After receiving his PhD in Physics from Cambridge University in 1984, Hadi Dowlatabadi worked at Carnegie Mellon University (1984-7, 1991-2001), Resources for the Future (1987-91) and the Rockefeller Foundation (1988-9). Currently, he is a Professor with UBC's Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability and with UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues.
Since childhood, Mr. Dowlatabadi has been fascinated by the frontiers of technology. At university he came to understand uncertainty in the performance and economics of unproven technology and the impact of these on choices and public policy, subsequently trying to apply systematic thinking to energy technology evaluation and policy. Soon, he learned that technical performance and economics need to be augmented with environmental and social impacts of technologies. Hence, his work can be characterized as explorations into understanding how these issues interact dynamically and into what we don't (or can't) know about them before we have to make decisions.
This journey has taken Mr. Dowlatabadi from a degree in physics to numerous other areas which have taught him things he would have otherwise never dreamed of encountering. But curiosity and a desire to see if "we can do better" have been too strong a driver to keep him nearer to his disciplinary home.
Research projects include:
-- Equity in energy markets and implications for climate policy
-- Second best approaches to adapting to climate change
-- Adaptive learning, self righting sysemts and heurtistic responses in complex/ uncertain conditions
-- Cogeneration as a means of improving energy efficiency, environmental quality and system security
-- Climate change, energy policy and indoor and outdoor air quality
-- Industrial complexes and their evolution in response to market and environmental pressures
-- Towards a health-outcome based approach to water quality management
-- Learning and evaluation in water management projects