The oil-rich countries of the Arabian/Persian Gulf currently face a dual challenge. As climate predictions for their region suggest conditions could become intolerable later this century, renewable energy stands to eclipse demand for oil. What if these countries decide it’s in their best interest to turn away from oil, harness their immense solar potential, and emerge as vanguards of global climate action? Dr. Dan Rabinowitz (Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University) explored this counterintuitive proposition during a March 2021 webinar, highlighting themes from his new book,The Power of Deserts: Climate Change, the Middle East and the Promise of a Post-Oil Era (Stanford University Press, 2020).
Duke alumnus Dr. John Graham joined the Duke University Energy Initiative and Duke Center on Risk to discuss the forces driving the global transition to electric vehicles, highlighting themes from his new book, The Global Rise of the Modern Plug-In Electric Vehicle: Public Policy, Innovation, and Strategy (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021).
More than 40 Duke University students presented the fifth annual (and first virtual) Energy Week at Duke in November 2020. The series of learning and networking opportunities, focused on the theme of "Upheaval and Resilience," attracted total attendance of more than a thousand, including university students, energy professionals, and others interested in the future of energy.
In April 2021, Duke University announced that the student organizers of Energy Week 2020 had won a campus-wide 2020-2021 Sustainability Award for Creativity During COVID.
The Duke University Energy Initiative has unveiled its newest cohort of Energy Data Analytics Ph.D. Student Fellows, which, for the first time, includes doctoral students beyond Duke as part of the program’s expansion. This year’s seven Ph.D. Fellows are from Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This one-of-a-kind fellows program is designed to produce scholars with expertise in both data science and energy application domains and enables collaboration across universities in the region.
Spring may just have sprung, but the heat is on for Duke students planning a productive summer. And the Energy Internship Program, organized by the Duke University Energy Initiative in partnership with the Energy Access Project at Duke, is offering plenty of options for students interested in exploring the energy sector.
At Duke University’s annual Women in Energy event in March 2021, four alumnae in energy discussed their professional journeys, the skills that help them succeed in their current roles, gender diversity in the energy workplace, and advice for students interested in energy careers.
US & Canadian policy experts zoom about zero-emission vehicles! Watch this webinar for insights on what's next for sustainable transport policy & how the US and Canada may be able to collaborate.
During a webinar organized by Duke In DC on March 5, 2021, experts from Duke University and the Aspen Institute spoke with journalist Kristi Swartz (E&E News) about current policy conversations surrounding energy and utilities—including what they perceive as high-priority issues for President Biden and the 117th Congress to address.
On Feb. 25, 2021, a week after an unusual cold snap led to widespread blackouts and triggered devastating impacts for communities, the Niskanen Center and the Duke University Energy Initiative co-hosted a discussion about what happened in Texas and what can be learned to prevent similar events in the future, both in Texas and elsewhere.
Curious about careers related to energy access and energy transitions in low- and middle-income countries? Check out the recording of a February 2021 webinar focused on opportunities in governmental agencies and development banks. This is the second of two virtual career talks organized by the Energy Access Project at Duke University and the Duke University Energy Initiative in February 2021. Duke students from diverse undergraduate and graduate degree programs learned from professionals about their organizations, roles, energy career journeys, and advice.
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