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International Development

International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Recent Events

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The New U.S. Role in Global Fossil Fuel Markets

December 11, 2012

As recently as 2007, the United States seemed headed towards ever greater fossil fuel import dependence, as domestic oil and natural gas production dwindled and consumption continued to grow.

Energy Working Group: Shale Gas in China: Hype and Reality

May 9, 2012

In recent years, natural gas prices in the United States have gone from historic highs of over $12 per mmBtu in the summer of 2008, to under $2.50/mmBtu in 2012.

Use of Improved Biomass Stoves in Karnataka and Maharashtra States, India: Understanding Factors Affecting Widespread Adoption

February 24, 2012

Burning of biomass in traditional stoves is associated with a host of ills among an estimated 2.5 billion people around the world, even though cleaner and more efficient technologies exist that...

National Oil Companies and the World Oil Market: Should We Be Worried?

February 7, 2012

State-owned oil and natural gas companies, such as Saudi Aramco, Petróleos de Venezuela and China National Petroleum Corp., own 73 percent of the world's oil reserves and 68 percent of its natural...

Chatham House: National Oil Companies and the Future of the Oil and Gas Industry

December 12, 2011

This event marks the UK release of a new book, Oil and Governance: State-owned Enterprises and the World Energy Supply (CUP), from the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford...

China in the Global Manufacturing Ecosystem

November 30, 2011

PESD associate director Mark Thurber addressed MBA students in the Stanford-Tsinghua Exchange Program (http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/cgbe/globalexperiences/step.html) on the global manufacturing...

Energy Working Group: Supply Function Equilibrium and its Policy Implications for Wholesale Electricity Markets

November 4, 2011

PESD visiting scholar Pär Holmberg from the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm led this Energy Working Group talk.

Transmission Policies to Unlock America's Renewable Energy Resources

September 15, 2011

On behalf of PESD, Stanford co-hosts PIE, TomKat, and SIEPR, and external sponsors Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and the Kauffman Foundation, convened an all-day conference on September 15 on ...

California's Carbon Policy –2011 Silicon Valley Energy Summit

June 24, 2011

Richard Morse joined Michael Gibbs of the Cal EPA and Larry Goulder and Jim Sweeny of Stanford to discuss key issues in California’s carbon market and remaining challenges at the 2011 Silicon...

Addressing the 'Coal Renaissance' in a Post-Kyoto World

June 13, 2011

On Monday, June 13, 2011 at 4:15 p.m.

Energy Working Group: Modeling the World Steam Coal Market: To What Extent Does China Exercise Monopsony Power?

February 16, 2011

This EWG talk will highlight PESD's first analysis using our new coal model by demonstrating how it can be used to analyze the effects of China's import behavior on world thermal coal consumption....

Energy Working Group: China's Shifting Priorities and 12th Five-Year Plan

January 12, 2011

"Shifting Priorities: Energy, Efficiency, and Sustainability in China's 12th Five-Year Plan"

Prospects and Bottlenecks for Clean Energy Cooperation

October 25, 2010

The Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies and the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA) will host a seminar on the potential areas of cooperation between the U.S., Japan, and...

Energy Working Group: Heidi Hjaernet on the Petroleum Sector Management in Azerbaijan

October 19, 2010

Heidi Kjærnet will be presenting her paper "Petroleum sector management in Azerbaijan: A case study of the national oil company SOCAR".

Climate Policy Instruments in the Real World

September 7, 2010

The Program on Energy and Sustainable Development in collaboration with Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School hosted a special conference on Climate Policy...

Guanghua Leadership Institute: City Leader Program

September 7, 2010

PESD Director Frank A. Wolak presented in the Guanghua Leadership Institute's 2010 City Leader Program.

The Missing Link: Constructing a Dynamic Pricing Plan for a Smarter Grid

June 9, 2010

PESD Director Frank Wolak will be delivering the keynote address at Agrion Business Network for Energy's panel discussion - The Missing Link: Constructing a Dynamic Pricing Plan for a Smarter Grid

Energy Working Group Talk: Suzi Kerr on Designing More Effective International Policy to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation

June 3, 2010

Visiting Professor Suzi Kerr will be presenting a paper she wrote with Arthur van Benthem, a graduate student at Stanford's Economics department.

16th Annual Coaltrans Asia

May 31, 2010

Richard Morse led a presentation on China's long term coal import/export balance at the 16th Annual Coaltrans Asia 3-day conference in Indonesia.  A few topics he addressed were: Is the world's...

Energy Working Group Talk: The Role of the Private Sector in the Diffusion of Improved Cookstoves

May 19, 2010

Visiting Assistant Professor Gireesh Shrimali from the Indian School of Business will be presenting work currently in progress at PESD: An examination of the role of the private sector in the...

Energy Working Group Talk: Energy Security and Cooperation in Northeast Asia

April 20, 2010

Associate Professor Jae-Seung Lee from Korea University, Division of International Studies will be leading the seminar on energy security and cooperation in Northeast Asia (including East Asia).

Making the Connection: Partnerships in Sustainable Energy & Development Finance

April 16, 2010

Associate Director Mark Thurber will be sitting on the Public Policy: Facilitating (and Hindering) Productive Partnerships panel at the Yale School of Management's Program on Social Enterprise...

2010 MIIS International Trade and Investment Conference: Opportunities and Strategies in Emerging Economies

March 12, 2010

PESD researcher Richard K. Morse to speak on the "Carbon Markets: Developing Countries & the Next Clean Development Mechanism" panel.

Guest Lecture: China’s Coal and Power Conflict and Its Broad Impacts

January 29, 2010

PESD researcher Gang He will be guest lecturing in Stanford University's China Energy System course on China’s coal and power conflict and its broad impacts on Chinese energy and climate policy.

People

Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research
Ognen Stojanovski Research Scholar
Peng Wuyuan Affiliated Faculty
Sriniketh Nagavarapu Visiting Scholar