Johannes Urpelainen is the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is also theDirector of the ERE Program and the Founding Director of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP).
Professor Urpelainen develops and tests sustainable solutions to the problem of lacking energy access in emerging economies. His research with ISEP, a groundbreaking research initiative on sustainable energy policy, offers pragmatic but effective approaches to providing the world’s population with affordable and abundant energy at minimal environmental impact. Professor Urpelainen has published extensively with a focus on India, on topics such as energy access, the political economy of the energy transition, energy poverty etc.
At SAIS, Professor Urpelainen teaches action-oriented classes on energy and environmental policy to equip the next generation of global leaders with deep knowledge, advanced analytical skills — and a passion for transformational social change. An award-winning author of over a hundred refereed articles and four books, he advises governments, international organizations, civil society groups, and the private sector on sustainable energy.