The Use of State-of-the-Art Models by Policy Makers to Address Global Energy and Environment Challenges

Mathematical and statistical models are essential tools for understanding complex phenomena such as those related to the challenges we face with respect to energy and the environment. As such, they are essential to direct policies that target these challenges. Advanced models, which can assist policy makers in formulating policies based on robust analysis of the likely impacts and effects of each policy considered, are constantly developed and used. Yet, policy makers might not have access to such models, and if they do they might not use them and/or not understand their results. This is likely to have determinate effect on the policies that are eventually devised and implemented and may result in non-optimal decision making process. Putting aside, for the purposes of this research, the political process of policy making, this research aims to investigate the contribution of quantitative analysis to the formulation of policies to address energy and environment challenges, focusing on the transport sector, and to explore ways to increase such contribution.

Objectives

  • Investigate the contribution of quantitative analysis to the formulation of policies to address energy and environment challenges, focusing on the transport sector, and to explore ways to increase such contribution;
  • Explore the implication of modeling practice on policy decision making; and
  • Explore the barriers for better use of advanced modeling in the practice of policy making.

Workshops

Technion Israel Institute of Technology, 26/06/2011
St Anne's College, University of Oxford, 27/10/2011

Further Information

For more information and output from this research project please contact Dr Moshe Givoni or Dr Eda Beyazit.