The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) seeks a Senior Research Scholar for a major research initiative on Chinese energy markets and geopolitics. Successful execution will require generating original research, managing external research projects and communicating research findings clearly and concisely to a range of audiences in a manner that maximizes policy impact, as well as contributing to the University's wider research and convening efforts. This senior research scholar will be a key part of the Center's China Research Program, led by David Sandalow.
The position will leverage linkages between other areas of ongoing work in oil and gas markets, climate policy, the Belt and Road Initiative, U.S. foreign policy and contemporary China at the Center, SIPA, Columbia World Projects and Columbia University more broadly.
The position will engage at a high level with key stakeholders. A high level of verbal and written communications, and cultural awareness, skills are required. The position will report to the Center's Director.
Research and Analysis:
Identify and execute on priority areas of work and appropriate research methodologies for qualitative and quantitative analysis. The methodologies and disciplines will likely span everything from case studies to detailed policy analysis. Examples of relevant research areas may include, among others: - The role of Chinese energy companies in global markets; - China's role as a financier of global energy infrastructure; - The energy and climate implications of the Belt and Road Initiative; - Energy decision-making in China, including the role of state-owned enterprises; - Chinese domestic coal, oil, natural gas and renewable energy markets; and - China's climate change policies and their implications for energy markets.
Regularly publish outputs that provide analysis on issues such as illustrated above. These will take the form of research reports, issue briefs, op-eds, and other outputs.
Management, Coordination and Leadership:
Produce a strategic vision of the scope of research questions to explore, including identifying emerging opportunities and challenges, and develop ways in which the Center can generate unique insights to improve public understanding and debate.
Identify the institutions and individuals currently doing leading work in this area and establish and maintain close working relationships with them to explore and develop research partnerships and joint products.
Supervise and directly engaging with the work of external partners to ensure the timely delivery of relevant, rigorous and objective research and analysis.
Assist in securing funding from a variety of sources to support the program's operation.
Leverage the resources available across Columbia University to ensure the program is cross-disciplinary and engages faculty and students from all relevant disciplines.
Convene and Communicate:
Clearly communicate research findings into actionable, policy-relevant mediums for multiple audiences [e.g. policymakers, private and public sector leaders, general public and the relevant research community]. Must possess the ability to convey complex data and information in a succinct and easy to digest manner for immediate impact.
Manage and execute senior-level roundtables to incorporate expert review from a broad range of perspectives into the research process
Manage and execute public discussions to improve the general understanding of complex issues.
Minimum Degree Required:
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