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Elliott Faculty Working on Green New Deal Policy

The Green New Deal has received considerable media coverage in the build-up to the 2020 Presidential Election. According to Data for Progress, “The Green New Deal is an ambitious policy agenda to tackle the climate crisis, create quality jobs, and promote justice. It has become a core element of many Democrats’ platforms in the 2020 Presidential race, with more than half of all candidates endorsing the Green New Deal and widespread, bipartisan support among American voters.”


Two Elliott School faculty members, Marcus King and Nina Kelsey, whose research interests center around environmental and energy security, climate change, and international environmental policy, are  highly focused on policy issues related to the Green New Deal. Dr. King and Dr. Kelsey share a few of their thoughts here.


Marcus King

“I am researching how climate-change-related impacts such as drought, extreme weather, and sea level rise affect state stability in nations when there is a high potential for humanitarian disasters on violent conflict. My latest publications are about how drought conditions and water stress can be exploited by actors during internal conflict. So the way I describe things is that there are three focal areas of climate change: mitigation, adaptation, and than consequences of failure to adapt. I situate my work in the third category — the consequences of failure.”


Nina Kelsey

“I am interested in feedback processes between energy and environmental policy on the one hand and interest groups on the other hand. So, for instance, if we pass a renewable support policy in 2014, how does that change the configuration of industry or consumer/voter interest groups in subsequent years, and how does that change in turn affect the politics around future policies that we might try to enact? So for the Green New Deal (GND), I think about questions like how the sequencing of different parts of the GND might impact the likelihood that it could be implemented overall. Are there better or worse places to start, that are more or less likely to rapidly build support for later steps?”


Issues like international environmental policy are a great example of Elliott School faculty working on real problems that have the potential to positively affect our future. Since one compelling aspect of international affairs that draws students to study it are the chance for creating impact and change, it is exciting to see faculty research directly connected to current policies between debated like the Green New Deal.


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