Dominic McConnachie


  • MS, Technology and Policy Program, MIT, 2012
  • MS, Cognitive Science, Ecole Normale Supérieure, EHESS and University of Paris V, 2010
  • B.Sc, Mechatronics Engineering, University of Cape Town, 2008

Fields: Airline Industry, Climate Change Policy, Renewable Jet Fuel

Former Lab Role: Research Specialist [until 2013]


I come from Cape Town, South Africa and I recently graduated from the Technology and Policy Program at MIT. My research focuses on the interaction between climate policy and the airline industry. I use a model called The Aviation environmental Portfolio Management Tool for Economics which models airline market responses to environmental policy options. I work closely with MIT’s Joint Program to conduct global scale assessments. Analyses I have been involved in include assessing the impact of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme on United States Aviation. I am currently doing research in modeling renewable jet fuel adoption in the United States and investigating the impact of oil price volatility on the air transportation industry.

Dominic left LAE in 2013.


Publications and Presentations

“The Impact of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme on US Aviation”, R. Malina, D. McConnachie, N. Winchester, C. Wollersheim, S. Paltsev and I. A. Waitz, Journal of Air Transport Management, Volume 19, March 2012, Pages 36-41.

“Climate Policy and the Airline Industry: Emissions Trading and Renewable Jet Fuel”, D. McConnachie, SM Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 2012.