Columbia Journalism School introduces next Climate Expert in Residence, continuing support of environmental reporting
Romany Webb, Deputy Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, will be the journalism school’s in-house expert for topics related to climate change law and policy.
February 05, 2024
Romany Webb, Deputy Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, is the Spring 2024 Climate Expert in Residence at Columbia Journalism School.
As the school’s in-house expert for topics related to climate change law and policy, Webb is available for students to consult about their work.
Webb’s research explores how legal work and policy tools can be used to minimize the climate impacts of energy development. She also works to mitigate the impacts of climate change on energy infrastructure, as well as the legal issues associated with the development of negative emissions technologies.
Jelani Cobb, Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism, has endeavored to bring climate reporting to the forefront of the Columbia Journalism education, regardless of degree program. “Journalists have the unique opportunity to not only cover one of the most pressing issues of our time, but influence how we respond to it,” he said when inaugurating last semester’s Climate Expert in Residence.
Both of these positions have been filled with the support of Columbia Journalism Professor Marguerite Holloway.
Webb has served on the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Ocean Carbon Dioxide Removal and Sequestration. She co-chairs the Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.
Prior to joining the Sabin Center, Webb worked at the University of California Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, researching executive authority in the fight against climate change. Webb also was a fellow with the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she continued her research into energy policy.