University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Christopher Clement

Christopher Clement PhD Candidate, RSENR

MEM, Energy and the Environment, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

MBA, Economics and Finance, Yale School of Management

BS, Environmental Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Advisors: Jon Erickson, Asim Zia

Christopher's primary academic and professional endeavors are motivated by his interest in the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of sustainability transitions. His research focuses on modeling the techno-economic, environmental, and institutional implications of transitioning to a renewable-energy based economy in Vermont. Using various techniques, he is investigating different scenarios of realizing this renewable energy transition, amid significant uncertainty in the policy, technology, and infrastructural needs of the future.

He is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow through the Smart Grid: Technology, Human Behavior, and Policy interdisciplinary research program. In addition, He has completed Certificates of Graduate Study in Ecological Economics through the Gund Institute, and Complex Systems through the Vermont Complex Systems Center.

Prior to coming to UVM, he was an Associate Sustainable Economist with the global design, planning, and environmental consultancy, AECOM, where he specialized in quantitative analysis of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and long-term climate action planning. His work extended into sustainable systems modeling, sustainability planning and strategy, and economic and financial modeling and analysis, as well.

He did his masters work at Yale University, where in 2008 he completed a joint M.E.M. with a concentration in Energy and the Environment at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Economics and Finance at the School of Management. He earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. Christopher is a passionate outdoorsman, an enthusiastic chef, an aspiring permaculturist, and a dedicated sustainable living practitioner.

Research Interests: Ecological Economics, Sustainability Science, Climate Change, Energy, and Complex Systems Modeling
Dissertation: On the Cusp of a Renewable Energy Transition in Vermont? Modeling Transition Pathways for Vermont’s Energy Future


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