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 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.

Select Publications, Presentations, and Panels:

Araújo, K. (forthcoming). “Dynamics of International Nuclear Safety: Post-Fukushima Developments in Regulatory Oversight and Filtered Vent Technology in Six Nuclear Countries,” in: D. Diamond and S. Apikyan (Eds.) Preparedness for Nuclear and Radiological Threats. Springer.

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

Araújo, K. “Managing Shared Interests in Arctic Oil and Gas,” Presentation and Panel Moderation, Arctic Circle Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, November 1, 2014.

Araújo, K. “Post-Fukushima Preparedness in Nuclear and Radiological Safety: Changes in Select Countries,” Invited Lecture, Brookhaven National Lab, Upton, NY, June 9, 2014.

Araújo, K. “Game-change: Opportunity in Energy Transitions,” Keynote address, Advanced Energy Conference, Albany, NY, April 28, 2014.

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