Sarah Jordaan

Asst. Prof. of Energy Policy & Politics, University of Calgary

Dr. Sarah Marie Jordaan is an Assistant Professor of Energy Policy and Politics at the University of Calgary. She has over a decade of experience researching energy and the environment with award winning publications on climate policy and the water implications of energy technologies. Her research focuses on sustainability goals for energy through advancing two competing objectives for science, technology and policy: (1) short-term solutions that reduce environmental and societal impacts of current fossil fuel and energy use and (2) long-term solutions for supporting the necessary innovation and policy for the transition to a sustainable future. Both categories of solutions require the integration of diverse perspectives including economics, engineering, natural sciences, and public policy.

Her foundations in government and public policy were strengthened at Harvard University with the Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group at the Kennedy School of Government and she gained greater insight into climate science at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. She has held positions with the Electric Power Research Institute and the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at the University of California, San Diego. She earned her Ph.D. in 2010 at the University of Calgary in Environmental Design at the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Economy, and Environment. In her early career at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, she worked in science as an undergraduate research assistant in physics and later as a science technician at the Ocean Sciences Center. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Physics with a minor in Computer Science.