Kathleen Ara˙jo

  • Assistant Professor
  • Office Location: Harriman Hall 348
  • Office Phone: (631) 632-8767

Dr. Kathleen Ara˙jo focuses on strategic decision-making at the intersection of national energy-environmental systems, and science & technology ecosystems. This includes planning, policy, and better practices in complex technology transitions and institutional change.

Broadly defined, her approach integrates sociotechnical dimensions of sustainability, innovation, and security to evaluate technology pathways. She has conducted multi-decadal studies of energy system change and is completing a book on low carbon energy transitions in prime mover countries. Her recent research assesses international shifts in nuclear safety post-Fukushima, as well as diverse company approaches to global R&D.

In practice, Dr. Ara˙jo has consulted for inter-governmental organizations and partnered with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She advises on curriculum design and process management. Dr. Ara˙jo is also a reviewer for periodicals, including Energy Policy and the Global Status Report for REN21. She earned her Ph.D. at MIT, where she has partnered with committees on energy and innovation. Dr. Ara˙jo completed post-doctoral research at the Harvard Kennedy School in science, technology, and nuclear safety.

Key Publications:

"The Emerging Field of Energy Transitions: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities," Energy Research & Social Science, Volume 1, March 2014

"OPEC Embargo +40: What Have We Learned?" Power & Policy, October 2013