and development financing, renewable energy and climate change governance and the geopolitics of energy transition.  Jan holds an MA in International Relations from Durham University as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science & Economics (magna cum laude) from Osnabrück University. Jan obtained his Ph.D. in the Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellowship Program of the European Union.

Expertise

  • Energy Economics and Geopolitics
  • Climate Change Governance
  • Sustainable Development
  • Renewable Energy Technologies and Policy.

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Elizabeth Carey

Elizabeth Carey

Former Senior Research Associate Elizabeth was a senior research associate at KAPSARC focused on climate change policy and governance in a post-Paris world, with… Elizabeth was a senior research associate at KAPSARC focused on climate change policy and governance in a post-Paris world, with a particular emphasis on the UNFCCC process and low-carbon policy. Prior to joining KAPSARC she worked as a researcher and public affairs professional for international organizations, think tanks and governments, and has consulted for Electricite de France. Elizabeth was New Zealand’s energy advisor at the IEA and spent several years in Paris with a French think tank as an energy, climate and environment analyst.

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