Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Urpelainen’s research focuses on environmental and energy issues. He is interested in identifying feasible political strategies and policy instruments that contribute to a more sustainable society. Current research priorities include strategies to ensure the sustainable growth of renewable energy in industrialized and emerging economies, policies and business models for providing energy access to the poor in developing countries, solutions to partisan conflicts over the environment in American politics, and strategies to dismantle fossil fuel subsidies.
Discusses the political history and future of renewable energy.
Offers theory and evidence on the detrimental role of national oil companies in perpetuating fossil fuel subsidies.
Analyzes when and how governments invest into the development of sustainable energy sources and manage their growth over time.
Examines the role of International Renewable Energy Agency in the promotion of renewable energy.
Discusses general political economy theory of climate policy in the energy sector.
Talks and Briefings
Urpelainen has given 20-30 public talks on environmental and energy issues.