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  • Sustainable Development

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  • James Rising

    Assistant Professorial Research Fellow

    James is an interdisciplinary modeler, studying the feedback between environmental and human systems, and focusing on the impacts of climate change and the water-energy-food nexus.  He draws upon analytical and empirical approaches from multiple fields and develops computational and statistical models to understand integrated global challenges.


    Prior to joining the Grantham Research Institute, James held postdoctoral positions at the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.  He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University’s program in Sustainable Development.  He previously taught within MIT’s Experimental Study Group and at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.  He has also had a career as a software developer, working with over a dozen companies on audio and video processing, social networks, and artificial intelligence.

    Research Interests

    • Social-Environmental Modeling
    • Environmental and Resource Economics
    • Water-Energy-Food Nexus


    Research article  10 October, 2018

    Mimi-PAGE, an open-source implementation of the PAGE09 integrated assessment model

    Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) have become critical tools for assessing the costs and benefits of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Three models currently inform the social cost of … read more »

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