Energy, Environment & Health
Tackling the interrelated policy and technology challenges that must be addressed to get to zero global carbon emissions in a world where costs matter led Professor David Victor to create the UC San Diego Deep Decarbonization Initiative in collaboration with Jacobs School of Engineering. Working with scholars from across the university, they help societies link the best science and technology with politically realistic economic strategies for putting new energy systems into place to make a difference while meeting the energy needs of all of humanity. By organizing research projects across academic disciplines, they engage energy industry representatives, elected officials and other policymakers on a largescale.
In the News
California Cities Top List of New Report Ranking U.S. Climate Action Plans
Oct. 22, 2020 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
Despite achievements, most cities need to cut emissions by 64% to reach their respective goals
Global connections foster global solutions
April 22, 2020 | Virginia Watson | GPS News
GPS’s 2020 Outstanding Alumnus Jeff Rector shares how connecting with alumni has enhanced his career and furthered his goal of climate change mitigation around the globe
Deploying mangroves to fight climate change
Feb. 18, 2020 | By Jade Griffin | GPS News
GPS alumni Ryan Merrill ’08 and Richard Cohen ’91 are on the frontlines of mangrove reforestation to address climate change and protect vulnerable communities
When Will We End Global Warming?
Nov. 21, 2019 | By Christine Clark | UC San Diego News
At the intersection of science, technology and policy, UC San Diego’s David G. Victor offers answers
Decarbonizing the grid
Oct. 21, 2019 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Meet GPS’s new renewable energy expert, Michael Davidson whose research focuses on deploying low carbon energy in Asia’s emerging markets
Faculty and Research
Research Fields: climate impacts and adaptation, food-energy-water systems, food and nutrition security, land use, economic development
Research Fields: China, electricity markets, energy policy, climate change policy
Research Fields: economics, Southeast Asia
Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs
Research Fields: environmental, public health, development, innovation economics
Research Fields: China, development economics, economic history, political economy
Assistant Teaching Professor
Research Fields: development economics, public health, environment
Research Fields: climate change, public policy
Professor; Co-director, Laboratory on International Law and Regulation; Center for Global Transformation Endowed Chair in Innovation and Public Policy
Research Fields: human rights, international law, energy policy, climate change policy
Focused on helping the world cut emissions of warming gases essentially to zero given the very real science, technology, economic and political constraints that exist. This initiative at UC San Diego is co-led by GPS Professor David Victor.
Facilitating innovative research on the causes of international conflict and cooperation, this institute serves the entire UC system and is committed to educating the next generation of problem solvers and peacemakers.
Exploring when and why laws actually work, this living laboratory looks across an array of issues from environment and energy to human rights,
This program facilitates the exploration of policy implications and the practical application of research in engineering, medicine, and marine and earth sciences for strategic decision-making.
Health and human capital
Jan. 29, 2018: GPS Professor Joshua Graff Zivin combines STEM with the economics of innovation in latest research ranging from energy to public health, plus discusses a renewed interest in Latin America.
Battery storage at the center of energy policy
Jan. 3, 2018: GPS students look at battery storage options in Florida in a study designed to solve real-world problems.
Researching how humans and the environment interact
Dec. 21, 2017: The National Science Foundation awards $1.5 million to Jennifer Burney in a new grant to focus on her research at the intersection of environmental health and human development.
Fighting wildfires with web based imagery
Dec. 18, 2017: GPS’s Science Policy Fellows Program gathered experts to examine how harnessing the power of supercomputers and video imagery can help prevent natural disasters.
Nuclear power in
Sept. 29, 2017: Advanced fission innovation in 'slow demise' without leadership, infrastructure
Science Policy Fellows program trains ‘high-impact researchers’
June 28, 2017: In its third year, GPS’s Science Policy Fellows program continues bridging disciplines at UC San Diego, delivers new research and even prototype tools.
Fighting Global Warming and Climate Change Requires a Broad Energy Portfolio
June 19, 2017: Can the continental United States make a rapid, reliable and low-cost transition to an energy system that relies almost exclusively on wind, solar and hydroelectric power?
Experiencing the ‘crossroad of the US, Asia and Mexico’
April 20, 2017: As part of his Pacific Leadership Fellowship, Enrico Letta derived new impressions of not only the EU-U.S. relationship but also the U.S.-Mexico one.
Driven by curiosity, Graff Zivin coincides STEM and policy
April 19, 2016: The professor discusses how he gained his footing in health economics and the keys to pursuing STEM policy.
The School of Global Policy and Strategy understands collaboration across disciplines is increasingly important to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Discover our degrees today!