Morris, Jennifer

Jennifer Morris
Joint Program Research Scientist





Focus Areas

Energy, Climate Policy, Regional Analysis


Research Topic:
climate change policy analysis; renewable portfolio standards



Jennifer Morris tackles uncertainty in climate policy analysis



Joint Program student Jen Morris is interested in climate policy. As she puts it, she likes “the nitty-gritty details of policy design: what are the components in a climate bill and how would they interact?”

Now a doctoral student working with advisor John Reilly, Jen completed her M.S. in the Technology and Policy Program at MIT in 2009, and has been part of the Joint Program for almost four years. Studying climate policy options in the context of the US, she has largely focused on using EPPA—the Emissions Predictions and Policy Analysis model to gain insight into the likely costs and impacts of developments in renewable energy technology and climate policies.

Currently, Jen’s research is taking a new direction: she is now working to better represent uncertainty in policy analysis models such as EPPA. As she explains, “One of the main challenges in the models we use is how we capture all of the important uncertainties, such as: ‘How is the economy going to grow?’ and ‘What is the cost of future technologies going to be?’”. According to Jen, her work will “more formally incorporate uncertainty analysis into models such as EPPA, so that we can more fully explore the range of possibilities and possible futures.” Improving how policy and economic models such as EPPA represent uncertainty isn’t simply an academic exercise. As Jen explains, EPPA and other such models are used to inform policy and decision-making. For this reason, improving how these models represent the uncertainty involved in real world decision-making will allow them to “do an even better job of helping provide information to policy-makers about what potential policies might do and what kind of impacts they might have. And that is the goal.”

As for her experience working with the Joint Program, Jen says “it is such an excellent place to be because it is so well established and so well respected in the realm of climate change and climate change analysis…I’ve been here for about four years now and I’m loving it!”

Spring 2011, by Danya Rumore

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 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). [PDF]
Journal Article
Morris, J., V.  Srikrishnan, M. Webster and J. Reilly (2017). Energy Journal, online first (10.5547/01956574.39.1.jmor)
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]
Joint Program Report
Morris, J., M. Webster and J. Reilly (2016). Joint Program Report Series Report 297, May, 20 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Delarue, E. and J. Morris (2015). Joint Program Report Series Report 277, 30 p. [PDF]

News + Media

News Release
MIT News | 
Apr 13, 2017
Student Spotlight
Joint Program News | 
Oct 13, 2013