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Kate Griffiths

Kate Griffiths

Kate Griffiths is a Senior Associate at Grattan Institute. Prior to joining Grattan, Kate worked for The Boston Consulting Group with clients in the energy and health sectors, and in science and research policy for the Australian Government. Kate holds a Masters in Science from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the Australian National University.

Kate Griffiths reviews 'Blackout: How is energy-rich Australia running out of electricity?' by Matthew Warren

June–July 2019, no. 412 23 May 2019
Australia’s energy transition has been hotly debated for a decade, and it doesn’t look set to cool anytime soon. Blackout: How is energy-rich Australia running out of electricity? offers readers the chance to be an informed participant in the debate. For more than a century, decisions about our electricity system have been left to the experts – the electrical engineers and policy wonks who k ... (read more)

Kate Griffiths reviews 'Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States' by James C. Scott

March 2018, no. 399 22 February 2018
The old narrative goes that first we were hunter–gatherers, then we discovered farming, then agricultural communities ‘progressed’ to states and, eventually, industrial cities. This ‘progression’ is supposedly how humans became ‘civilised’. This old narrative has been debunked by many. In Against the Grain: A deep history of the earliest states, James C. Scott explores why the ideas ... (read more)

Kate Griffiths reviews 'Sunlight and Seaweed: An argument for how to feed, power, and clean up the world' by Tim Flannery

October 2017, no. 395 28 September 2017
The world is embarking on a journey to a clean energy future. Some places are well on their way; most have barely begun. We will all need to get there eventually. How long it takes comes down to political choices, economic realities, and technological breakthroughs. The consequences of delay are already well known. In Sunlight and Seaweed, Tim Flannery takes a close look at the potential solutions ... (read more)