Morris, Jennifer

Jennifer Morris
Joint Program Research Scientist





Focus Areas

Energy, Climate Policy, Regional Analysis


Research Interests:

Dr. Jennifer Morris is a Research Scientist at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Much of her research focuses on risk analysis, uncertainty analysis, and decision-making under uncertainty in energy and environmental systems. This work involves quantifying key uncertainties (e.g. changes in world markets, policies, technologies, climate, etc.), and applying different methodological approaches to models in order to formally represent such uncertainties and explore how they impact near-term decisions. A key focus is evaluating risks to different investment options in energy and water and identifying those that are robust to potential risks. Jennifer also works on the assessment of energy technologies and energy/climate policies, and contributes to the development of the Joint Program’s computable general equilibrium model, the Economic Projection and Policy Analysis (EPPA) model. She holds a PhD in Engineering Systems and a M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT.

Education + Credentials
Ph.D., Engineering Systems Division, MIT 2013
M.S., Technology and Policy Program, MIT, 2009
B.A., Public Policy Analysis and History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006
Ph.D. Thesis: Electricity Generation and Emissions Reduction Decisions under Uncertainty: A General Equilibrium Analysis
Master's Thesis: Combining a Renewable Portfolio Standard with a Cap-and-Trade Policy: A General Equilibrium Analysis

Recent Publications

Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Monier, E., S. Paltsev, A. Sokolov, Y.-H.H. Chen, X. Gao, Q. Ejaz, E. Couzo, C. Schlosser, S. Dutkiewicz, C. Fant, J. Scott, D. Kicklighter, J. Morris, H. Jacoby, R. Prinn and M. Haigh  (2018). Nature Communications, 9, 660 (doi:10.1038/s41467-018-02984-9) [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Morris, J., V.  Srikrishnan, M. Webster and J. Reilly (2018). Energy Journal, 39(1), 10.5547/01956574.39.1.jmor [PDF]
Joint Program Technical Note
Chen, Y.-H.H., S. Paltsev, J. Reilly, J. Morris, V. Karplus, A. Gurgel, N. Winchester, P. Kishimoto, É. Blanc and M. Babiker (2017). March, 32 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Morris, J., M. Webster and J. Reilly (2016). Joint Program Report Series Report 297, May, 20 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Chen, Y.-H.H., S. Paltsev, J.M. Reilly, J.F. Morris and M.H. Babiker (2016). Economic Modelling, 52(Part B): 867–883. [PDF]

News + Media

News Release
Joint Program News | 
Jun 18, 2018
News Release
MIT News | 
Feb 13, 2018
In The News
Energy Futures | 
Dec 21, 2017
In The News | 
May 01, 2017
News Release
MIT News | 
Apr 13, 2017
Student Spotlight
Joint Program News | 
Oct 13, 2013