Morris, Jennifer

Jennifer Morris
Joint Program Principal Research Scientist





Focus Areas

Infrastructure & Investment, Energy Transition, Policy Scenarios, Regional Analysis, Multi-Sector Dynamics


Research Interests:

Dr. Jennifer Morris is a Principal 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

Journal Article
Mignone, B.K., L. Clarke, J. A. Edmonds, A. Gurgel, H.J. Herzog, J.X. Johnson, D.S. Mallapragada, H. McJeon, J. Morris, P. R. O’Rourke, S. Paltsev, S.K. Rose, D.C. Steinberg and A. Venkatesh (2024). Nature Communications, 15(3938) (doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-47059-0)
Journal Article
O’Neill, B.C., J. Morris, J. Lamontagne, J. Weyant and M. Wise (2024). Earth's Future, 12(5) (doi: 10.1029/2023EF004343)
Journal Article
Gurgel, A., J. Reilly, J. Morris, C.A. Schlosser, X. Gao, M. Yuan and K. Tapia- Ahumada (2024). Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 29(27) (doi: 10.1007/s11027-024-10119-3)
Journal Article
Desport, L., A. Gurgel, J. Morris, H. Herzog, Y-H.H. Chen, S. Selosse and S. Paltsev (2023). Energy Economics, 129, 107244 (doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2023.107244)
Journal Article
Benavides, K., A. Gurgel, J. Morris, B. Mignone, B. Chapman, H. Kheshgi, H. Herzog and S. Paltsev, (2023). International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 131, 103963 (doi: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2023.103963)

News + Media

News Release
Global Changes - Spring 2024 Newsletter | 
Jun 18, 2024
News Release
MIT Latif Jameel Water & Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) | 
Jun 04, 2024
In The News
MIT Climate Portal | 
May 20, 2024
Joint Program News | 
Apr 04, 2024
Joint Program News | 
Mar 19, 2024
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Mar 18, 2024
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Oct 06, 2023