Winchester, Niven

Niven Winchester
Principal Research Scientist, Joint Program





Focus Areas

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


Research Interests:
Climate and energy policy, applied general equilibrium modeling, international trade

Dr. Niven Winchester is a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. His research focuses on analyses of climate, energy and trade policies using applied general equilibrium models. Recent studies assess the effectiveness of border carbon adjustments, China’s trade-embodied CO2 emissions, the feasibility, costs, and environmental implications of large-scale biomass energy, and the economic and emissions impacts of US aviation biofuel goals.

Dr. Winchester’s research has been published in leading academic journals and it has informed several organizations on policy issues, including the OECD, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He also has an interest in sports economics and his research on sports ranking systems was responsible for changing the bonus point system used in Super Rugby in 2016.

Dr. Winchester is a founding co-editor of the Journal of Global Economic Analysis and he was awarded Global Trade Analysis Project Research Fellowship for outstanding research in 2013. Prior to joining MIT, he held a faculty position at the University of Otago and earned a PhD 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
 • China Energy & Climate Project
Zhang, X., N. Winchester and X. Zhang (2017). Joint Program Report Series Report 310, April, 12 p. [PDF]
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). March, 32 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Winchester, N. and K. Ledvina (2016). Joint Program Report Series Report 304, October, 12 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Gavard, C., N. Winchester and S. Paltsev (2016). Energy Economics, 58(August 2016): 95–104 [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Winchester, N., K. Ledvina, K. Strzepek and J.M. Reilly (2016). Joint Program Report Series Report 300, July, 20 p. [PDF]

News + Media

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