Morris, Jennifer

Jennifer Morris
Joint Program Research Scientist





Focus Areas

Infrastructure & Investment, Energy Transition, Policy Scenarios, Regional Analysis


Research Interests:

Dr. Jennifer Morris is a Research Scientist at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the MIT Energy Initiative. Much of her research focuses on energy transitions and economic development pathways as well as uncertainty and decision-making.  Jennifer is a key contributor to the development of the MIT Integrated Global System Modeling(IGSM) framework, focusing on the human system component, the Economic Projection and Policy Analysis (EPPA) model. With this modeling framework, she develops integrated economic and climate scenarios, generates large ensembles, analyzes policy impacts, explores technology and mitigation pathways and transitions, and examines multi-sector dynamics. Her uncertainty-related work involves quantifying key uncertainties 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 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 Report
Paltsev, S., A. Sokolov, M. Haigh, D. Hone and J. Morris (2021). Joint Program Report Series Report 348, February, 20 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Morris,J., J. Reilly, S. Paltsev and A. Sokolov (2021). Joint Program Report Series Report 347, February, 23 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Morris, J., A. Sokolov, A. Libardoni, C. Forest, S. Paltsev, J. Reilly, C.A. Schlosser, R. Prinn, H. Jacoby (2021). Joint Program Report Series Report 349, [PDF]
Journal Article
Morris, J., H. Kheshgi, S. Paltsev and H. Herzog (2021). Climate Change Economics, 12(1), 215001 (doi: 10.1142/S2010007821500019)
Journal Article
Fajardy M., J. Morris, A. Gurgel, H. Herzog, N. MacDowell and S. Paltsev  (2021). Global Environmental Change, 68, 102262 (doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2021.102262)

News + Media

News Release
MIT News | 
Apr 04, 2021
News Release
MIT News | 
Nov 05, 2020
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Joint Program News | 
Oct 16, 2020
News Release
Environmental Solutions Initiative | 
Oct 01, 2020
News Release
MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative | 
Aug 04, 2020
T&D World | 
Apr 24, 2020
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Nov 26, 2019