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Johannes Urpelainen

Non-Resident Fellow


Dr. Johannes Urpelainen is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy. In his full-time capacity he is a tenured faculty member at SAIS at John’s Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on environmental policy, energy poverty, and international cooperation and institutions. The goal of his research is to find effective solutions to the crisis of sustainability at the global, national, and local levels. Humanity has access to a variety of techno-economic solutions that would allow all living beings to live a fulfilling life for millennia to come. However, our political institutions have been unable to stop the destruction of life on the planet.

My research focuses on developing and testing practical, transformative, and politically feasible solutions to our greatest problems. I work with companies, governments, non-governmental organizations, and social movements. 

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Power of the River: Introducing the Global Dam Tracker (GDAT)

Dams are a major source of electricity globally, with hydropower generating 16 percent of the world’s total electricity and 71 percent of all renewable electricity in 2016. Many developing countries possess great untapped hydropower potential. Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, is estimated to have tapped less than 8 percent of its hydropower potential.

Reports by Alice Tianbo Zhang, Johannes Urpelainen & Wolfram Schlenker • November 19, 2018
Power of the River:  Introducing the Global Dam Tracker (GDAT)
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