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Energy & Environment

Professor Barnes participates in the first-ever field laboratory for the long-term study of shale gas resources.

As the Appalachian Region feels the impact of the burgeoning shale-energy industry, a consortium of researchers and industrial partners led by West Virginia University, with the assistance of The Ohio State University, will conduct the first-ever long-term, comprehensive field study of a natural resource that has changed the country’s – and the world’s – energy supply. The site also offers a unique opportunity to enable an open, collaborative and integrated program of science and technology development and testing to minimize environmental impacts while maximizing economic benefits.

Visiting scholar to research energy policy similarities between Kosovo, West Virginia.

Venera Demukaj, an economics professor at American University in Kosovo and Fulbright Scholar, is spending the next three months at West Virginia University conducting research and collaborating with faculty in the Department of Public Administration. Her research “UN Protectorates and Natural Resource Use: Case Study of Kosovo,” examines the link between institutional development and efficient use of natural resources.

Professor Farah is an international expert in the interaction among trade, economic globalization and non-trade concerns, such as sustainable development, energy, environment and human rights with a special focus on China and other Asian countries. His recent presentations include:

“China’s Endeavor toward an Ecological Civilization: From Theory to Practice in a Global Concern” at the Institute for Global Law and Policy – IGLP Annual Conference 2015 at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, USA, June 1-2, 2015

“China and the Exploitation of Natural Resources: Sovereignty or Regional and International Concern?” at the 2015 ILA International Law Association – ASIL American Society of International Law – Asia-Pacific Research Forum “Integrating the Asia-Pacific: Why International Law Matters?”, organized by the Chinese (Taiwan) Society of International Law, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, May 25-26, 2015

“Global Governance and Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Information Society: at the Crossroads of Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation” at The 12th Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Annual Conference – “Law 2.0: New Challenges in Asia” held at the Asian Law Institute (ASLI) and the National Taiwan University (NTU), May 21 – 22, 2015

“Toward an Ecological Civilization in China” at the UPEACE Research Colloquium 2015, Peaceful Coexistence: Genders, Natures and Technologies in the Anthropocene, United Nations Mandate-University for Peace, San José, Costa Rica, April 27-30, 2015