Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy is Where the World Connects for Energy Policy. 

CGEP seeks to enrich the quality of energy dialogue and policy by providing an independent and nonpartisan platform for timely, balanced analysis and actionable recommendations to address today’s most pressing energy challenges.

Making smart energy policy choices requires approaching energy as a complex and multifaceted system in which policymakers must balance economic, security and environmental priorities. Too often, the public debate is dominated by platitudes and polarization. To foster informed discussion and provide balanced analysis, the Center convenes energy leaders, produces policy-relevant research, and trains students to become the next generation of energy scholars, executives and policymakers. The Center leverages its location in New York City and proximity to financial markets, business and policymakers to inform its work.

Based at one of the world’s great research universities, the Center combines academic research with the experience of senior energy experts from government, academia, industry and non- governmental organizations. The result is robust, accessible and actionable analysis, which the Center disseminates through public forums, research, roundtable discussions, conferences and the media. In addition to its ability to harness the world-class faculty of Columbia across many disciplines, the Center utilizes the University’s global reach through its physical centers in key energy countries including Brazil, Turkey, India and China.

Our Partners

Academic Steering Committee members

CGEP is supported by an Academic Steering Committee composed of leading faculty in relevant fields at Columbia University. The committee provides intellectual guidance and support for our research and programs around the world. 

Dr. Scott Barrett: Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of International and Public Affairs

Travis Bradford: Associate Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs & Director, Energy and Environment Concentration, School of International and Public Affairs

Steve Cohen: Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute; Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs

Dr. Alex Cooley: Director, Harriman Institute; Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barndard 

Dr. Tim Frye: Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy, Columbia University 

Michael B. Gerrard: Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice & Director, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Dr. Geoffrey M. Heal: Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School

Dr. Peter Keleman: Arthur D. Storke Professor & Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

Safwan Masri: Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development; Director, Columbia Global Centers | Amman; Faculty, Columbia Business School

Dr. Vijay Modi: Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Alissa Park: Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science & Director, Lenfest Center for Sustinable Energy, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Ken Prewitt: Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs; Special Advisor to the President of Columbia University 

Dr. Wolfram Schlenker: Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs

Dr. Steve Sestanovich: Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor for the Practice of International Diplomacy, School of International and Public Affairs

Dr. Jan Svjenar: Director, Center on Global Economic Governance, James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy, School of International and Public Affairs


Columbia University Resources

In addition to CGEP's formal affiliation with Columbia University's Earth Institute, CGEP partners with and supports research across the University network related to energy and environment issues.

Energy, Environment and Climate

Geopolitics and Foreign Policy

Economics and Business