Escaping the Energy Poverty Trap with Dr. Johannes Urpelainen

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In today’s industrialized world, almost everything we do consumes energy. While industrialized countries enjoy all the amenities of modern energy, more than a billion people in the developing world still lack energy access. Why is energy poverty persistent in some countries and not in others? Offering the first comprehensive political science account of energy poverty, Escaping the Energy Poverty Trap (MIT Press, 2018) explores why governments have or have not been able to lead in providing modern energy to their least advantaged citizens.

Join Professor Johannes Urpelainen for the launch of his new book. Johannes Urpelainen is the Director and Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment at Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Founding Director of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP). He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2009 and spent the next eight years at Columbia University. As one of the world’s top energy policy experts, Johannes frequently advises governments, international organizations, and the private sector on energy and environment.


Johns Hopkins University, Room 812
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036

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