New research group on climate and energy at NUPI
‘The ambition of the group is to be a driver for NUPI research on climate and energy issues,’ says Indra Øverland, head of the new research group.
NUPI’s new Research group on climate and energy was established in January 2022. Head of the group, Research Professor Indra Øverland, has already led NUPI’s Centre for energy research for more than a decade, and is joined by a team of highly experienced and junior NUPI staff, from research professors to graduate research fellows.
Upon being asked why NUPI has decided to establish a new group dedicated to climate and energy, Øverland replies:
‘Climate and clean energy issues are increasingly dominating international affairs. NUPI has been building momentum in these fields of research and created a new research group within the institute to catalyze and maximize the effort.’
He identifies a range of highly relevant and interesting topics in this field of research in the years to come:
‘At an overarching level, the big puzzle is how to get countries around the world to implement the policies necessary to mitigate climate change. This will require a major effort, but the technologies and policies needed have largely been worked out already. The remaining challenge is mobilization and political willpower. At a more concrete level, the EU’s green deal and especially the carbon border adjustment mechanism are hot topics.’
- New meta-review of 204 publications on renewable energy and geopolitics
- How the green transition will lead to a more peaceful world
- The green transition: Who will be the geopolitical winners – and losers
- Funding flows for climate change research on Africa
- Chinese and Japanese investments in Myanmar – what determines their environmental friendliness?
- Why lack of will to limit climate change amongst ASEAN states?
The members of the research group have competence on several different topics, but what they have worked most on is the geopolitics of the energy transition.
‘That is to say, how the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy may transform relations between states and their power,’ Øverland explains.
‘The ambition of the group is to be a strong driver for NUPI research on climate and energy issues. However, work in these areas will also take place in other NUPI research groups and we hope to cooperate actively with them as well as with other Norwegian and international institutions.
Analyses that members of the group have published in recent months:
- Central Asia is a missing link in analyses of critical materials for the global clean energy transition
- Funding flows for climate change research on Africa: Where do they come from and where do they go?
- Villain or victim? Framing strategies and legitimation practices in the Russian perspective on the European Union’s Third Energy Package
- Moving beyond the NDCs: ASEAN pathways to a net-zero emissions power sector in 2050
- Vietnam's solar and wind power success: Policy implications for the other ASEAN countries
- Local and Global Aspects of Coal in the ASEAN Countries
- A functional approach to decentralization in the electricity sector: learning from community choice aggregation in California
- Environmental performance of foreign firms: Chinese and Japanese firms in Myanmar