Prof. Jennie C. Stephens

Jennie C. Stephens is a feminist climate justice scholar-activist and energy democracy advocate. She is Professor of Climate Justice at the ICARUS Climate Research Centre at Maynooth University in Ireland, and she is the author of Climate Justice and the University: Shaping a Hopeful Future for All (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2024) and Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy (Island Press, 2020). Her work focuses on reclaiming and restructuring higher education to better leverage its power for the transformative changes that are needed for a hopeful future. Her research also studies climate obstruction, fossil fuel phaseout, and financial innovations for climate justice. She was a 2023-2024 Climate Justice Fellow at Harvard-Radcliffe, and was previously a professor at Northeastern University, University of Vermont, and Clark University. She earned her PhD at the California Institute of Technology and her BA at Harvard University.


  • Plenary 2: What is the role of universities in rethinking growth, promoting a just transition and advancing climate justice?