Yeong Jae Kim is a junior scientist at EIEE. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy (Environmental Economics) from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.
His main interest is in applied economic analysis, with a focus on the dynamics of innovation, technology transfer, green growth, and the economic impacts of environmental and energy policies. He is closely working with Professor Elena Verdolini (EIEE and Università degli Studi di Brescia). He is particularly interested in an empirical analysis using state-of-the-art methods to examine the impact of environmental and energy policies on various metrics of innovation and economic performance. He is currently working on the Horizon 2020 project INNOPATHS, ENGAGE, and NAVIGATE, a major effort to characterise the EU energy transition, highlighting systemic barriers and enablers.
Prior to joining EIEE, he was a senior researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the U.K. He worked on the project called SET-Nav. During the project, he operationalised a conceptual framework of energy technology innovation systems developed by Professors Arnulf Grubler (IIASA), Kelly Gallagher (Tufts), Greg Nemet (Wisconsin), and Charlie Wilson (Tyndall). He extended and developed a comprehensive set of indicators to measure influential innovation system processes and applied it in several empirical contexts.