Laura Nowzohour, PhD Candidate in International Economics, joined CIES in January 2018.
In July, CIES gave me the opportunity to spend two weeks at the University of Ottawa to attend a summer school on the Economics of Environ¬mental Policy and Innovation organized by Prof. Carolyn Fischer. The topics included the Porter hypothesis, policy interactions with induced innovation, overlapping policies in the presence of multiple market failures, the green paradox and directed technical change. Apart from engaged and renowned lecturers, among them my supervisor Dr. Joelle Noailly, I also had the chance to present my own research on the effect of policy uncertainty on the transition to clean technologies. I am writing this paper as part of the NRP73 Project on Financing Investments in Clean Technologies and it was my first experience presenting outside of the “comfort zone” fenced by IHEID – an opportunity I would not have wanted to miss as the audience was very diverse and thus able to give critical but valuable feedback from different angles I had not considered before.
During all this, I also enjoyed connecting with fellow PhD and master students, both from local universities as well as from a wide range of other places. It was both reassuring and inspiring to discuss my research with junior researchers working in the same field. And, of course, we also spend time enjoying Ottawa in the summer. The friendships I formed there are still active now that up to 10 hours of flight divide us – one might be surprised how much common interests and, particularly, common struggles can bond.