Kathleen Ara˙jo

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

Dr. Kathleen Araújo focuses on strategic decision-making associated with national energy-environmental systems, and science & technology ecosystems. This includes policy and better practices in complex technology 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. Among her research projects, she evaluates international shifts in nuclear safety post-Fukushima, and power market redesign.

In practice, Dr. Araújo has consulted for inter-governmental organizations and partnered with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She advises on curriculum development and process management. Dr. Araújo 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. Araújo completed post-doctoral research at the Harvard Kennedy School in science, technology, and nuclear safety.

Select Publications, Presentations, and Panels:

Araújo, K., Chair, “Managing Shared Interests in Arctic Oil and Gas,” Panel, Arctic Circle Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, October, 2015 (forthcoming).

Araújo, K. “Game Change: Innovation, Practices, and Policy in Low Carbon Energy Change,” Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5, 2015.

Araújo, K. “Paradigm Shifts: Innovation and Policy in Low Carbon Energy Change,” Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, July 28, 2015.

Araújo, K. “Creative Disruption: Science and Innovation in Energy System Change,” Laboratório Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia do Bioetanol/National Laboratory for Science and Technology of Bioethanol, Campinas, Brazil, July 27, 2015.

Araújo, K. “Fukushima 2015:Re-assessment, Radiation, and Regulatory Change,” Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, June 16, 2015.

Araújo, K (2015). Dynamics of International Nuclear Safety: Post-Fukushima Developments in Regulatory Oversight and Filtered Vent Technology in Six Nuclear Countries, Chapter 18 in S. Apikyan, D. Diamond (Eds.) Nuclear Threats and Security Challenges. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics, Springer, Dordrecht.

Araújo, K. “Radiation Protection in a Post-Fukushima World,” Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan, June 2, 2015.

Araújo, K. and Taebi, B. Where Should Nuclear Waste Be Dumped? (Better Practices in Decision-making), National Interest, May 26, 2015, http://nationalinterest.org/feature/where-should-nuclear-waste-be-dumped-12961.

Host, Nuclear Technology in the 21st Century: Film & Speaker Series, Spring 2015, http://www.stonybrook.edu/est/graduate/nuclearfilmspeaker.shtml

Araújo, K.  “Surging Ahead: Electric Vehicle Progress (and Challenges) in the US,” IEVE Conference, Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, March 10, 2015.

Araújo, K. “Paradigm Shift 2.0: Agents of Change and Innovation in National Energy Transitions,” Yale University, New Haven, CT, December 1, 2014. 

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

Diaz Anadon, L., Matus, K., Moon, S., Chan, G., Harley, A., Murthy, S., Timmer, V., Latif, A., Araújo, K., Booker, K., Choi, H., Dubrawski, K., Friedlander, L., Ingersoll, C., Kempster, E., Pereira, L., Stephens, J., Vinsel, L. and Clark, W. (2014). Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development: Diagnosing Weaknesses and Identifying Interventions in the Transnational Arena. Sustainability Science Program Working Paper 2014-01. Sustainability Science Program and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Diaz Anadon, L., Chan, G., Kempster, E., Vinsel, L., Stephens, J., Araújo, K., and Guardabassi, P. (2013). Energy Sector Discussion Paper: Background Paper for the Project on Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development. Sustainability Science Program Working Paper No. 2013-03. Sustainability Science Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

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