Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Edwards

Nearly 300 policymakers, practitioners, community leaders, and researchers attended the second annual La Follette Forum on October 6 in Madison. The daylong event on climate policy featured two keynote presentations, six panel discussions, and numerous networking opportunities. It was the La Follette School’s first hybrid conference, with attendees joining in person and online.

Four La Follette School alumni will be featured as panelists at the La Follette Forum: Climate Policy on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The daylong conference also brings a diversity of voices, including youth, to one of the most important issues across the globe.

In the mood for a little public policy over lunch? Join La Follette School professors Christine Durrance, Greg Nemet, Morgan Edwards, and Philipp Koellinger for their noon-time virtual talks this August, sponsored by Badger Talks LIVE.

For the network of pipelines that bring natural gas to homes throughout the U.S., leaks are an ongoing challenge. Repairing those leaks can lead to safety and climate benefits by reducing the amount of methane (a potent greenhouse gas) released into the atmosphere. But a new study led by La Follette School Assistant Professor Morgan Edwards found these repairs are not always successful, leaving some of the potential benefits of leak repair on the table.

La Follette School Assistant Professor Morgan Edwards and Kavita Surana of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support their research on the interactions between corporations and cleantech start-ups.

As the Spring 2021 Public Affairs Journalist in Residence, Amy Westervelt will discuss the news media’s role in the fossil fuel industry’s efforts to block climate action and obscure climate science. Westervelt’s presentation, Widening the Circle of Accountability: Media & the Climate Debate, will be livestreamed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21.

Monday, December 7, 2020

New Faculty Focus: Morgan Edwards

The climate crisis amplifies the effects of the pandemic, and vice versa. (The wildfires on the West Coast) are driven by climate change but made worse by a confluence of racial injustice, mass incarceration, and an ongoing pandemic. These overlapping crises show why we can’t compartmentalize complex policy problems. I think there are opportunities to address them together.

Research by La Follette School Assistant Professor Morgan Edwards and colleagues demonstrates how combining existing subnational climate action with expanded national strategies in the United States will be critical to reach scientifically informed climate goals.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Morgan Edwards

 Assistant Professor of Public Affairs

Professor Greg Nemet received a Kohl Public Service Research Competition award to support his work on climate change analysis and policy.

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