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The Ministry intends to hire a motivated masters-level or advanced undergraduate policy co-op student for January-April 2017 (starting date flexible). Primarily located within the Ministry’s Strategic Policy and Research Unit, the successful candidate may also have opportunities to participate in projects conducted in partnership with other Ministry units.

The 2016 Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Research Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2016 Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Research Fellowship Recipients


About the Fellows' Research:

Stephanie Whitney

Stephanie’s research investigates the impact of specific components of energy conservation programmes on the level of customer participation in those programmes, and ultimately the reduction in energy consumption achieved. Her research applies behavior change and social marketing theories, as well as statistical analysis, with focus on Ontario’s residential and commercial electricity conservation programmes. Stephanie’s research pertains to the Energy Council of Canada’s Energy Literacy/Public Outreach and Engagement research priority, and will be applicable to conservation and demand management policy development in Ontario, and more broadly.

Bronwyn Lazowski

Bronwyn's research investigates the use of smart grid technologies to encourage residential electricity conservation and demand management. Her research studies user adoption and acceptance of smart grid technologies within Ontario and is relevant to the Energy Council of Canada’s Smart Cities and Energy Networks research priority. The results of this research will be applicable to smart grid policy development in Ontario and other jurisdictions.

Herijadi Kurniawan

Herijadi's research will produce socio-technical scenarios for Canada's low-carbon energy futures using Delphi and multi-stakeholders participatory scenario methodology called the cross-impact balances or CIB. During a scenario planning workshop, which is planned for Spring 2017, participants from different sectors will collaboratively co-create multi-scale scenarios (global-local) that are internally consistent. Multiscale scenario research is part of the ongoing effort by research communities for developing more localized scenarios under the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (or SSPs), which is one part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (or IPCC) new integrated scenario process for climate change research.

Dane Labonte

Dane's research investigates the financial, social, and regulatory impacts of further integrating distributed generation in the Canadian electricity grid. 

Benjamin Sanchez Andrade

Ben’s research will explore the valuation and monetization of the environmental impacts of the residual life of building stock in North America. His research will add a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) perspective to the decision-making methodology involved in adaptive reuse of buildings, in order to contribute to sustainability and climate change through mitigation of CO2 emissions.

Scott Morton Ninomiya

Scott’s participatory action research project will engage the multiple local stakeholders driving the DeCarbonize Waterloo Region initiative in systematic learning about that unfolding local transition process. Communities around the world are taking on the complex but imperative challenge of making the transition toward low carbon energy systems, but there is a gap in understanding how to make local transition processes successful from the start. This research project will help to shape local action, provide lessons for other Canadian municipalities and contribute to the international body of knowledge on locally-driven low carbon transition processes.

Christopher Beninger

Christopher's research will focus on comparing and evaluating economic, environmental and social outcomes of low-carbon energy transition policies around the world. The purpose will be to provide a road map for policy and decision-makers of the future who are aiming to adopt or implement such policies in their own jurisdictions.


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