Hélène M. Benveniste

STEP Ph.D. student

Born and raised in Brittany, France, Hélène has developed a passion for interdisciplinary approaches to solve the climate change challenge. As part of her Ph.D. studies in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, she focuses on quantifying economic impacts of climate change in terms of migrations and conflict risks, using integrated assessment models. She is also interested in international environmental agreements design, as well as ethics of scientific communication on climate change.

Before graduating with a MSc in science and executive engineering and a minor in geostatistics and applied probabilities from Mines ParisTech, she was a research fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado where she developed a statistical tool for scoring extreme climate events forecasts. She then started her career as deputy attaché for energy at the French Embassy in Germany, and as such followed the development and implementation of the German energy transition. Right before joining the Woodrow Wilson School, Hélène worked as a research engineer and project manager on an expertise mission for the French government; the mission, linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), aimed at assessing the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) presented by countries ahead of COP21, and used as a new tool for climate negotiations.


Impacts of nationally determined contributions on 2030 global greenhouse gas emissions: uncertainty analysis and distribution of emissions”  Benveniste H., O. Boucher, C. Guivarch, H. Le Treut, and P. Criqui, Environmental Research Letters, 2018, 13, 1, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaa0b9.

Nations' pledges to reduce emissions and the 2oC objective”. O. Boucher, H. Benveniste, and C. Guivarch, EOS, 2016, 97, doi: 10.1029/2016EO052397.

In the wake of Paris, new directions for climate change research”. O. Boucher, V. Bellassen, H. Benveniste, P. Ciais, P. Criqui, C. Guivarch, H. Le Treut, S. Mathy, and R. Séférian, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2016, 113, 7287-7290, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1607739113.

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