Dr. Ofir Rubin of the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business & Management (GGFBM) focuses his research on economic modeling of energy markets, management of natural resources, and the economics and environmental aspects of renewable energy. He investigate the performances of energy markets in conjunction with firms’ strategic behavior and policy regulation. The emergence of new alternative energy technologies and the recent expansion of global renewable energy bring forward several key economic and policy questions. This is because renewable energy intertwines with the conventional markets for energy. For instance, Rubin's research deals with the integration of renewable energy into the traditional structure of electricity markets. Another example is the competition between bio-renewables (energy crops) and food production for agricultural land. Short-run analyses include looking at the supply uncertainty that alternative energy resources bring into these markets and the implications of risk management behavior. A long-run perspective requires examining the adoption rate of alternative energy technologies and developing a policy regulation that deals with potential market failures along the expansion process. The development of optimal policy regulation is a challenging task as renewable energy is associated with several public goods: reducing global climate change, reducing the dependence on imported fossil fuels, supporting local economic development and reducing financial risk by increased portfolio diversity. To achieve this goal, his research often includes developing theoretical equilibrium models, programming for empirical applications, performing life cycle assessments (LCA) of energy balance and environmental impact, and side by side cost-benefit analysis of competing technologies.
As part of the research in Dr. Meidad Kissinger’s 'Sustainability and Environmental Policy Laboratory' the wide range of linkages between society, energy and the environment are studied.
1. Examining energy consumption patterns at the urban, national and international scales
2. Exploring energy consumption patterns of different groups in society and the use of energy by human activities in different sectors. He uses and researches a range of energy related environmental accounting tools including – Ecological and Carbon Footprint Analysis, Life Cycle Assessment, and Social Metabolism, allowing me to analyze energy and materials embodied in production and consumption of various resources, products and services.
3. Kissinger examines existing energy related policies and analyzes directions to achieve a more sustainable future energy policy.