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Ian Gray

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

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Ian Gray is a Post-doctoral Fellow of the French Institute for Research and Innovation in Society (IFRIS), affiliated with the Centre Alexandre Koyré (CAK) at the Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and also holds a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ian is interested in how environmental problems become economic problems and the gradual but contested integration of knowledge from the earth system sciences into different arenas of economic and administrative decision-making. His current research is focused on the politics of calculating and preparing for the impacts of climate change in financial markets.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States Congo, Democratic Republic of the France

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Scientific assessments Renewable energy

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Ian Gray. 2022. “Damage Functions”. In N. Axel, N. Hirsch, D. Barber, & A. Vidokle (Eds.), Accumulation: The art, architecture, and media of climate change. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Ian Gray. 2021. “The Treadmill of protection: How public finance constrains climate adaptation.” The Anthropocene Review, 8(2): 196-218.

Ian Gray & Stephanie Barral. 2021. “A (rapid) climate audit of economic sociology.” The European Electronic Newsletter of Economic Sociology 22(3): 4-9.

Ian Gray. 2021. “Hazardous simulations: Pricing climate risk in U.S. coastal insurance markets.” Economy and Society 50(2): 196-223.

Ian Gray. 2017. “Marketization as Political Technology: Unintended consequences of climate finance in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Economy and Society 43(3-4): 545-575.