“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
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Gernot Wagner is a research associate at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a lecturer on Environmental Science and Public Policy, the executive director of Harvard's Solar Geoengineering Research Program, an associate at the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, and an associate at the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
He wrote Climate Shock, jointly with Harvard's Martin Weitzman and published by Princeton University Press (2015, paperback 2016), a Top 15 Financial Times McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2015, now also Austria's Natural Science Book of the Year 2017 and But will the planet notice?, published by Hill & Wang/Farrar Strauss & Giroux (2011, paperback 2012).
He teaches "Climate Policy—Past, Present, and Future" at Harvard College. Previously, he taught energy economics as adjunct associate professor at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (2011 – 2015) and at NYU Stern School of Business (2016).
He served as economist at the Environment Defense Fund (2008 – 2016), most recently as lead senior economist (2014 – 2016) and member of its Leadership Council (2015 – 2016).
He holds a joint bachelor's magna cum laude with highest honors in environmental science, public policy, and economics, and a master’s and Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard, as well as a master’s in economics from Stanford.
He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund.
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