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Robert C. Stowe

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Robert C. Stowe

Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Contact:
Telephone: 617-496-4265
Fax: 617-496-3783
Email: robert_stowe@harvard.edu

 

Experience

Robert C. Stowe is Executive Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program and Manager of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, both University-wide programs based in the Harvard Kennedy School. From December 2003 through June 2009, he was Associate Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program and the Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, in the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Rob has worked in non-profit, academic, and business organizations, including as Vice President of Programs of the Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs, which provides assistance in agriculture and agribusiness to developing countries, and Human Factors International, one of the world's leading firms in the field of software and Web usability. He has consulted to the World Bank and other organizations on agricultural management projects in Uganda, Russia, and Ukraine. Rob holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an A.B. in physics from Harvard College.

 

 

By Date

 

2016

IPCC

January 26, 2016

Harvard Project's Multi-Year Engagement with the IPCC

News

By Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements—and its Director, Robert Stavins—have completed a multi-year, multi-faceted engagement with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is an intergovernmental organization that engages the global scientific community in assessing research on climate change and synthesizing this research for policymakers. The IPCC, as the leading organization pursuing this mission, prepares its reports primarily for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its member governments.

 

2015

Courtesy of HKS

December 6, 2015

"Harvard's Stavins, Stowe Compare Climate Change Policies in Paris"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Harvard Gazette

By Doug Gavel, Robert N. Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government; Member of the Board; Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

"The role of market mechanisms for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and the relationship between climate change policy and international trade were the topics of a side-event panel discussion on Friday at the Conference of the Parties (COP21), the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris. The panel discussion, which was co-sponsored by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, addressed a variety of issues related to the emissions-reduction targets that countries are putting forward as part of a new agreement to be concluded in Paris."

 

 

Jon Chase Photo

November 19, 2015

Harvard President Convenes High-level Panel on Paris Conference—Momentum Building for Significant Agreement

News

By Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Drew Faust, President of Harvard University, hosted a high-level panel on November 16, 2015 addressing the upcoming Paris climate talks, under the auspices of the United Nations. The panel was moderated by Richard McCullough, Vice Provost for Research at Harvard University.

 

 

November 17, 2015

The Harvard Project at COP-21 in Paris

News

By Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements will co-host four events at the Twenty-First Conference of the Parties (COP-21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, France in December.

 

 

November 12, 2015

"Differentiation, Financial Support, and the Paris Climate Talks"

Op-Ed, EnergyCollective

By Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

"Given that mitigation contributions are self-defined and submitted in advance…the negotiations over finance are the most significant challenge to a successful conference."

 

 

 

October 6, 2015

"China and the United States Extend Cooperation on Climate Change"

News

By Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

On September 25, 2015, Presidents Xi Jinping of China and Barack Obama of the United States reaffirmed their "shared conviction that climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity and that their two countries have a critical role to play in addressing it." The Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change built upon that of November 12, 2014 and contains pledges to cooperate: 1) To produce an ambitious multilateral agreement at the Twenty-First Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December 2015; 2) To advance respective domestic actions (detailed in the announcement) to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions; and 3) To enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation through forums other than the UNFCCC.

 

 

October 4, 2015

Harvard Project and Collaborators Publish Science Article on Future of the IPCC

News

By Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

The collaborators conducted a research workshop in February 2015, hosted by the Mercator Institute in Berlin, on approaches to improving the process by which research on climate change is assessed—with a focus on the social sciences (economics, political science, policy studies). The Science article captures some of the more important conclusions of this workshop.

 

 

October 2, 2015

"The IPCC at a Crossroads: Opportunities for Reform"

Journal Article, Science, issue 6256, volume 350

By Carlo Carraro, Ottmar Edenhofer, Christian Flachsland, Charles Kolstad, Robert N. Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government; Member of the Board; Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has proven its value as an institution for large-scale scientific collaboration to synthesize and assess large volumes of climate research for use by policy-makers, as well as for establishing credibility of findings among diverse national governments. But the IPCC has received considerable criticism of both its substance and process."

 

 

NCSC Photo

August 26, 2015

Harvard Project Co-organizes Workshop with Beijing Research Institute

News

By Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements co-organized a workshop on China-U.S. collaboration on climate-change policy on June 25–26, 2015 in Beijing. The workshop was hosted and co-organized by the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation.

 

 

August 4, 2015

Responses to the EPA Clean Power Plan

News

By Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

On August 3, 2015, President Barack Obama and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy released the final version of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP's goal is to reduce emissions of CO2 in the United States by 32 percent in 2030, relative to 2005 emissions. See earlier analysis of the CPP by Harvard faculty members and other Harvard-Project affiliates here and here and reaction to the final version by faculty affiliated with the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Program.

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.