PhD Day

The PhD Day will be held on Sunday, November 3 from 10:30am to 4:00pm, and we invite all students registered for the conference to attend.

The PhD Day is designed to facilitate a more in-depth discussion of each paper compared to concurrent sessions. Six outstanding papers have been selected to be presented at the PhD Day. The presenters will also act as discussants on each other’s papers.

Participants at the PhD Day will not only have the opportunity to listen to their peers present and review papers, but also meet students with similar interests and engage in productive discussions.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute.

In addition, the Sloan Foundation has provided funding opportunities for students presenting at the PhD Day and for selected students attending the PhD Day.

The program is as follows.

Session 1: Analyzing Changing Electricity Systems

10:30 – 11:15

Travis Atkinson, Purdue

Long-term Investment Planning for the Electricity Sector in Small Island Developing States: Case Study for Jamaica

Discussant: Turner Cotterman

11:15 – 12:00

Turner Cotterman, Carnegie Mellon

Why Rapid and Deep Decarbonization isn’t Simple: Linking Bottom-up Socio-technical Decision-making Insights with Top-down Macroeconomic Analyses

Discussant: Travis Atkinson

12:00 – 12:45


Session 2: Spatial Dimensions of the Energy Transition

12:45 – 1:30

Igor Hernandez, Rice University

Scoring Auctions, Investment and Production Outcomes: the case of Oil Leases in Mexico

Discussant: Hang Lin

1:30 – 2:15

Hang Lin, University of International Business and Economics and University of Wisconsisn, Madison

Spatial effects of foreign direct investment on carbon emissions: evidence from China’s provincial panel data

Discussant: Igor Hernandez

2:15 – 2:30


Session 3: Market Barriers to an Optimal Generation Fleet

2:30 – 3:15

Liz Wachs, Purdue

Do Market Barriers Exist for Renewables? A Portfolio Approach

Discussant: Cameron Duff

3:15 – 4:00

Cameron Duff, University of Colorado, Boulder

Market Structure and Fossil Fuel Retirements

Discussant: Liz Wachs

Each author has 25 minutes to present their paper. The discussant will then give a 15 minute review.

The event will be held in the Cedar Room at the conference venue.

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