University of Vermont

Christopher Clement

Christopher Clement PhD Student, RSENR

MEM, Ecology and Environmental Design, 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

The core of Christopher's academic interests is to explore the human, economic, and institutional dimensions of sustainable development. His current research focuses on modeling the technological, policy, and behavioral dimensions of the Vermont energy system. His goal is to build systems dynamics models to investigate different scenarios to develop a sustainable and resilient energy system, amid significant competition for dwindling net energy resources, and uncertainty surrounding the impacts of climate change and the need for new infrastructure and technology systems.

He is a Ph.D. Student at the Rubenstein School and a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow through the Smart Grid: Technology, Human Behavior, and Policy interdisciplinary research program. He is also pursuing a Certificate in Ecological Economics through the Gund Institute, as well as a Certificate in 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 and planning for the built environment, as well.

He did his Master's work at Yale University, where in 2008 he completed a joint degree in Ecology and Environmental Design at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Economics and Finance at the School of Management. He earned a B.S. in Environmental Science 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: Climate Change, Energy, and Human Behavior; Complex Systems; Ecological Economics
Dissertation: Complex Systems Modeling for a Sustainable and Resilient Vermont Energy System


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