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David Reiner

David Reiner

University Senior Lecturer in Technology Policy
Director of the MPhil in Technology Policy Programme

BSc (McGill University), MA (Princeton University), PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Research interests

National climate change policies; social and political acceptability of low-carbon technologies; public views of the subsurface including fracking and carbon capture and storage technologies, energy demand, international environmental negotiations; policy design; public perceptions of energy technologies, regulatory policy; competition policy; science policy and communicating science and technology.

Subject group: Economics & Policy

Professional experience

Dr Reiner is a political scientist and is currently University Senior Lecturer in Technology Policy and Programme Director of the MPhil in Technology Policy, a joint offering of Cambridge Judge Business School and Cambridge University Engineering Department. David has advised government, industry and non-governmental organisations on energy and environmental policy, with a particular emphasis on the politics of climate change and the social acceptability of carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) and other energy technologies including smart meters and shale gas. He is frequently interviewed in national and international media including the BBC World Service, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

David is also Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Research Group, and is a Research Associate of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research and the Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies Program, both at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He sits on the EPRG management committee and the steering committee of the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Programme's Social Research Network. He has provided both written and oral testimony before the House of Commons Committee on Science and Technology and the Committee on Energy and Climate Change and contributed to the World Economic Forum in Davos and Moscow. He is the recipient of research grants from the European Commission, UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, Natural Environment Research Council and the Department of Trade and Industry.

Previous appointments

Dr Reiner joined Cambridge Judge Business School from MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the Laboratory for Energy and Environment. He has also taught in the Political Science Department at Tufts University and the Graduate School of International Studies in Geneva.

Selected publications

Here are a selection of David Reiner's publications. Please see the "Selected publications" tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Liang, X. and Reiner, D.M. (2013) "The evolution of stakeholder perceptions of deploying CCS technologies in China: survey results from three stakeholder consultations in 2006, 2009 and 2012." Energy Procedia, 37: 7361-7368 (DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2013.06.677)

Ter Mors, E., Terwel, B.W., Daamen, D.D.L., Reiner, D.M. et al (2013) "A comparison of techniques used to collect informed public opinions about CCS: opinion quality after focus group discussions versus information-choice questionnaires." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 18: 256-263 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2013.07.015)

Liang, X., Reiner, D. and Li, J. (2011) "Perceptions of opinion leaders towards CCS demonstration projects in China." Applied Energy, 88(5): 1873-1885 (DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2010.10.034)

Reiner, D. and Liang, X. (2011) "Stakeholder views on financing carbon capture and storage demonstration projects in China." Environmental Science and Technology, 46(2): 643-651 (DOI: 10.1021/es203037j)

Reiner, D. (2011) "Learning lessons on carbon storage." Nature Climate Change, 1: 96-98

Liang, X., Reiner, D., Gibbins, J. and Li, J. (2010) "Getting ready for carbon capture and storage by issuing capture options." Environment and Planning A, 42(6): 1286-1307 (DOI: 10.1068/a42417)

Journal articles

Jacoby, H.D., Eckhaus, R.S., Ellerman, A.D., Prinn, R.G., Reiner, D.M. and Yang, Z. (1997) "CO2 emissions limits: economic adjustments and the distribution of burdens." Energy Journal, 18(3): 31-58

Reiner, D.M. and Jacoby, H.D. (2001) "Learning the lessons of Kyoto: viewpoint." Climate Policy, 1(2): 273-275

Jacoby, H.D. and Reiner, D.M. (2001) "Getting climate policy on track after the Hague." International Affairs, 77(2): 297-312

Babiker, M.H., Jacoby, H.D., Reilly, J.M. and Reiner, D.M. (2002) "The evolution of a climate regime: Kyoto to Marrakech and beyond." Environmental Science and Policy, 5(3): 195-206

Reiner, D.M. (2002) "Whither Kyoto? Ten years of climate change policymaking." Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 4(1): 127-133

Reiner, D.M. and H.J. Herzog (2004) "Developing a set of regulatory analogs for carbon sequestration." Energy, 29(9/10): 1561-1570

Reiner, D.M. (2004) "Environnement: le refus de la discipline." Sociétal, 45: 122-124

Sarofim, M.C., Forest, C.E., Reiner, D.M. and Reilly, J.M. (2005) "Stabilization and global climate policy." Global and Planetary Change, 47(2-4): 266-272

de Figueiredo, M.A., Reiner, D.M. and Herzog, H.J. (2005) "Framing the long-term in situ liability issue for geologic carbon storage in the United States." Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 10(4): 647-657

Reiner, D. (2006) "Who's feeling the heat?" Conservation in Practice, 7(2): 40-41

Reiner, D.M., Curry, T.E., de Figueiredo, M.A., Herzog, H.J., Ansolabehere, S.D., Itaoka, K., Johnsson, F. and Odenberger, M. (2006) "American exceptionalism? Similarities and differences in national attitudes towards energy policy and global warming." Environmental Science and Technology (Washington), 40(7): 2093-2098

Reiner, D.M., Curry, T.E., de Figueiredo, M.A., Herzog, H.J., Ansolabehere, S.D., Itaoka, K., Johnsson, F. and Odenberger, M. (2006) "Response to comment on "American exceptionalism? Similarities and differences in national attitudes toward energy policy and global warming"." Environmental Science and Technology (Washington), 40(21): 6866 (DOI: 10.1021/es068009+)

Guan, D., Hubacek, K., Weber, C.L., Peters, G.P. and Reiner, D.M. (2008) "The drivers of Chinese CO2 emissions from 1980 to 2030." Global Environmental Change, 18(4): 626-634 (DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2008.08.001)

Chyong Chi, K., Nuttall, W.J. and Reiner, D.M. (2008) "Dynamics of the UK natural gas industry: system dynamics modelling and long-term energy policy analysis." Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 76(3): 339-357 (DOI 10.1016/j.techfore.2008.06.002)

Noël, P. and Reiner, D.M. (2008) "Energie et changement climatique: la politique de l'administration Bush et le debat public american." Vingtieme Siecle, 97: 89-108

de Coninck, H., Flach, T., Curnow, P., Richardson, P., Anderson, J., Shackley, S., Sigurthorsson, G. and Reiner, D. (2009) "The acceptability of CO2 capture and storage (CCS) in Europe: an assessment of the key determining factors: Part 1. Scientific, technical and economic dimensions." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 3(3): 333-343 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2008.07.009)

Shackley, S., Reiner, D., Upham, P., de Coninck, H., Sigurthorsson, G. and Anderson, J. (2009) "The acceptability of CO2 capture and storage (CCS) in Europe: an assessment of the key determining factors: Part 2. The social acceptability of CCS and the wider impacts and repercussions of its implementation." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 3(3): 344-356 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2008.09.004)

Liang, X., Reiner, D., Gibbins, J., Li, J. (2009) "Assessing the value of CO2 capture ready in new-build pulverised coal-fired power plants in China." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 3(6): 787-792

Guan, D. and Reiner, D.M. (2009) "Emissions affected by trade among developing countries." Nature, 462(7270): 164 (DOI: 10.1038/462159b)

Johnsson, F., Reiner, D., Itaoka, K. and Herzog, H. (2009) "Stakeholder attitudes on carbon capture and storage - an international comparison." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 4(2): 410-418 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2009.09.006)

Liang, X., Reiner, D., Gibbins, J. and Li, J. (2010) "Getting ready for carbon capture and storage by issuing capture options." Environment and Planning A, 42(6): 1286-1307 (DOI: 10.1068/a42417)

Liang, X., Reiner, D. and Li, J. (2011) "Perceptions of opinion leaders towards CCS demonstration projects in China." Applied Energy, 88(5): 1873-1885 (DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2010.10.034)

Reiner, D. and Liang, X. (2011) "Stakeholder views on financing carbon capture and storage demonstration projects in China." Environmental Science and Technology, 46(2): 643-651 (DOI: 10.1021/es203037j)

Reiner, D. (2011) "Learning lessons on carbon storage." Nature Climate Change, 1: 96-98

Liang, X. and Reiner, D.M. (2013) "The evolution of stakeholder perceptions of deploying CCS technologies in China: survey results from three stakeholder consultations in 2006, 2009 and 2012." Energy Procedia, 37: 7361-7368 (DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2013.06.677)

Ter Mors, E., Terwel, B.W., Daamen, D.D.L., Reiner, D.M. et al (2013) "A comparison of techniques used to collect informed public opinions about CCS: opinion quality after focus group discussions versus information-choice questionnaires." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 18: 256-263 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2013.07.015)

Books, monographs, reports & case studies

Newbery, D., Reiner, D., Jamasb, T., Steinberg, R., Toxvaerd, F. and Noël, P. (2009) Carbon capture and storage (CCS): analysis of incentives and rules in a European repeated game situation. London: UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Book chapters

Reiner, D.M. (2006) "From public understanding to public policy: public views on energy, technology and climate science in the United States." In Cannon, J. and Sperling, D. (eds.): Driving climate change. Burlington, MA: Elsevier Press, pp.201-216

Reiner, D.M., Gibbins, J. and Holloway, S. (2008) Bridging technologies: can carbon capture and storage offer a bridge to a sustainable energy future in the UK? In: Grubb, M., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M.G. (eds.) Delivering a low-carbon electricity system. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.414-442

Atoche-Kong, C., Nuttall, W.J., Cobas-Flores, E. and Reiner, D.M. (2010) "Embracing the opportunities of a carbon constrained world: strategic options for global cement companies." In van Geenhuizen, M. Nuttall, W. and Gibson, D. (eds.): Energy and innovation: structural change and policy implications. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, pp.311-342

Conference papers

Curry, T., Reiner, D.M., Ansolabehere, S. and Herzog, H.J. (2004) "How aware is the public of carbon capture and storage?" In Rubin, E.S., Keith, D.W. and Gilboy, C.F. (eds.) Proceedings of the International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies: vol.1: Peer-reviewed papers and plenary presentations (7th), 5-9 September 2004, Vancouver, Canada. Cheltenham: IEA Greenhouse Gas Programme, pp.[1-9]

Working papers

Bugnion, V. and Reiner, D.M. (1999) "A game of climate chicken: can EPA regulate greenhouse gases before the U.S. ratifies the Kyoto Protocol?" Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Report No.57

Reiner, D.M. (2006) "From public understanding to public policy: public views on energy, technology and climate science in the United States." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0607. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Reiner, D.M. (2007) "2006 EPRG public opinon survey on energy security: policy preferences and personal behaviour." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0706. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Liang, X., Reiner, D., Gibbins, J. and Li, J. (2007) "Financing capture ready coal-fired power plants in China by issuing capture options." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0728. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Reiner, D.M. (2008) "A looming rhetorical gap: a survey of public communications activities for carbon dioxide capture and storage technologies." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0801. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Liang, X., Reiner, D. and Neuhoff, K. (2008) "Current legal and institutional frameworks for investing in lower carbon electricity in China." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG0828. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Chyong Chi, K., Reiner, D.M. and Nuttall, W.J. (2009) "Dynamics of the UK natural gas industry: system dynamics modelling and long-term energy policy analysis." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG0913. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Reiner, D.M. and Nuttall, W.J. (2009) "Public and social acceptability of geological disposal of carbon dioxide and radioactive waste: similarities and differences." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG0918. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Chyong, C.K., Noël, P. and Reiner, D.M. (2010) "The economics of the Nord Stream pipeline system." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG1026. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Chan, J.H. and Reiner, D. (2011) "Dynamics of evolution in the global fuel-ethanol industry." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG1111. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Platchkov, L., Pollitt, M.G., Reiner, D. and Shaorshadze, I. (2011) "2010 EPRG Public Opinion Survey: policy preferences and energy saving measures." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG1122. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

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Contact details

David Reiner
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Tel: +44 (0)1223 339616
Fax: +44 (0)1223 339701

d.reiner@jbs.cam.ac.uk