My research aims to understand how technology can help solve social problems. Much of my work focuses on the consequences of energy production and use for the environment, human health, and for equity. I employ quantitative decision analysis, buttressed by qualitative insight, to understand how economic, political, and operational realities constrain technology deployment.
I focus on finding strategies to decarbonize the economy, and to adapt to the warming that has and will occur even if we cut greenhouse gas emissions very rapidly. These strategies must promote environmental, energy, and economic justice to be truly sustainable, and—in a democratic society—to be feasible at all. As such, my research focuses not only on the benefits and costs of different strategies but pays careful attention to who reaps the benefits and who bears the costs. My projects fall into two broad categories:
- The environmental consequences of electrification
- The consequences of automation for the environment, equity, and work
HONORS & AWARDS:
Second runner up of the ES&T Best Paper Award for Best Policy Article in 2020! Parth Vaishnav and Adilla Mulia Fatimah. The Environmental Consequences of Electrifying Space Heating. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2020, 54 (16), pp 9814–9823.
- Heat Pumps Can Lower Home Emissions, but Not Everywhere
- Home Heat Pumps Could Cut Pollution and Save Money
- Could residential heat pumps be part of the climate solution?
- How Electric Vehicles are Charged Relates to Decrease in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Electric delivery vehicles: When, where, how they’re charged has big impact on greenhouse gas emissions
- Can running an air conditioner in reverse save the planet?
- SEAS Projects Chosen for U-M Carbon Neutrality Acceleration Program Awards in First Round