Environment

Environment

FSI scholars approach their research on the environment from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Center on Food Security and the Environment weighs the connection between climate change and agriculture; the impact of biofuel expansion on land and food supply; how to increase crop yields without expanding agricultural lands; and the trends in aquaculture. FSE’s research spans the globe – from the potential of smallholder irrigation to reduce hunger and improve development in sub-Saharan Africa to the devastation of drought on Iowa farms. David Lobell, a senior fellow at FSI and a recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, has looked at the impacts of increasing wheat and corn crops in Africa, South Asia, Mexico and the United States; and has studied the effects of extreme heat on the world’s staple crops.

Scholarly Publications

Kuwait Petroleum Corporation: Searching for Strategy in a Fragmented Oil Sector

July 2008

By most measures, including Kuwait Petroleum Corporation's ability to meet its own targets, the enterprise performs poorly.  Many of the problems are traceable to the profound dysfunction and...

Oil and Governance: State-owned Enterprises and the World Energy Supply

January 2012

National oil companies (NOCs) produce most of the world’s oil and natural gas and bankroll governments across the globe.

Political Economy of Electric Power Market Restructuring: Introduction to Issues and Expectations, A

February 2003

Over the last three decades a wave of reform has spread nearly every aspect of modern economic activity.

Other Publications

Three Key Obstacles to Cookstove Adoption (And How to Overcome Them)

December 2009

The article discusses the role of commercial ventures in improving access to improved biomass stoves.

Weak on Warming

February 2002

In recent years, the U.S. debate on global warming policy has been stymied by the unachievable goals of the Kyoto Protocol. Cutting U.S.

A New Currency: Climate Change and Carbon Credits

July 2004

A new currency is emerging in world markets.

News

PESD Program Hosts "The Political Economy of Power Market Reform"

February 2003

On February 19-20, 2003, the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) hosted a major conference on the Political Economy of Power Market Reform at the Institute for International...

David Victor quoted in "Forging Links to Natural Gas From Abroad" in New York Times

September 2003

%people1%, CESP Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development is quoted in New York Times, September 6, 2003 article %link1%.

University receives $2 million to study energy markets

January 2004

Stanford University Program on Energy and Sustainable Development receives $1.95 million grant from BP

Events

The Political Economy of Power Market Reform

February 19, 2003

This conference is being held at the early stages in a cluster of related studies on the political economy of electric power systems in developing countries.

Special Seminar on the Geopolitics of Natural Gas

May 10, 2004

World natural gas consumption is projected to more than double by 2030 -- surpassing coal as the world's #2 energy resource.

Projects

Instruments of Energy and Environmental Policy

Instruments of Energy Policy, hosted by the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, brings to Stanford four notable researchers...
English

People

frank wolak Frank Wolak PESD Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Mark's profile picture Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research at PESD, Social Science Research Scholar
IMG 0795 Ognen Stojanovski Research Affiliate at PESD
cg Christoph Graf Social Science Research Scholar
ajha photo Akshaya Jha Faculty Affiliate at PESD
ian hardman headshot Ian Hardman Research Affiliate at PESD