Morris, Jennifer

Jennifer Morris
Joint Program Research Scientist





Focus Areas

Energy Transition, Policy Scenarios, 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

Working Paper
Arbabzadeh, M., E. Gençer, J.M. Morris, S. Paltsev and R.C. Armstrong (2020). MIT Energy Initiative Working Paper,
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Morris, J., S. Paltsev and A.Y. Ku (2019). Energy Economics, 81, 848-858 (doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2019.05.014)
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Morris, J., J. Farrell, H. Kheshgi, H. Thomann, Y.-H. Chen, S. Paltsev and H. Herzog (2019). International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 87, 170-187 (doi: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2019.05.016) [PDF]
Special Report
Herzog, H., J. Morris and S. Paltsev (2019). MIT Joint Program Special Report, [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Morris, J.F., J.M. Reilly and Y-H.H. Chen (2019). Energy Economics, 80 (476-490) (doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2019.01.034) [PDF]

News + Media

News Release
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
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Oct 23, 2019
News Release
MIT News | 
Jun 28, 2019