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 the Director 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.
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.
In his capacity as ERE Program Director, Professor Urpelainen’s key accomplishments include:
- Restructured faculty governance and program management
- Led program redesign: vision, learning outcomes, requirements, curriculum
- Developed an integrated research, teaching, and outreach strategy for the program
- Developed the Master of Arts in Sustainable Energy (MASE), first online degree in the school
- Managed a program with over a hundred students, twenty faculty, and three staff members across three international campuses (Washington DC, Bologna, Nanjing)
An award-winning author of over 150 refereed articles and five books, he advises governments, international organizations, civil society groups, and the private sector on sustainable energy.