Valerie J. Karplus is the Class of 1943 Career Development Assistant Professor of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Karplus studies resource and environmental management in firms operating in diverse national and industry contexts, with a focus on the role of institutions and management practices in explaining performance. Karplus is an expert on China’s energy system, including technology and business model innovation, energy system governance, and the management of air pollution and climate change.  She works with a collaborative team of researchers to study the determinants of clean energy transitions in emerging markets, with projects in China, India, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She currently teaches the action learning course China and India Labs and a new, campus-wide course Global Energy: Politics Markets and Policy.

She has previously worked in the development policy section of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany, as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow, and in the biotechnology industry in Beijing, China, as a Luce Scholar. From 2011 to 2015, she directed the MIT-Tsinghua China Energy and Climate Project, a five-year research effort focused on analyzing the design of energy and climate change policy in China, and its domestic and global impacts. She is a faculty affiliate of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the MIT Energy Initiative.

She holds a BS in biochemistry and political science from Yale University and a PhD in engineering systems from MIT.

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