Department of Technology and Society

EST625 Advanced Science, Technology, Innovation Policy

Guest Lecture

Decoupling from China: Risks and Rewards for the Climate

Dr. Michael Davidson

11:30am, February 16, 2023


Bio: Michael Davidson is an assistant professor joint with the School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Davidson’s teaching and research focus on the engineering implications and institutional conflicts inherent in deploying low-carbon energy at scale to mitigate environmental harms, specializing in applications to China, India, and the U.S. Michael holds a Ph.D. in engineering systems and an S.M. in technology and policy from MIT, and a B.S. in mathematics and physics and a B.A. in Japanese studies from Case Western Reserve University. He has held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at Tsinghua University, and worked on U.S.-China climate policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Paper discussed:

Davidson, Michael R., Valerie J. Karplus, Joanna I. Lewis, Jonas Nahm, and Alex Wang. 2022. “Risks of Decoupling from China on Low-Carbon Technologies.” Science 377 (6612): 1266–69.