Jonas Nahm Keynote Speaker

  • Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • Author of "Collaborative Advantage: Forging Green Industries in the New Global Economy"
  • Former MIT Energy Fellow

Jonas Nahm's Biography

Jonas Nahm is Assistant Professor of Energy, Resources, and Environment at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.

Jonas’ research focuses on the intersection of economic and industrial policy, energy policy, and environmental politics. He studies the role of the state in processes of industrial restructuring that accompany policy responses to climate change and clean energy transitions more broadly. His work uses clean energy transitions in China, Germany, and the United States to engage two debates in comparative political economy: (1) the role of the state in shaping the international division of labor in highly globalized industries, and (2) sources of state capacity in interest group politics during periods of industrial restructuring.

Jonas’ book, Collaborative Advantage: Forging Green Industries in the New Global Economy, uses the development of renewable energy sectors to investigate the political economy of innovation and industrial development in highly globalized industries. In the decades before international economic integration made it easier for firms from around the world to work together on tasks ranging from production to innovation, differences in national capitalisms yielded equally distinct national industrial specializations for production, innovation, and competitiveness. Globalization has since challenged the primacy of nation states by moving beyond their territorial reach many of the activities that now make up the global economy. Globalization not only continues to be mediated by domestic institutions but it also causes persistent and consequential divergence of such institutions and national industrial specializations over time.

Prior to SAIS, Jonas Nahm was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT and speaks German and Mandarin Chinese.

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