SOHEIL SHAYEGH PhD
I am a scientist at the European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE) in Milano, Italy. I work with an international group of experts in the fields of climate change economic modeling and policy. In particular I have been working with Dr. Valentina Bosetti from Bocconi University on analyzing uncertainty in climate mitigation technologies.
Before that I was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship at FEEM (Milan, Italy) from 2016 to 2018. My main research focus was on mathematical modeling of the interaction between natural and human systems. In particular, I have been investigating climate change and its impact on human societies. This has led me to several directions within the field of climate change policy.
First, I am interested in exploring decision making under uncertainty and how to design a robust policy for dealing with unknowns in climate and economic systems. I have developed a novel approximation algorithm for finding optimal strategies when we are facing stochasticity and uncertainty in the system. This was the core of my PhD thesis at the school of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE) at Georgia Institute of Technology under the supervision of Dr. Valerie Thomas.
Second, I have been designing integrated assessment models that include geoengineering as an alternative climate policy. Geoengineering techniques such as Solar Radiate Management (SRM) and Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) have gained lots of attention in recent years. I have developed tools to formally assess the trade-off among mitigation and geoengineering in an uncertain environment.
Finally, I am involved in a set of collaborative projects to develop an climate economic model to account for human response to climate change in an array of options from adaptation to sea-level rise, to migration, to labor reallocation. This is the main theme of my current research project at FEEM in collaboration with Dr. Massimo Tavoni as part of a robust climate policy making in the face of various uncertainties in climate modeling and observations.
Although most of my current research is devoted to climate change policy, my academic and professional background is in engineering. I earned my Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology in 2002 and later received my master's degree in Construction Engineering and Management in 2005 from Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. I earned my second master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Systems Management from the American University of Armenia in 2007. I worked as a professional engineer in several developing projects in Kenya, the UAE, and Armenia after that.
In 2009 I joined the doctoral program In Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. After finishing my PhD program I moved to Stanford University and worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at Carnegie Institute for Science at Dr. Ken Caldeira's lab.
I have been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including two Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Graduate Student Awards in 2011 and 2013. While pursuing my degree, I interned at the Representative Rush Holt’s office in Washington D.C. in 2011. In 2012 I was awarded as a Sam-Nunn security fellow at Georgia Tech. In 2017, a paper that I co-authored was awarded the 2017 Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
My research projects are listed below. You can click on each project to learn more about the project and the list of publications and presentations related to that project.