In a rare honor, Michael Greenstone, Faculty Director at the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago, has been selected for the Andrew Carnegie Fellowships. Considered among one of the most prestigious fellowships of its type, it awards grants to extraordinary scholars “whose groundbreaking work decodes some of the world’s most intractable problems”.
Prof. Michael Greenstone and his colleague, Benjamin Lessing, assistant professor at the University of Chicago are among the 32 fellows chosen from nearly 300 nominations. The fellowship provides scholars in the social sciences and humanities with up to $200,000 to support research.
Greenstone, a leading energy and environmental economist and also the director at Becker Friedman Institute for Economics and the Energy Policy Institute at UChicago, will use his Carnegie fellowship to focus on advancing understanding of the social and economic costs of climate change. The fellowship will help Greenstone in his efforts to communicate the results to a wide range of stakeholders.
“I look forward to using this as an opportunity to improve both academic and societal understanding of the impacts of climate change at the local level. There is a tremendous opportunity to move beyond talking about climate changes in abstract terms, like global mean temperature changes—after all no one actually lives at the mean. Climate change will affect the lives of people around the world, but the effects will be very different in Anchorage and Mumbai. We are at the dawn of an era where advances in computing and access to new data allow us to gain insight into these differences and uncover how local communities and nations can best respond,” said Greenstone, who also serves as co-director of the Climate Impact Lab, which is producing empirically grounded estimates of the local and global impacts of climate change.
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