Winchester, Niven

Niven Winchester
Principal Research Scientist, Joint Program





Focus Areas

Food, Water & Forestry, Energy, Climate Policy, Regional Analysis


Dr. Niven Winchester is Principal Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Winchester’s research focuses on analyses of climate, energy and trade policies using applied general equilibrium analysis.

Dr. Winchester has published extensively in leading peer-reviewed academic journals, including The American Economic Review, The Energy Journal, Energy Economics, and Environmental Science and Technology. Dr. Winchester has advised several organizations on trade and energy issues, including the OECD, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Dr. Winchester is founding co-editor of the Journal of Global Economic Analysis. He was named a Global Trade Analysis Project Research Fellow for the periods 2013-2016 and 2017-2020 for his contributions to the applied general equilibrium community.

Dr. Winchester also has an interest in sports economics and his research on sports ranking systems inspired a change to how major rugby competitions award league points.

Prior to joining MIT, Dr. Winchester held a faculty position at the University of Otago and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham.

Education + Credentials
Ph.D., Economics, University of Nottingham, 2002
M.Ec., Economics, Australian National University, 1997
B.Com., Economics, University of Otago, New Zealand, 1996

Recent Publications

Joint Program Report
Ledvina, K., N. Winchester, K. Strzepek and J.M. Reilly (2017). Joint Program Report Series Report 321, October, 16 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Winchester, N. (2017). Joint Program Report Series Report 318, August, 10 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Winchester, N. (2017). Joint Program Report Series Report 312, June, 12 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Winchester, N. and K. Ledvina (2017). Energy Economics, 65(June 2017): 219-227 (doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2017.05.008)
Joint Program Report
 • China Energy & Climate Project
Zhang, X., N. Winchester and X. Zhang (2017). Joint Program Report Series Report 310, April, 12 p. [PDF]

News + Media

News Release
Joint Program News | 
May 30, 2017
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Jul 28, 2016
In The News
Voice of America | 
Jun 07, 2016
Student Spotlight
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Apr 05, 2016
News Release
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Jan 15, 2015