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Establishing a Durable Governance Framework for Energy Policy - Workshop Participants

February 14 – 15, 2013

Cambridge, Massachusetts


Workshop Organizers

Dallas Burtraw
Senior Fellow and Darius Gaskins Chair
Resources for the Future

Ann Carlson
Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law
Faculty Co-Director, Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

Robert W. Fri
Visiting Scholar
Resources for the Future


Stephen D. Ansolabehere
Professor of Government
Harvard University

Douglas Arent
Executive Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jan Beyea
Chief Scientist
Consulting in the Public Interest

William Boyd
Associate Professor of Law
Director, Energy Innovation Initiative
University of Colorado Law School

Jody Freeman
Archibald Cox Professor of Law
Director, Environmental Law and Policy Program
Harvard Law School

Kelly Sims Gallagher
Director, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy;
Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy,
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Tufts University

John D. Graham
Dean, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University

Marilu Hastings
Environment Program Director
The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Daniel M. Kammen
Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Department of Nuclear Engineering
Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory
University of California, Berkeley

Nathaniel Keohane
Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund;
Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Richard Lazarus
Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

M. Granger Morgan
Head, Department of Engineering and Public Policy
University and Lord Chair Professor in Engineering
Director, Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making
Director, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Carnegie Mellon University

Edward A. Parson
Dan and Rae Emmett Professor of Environmental Law
Faculty Co-Director, Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

Eric Patashnik
Professor of Public Policy and Politics, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
University of Virginia

Barry Rabe
J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Director, Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy
University of Michigan

Richard L. Revesz
Dean and Lawrence King Professor of Law
New York University School of Law

Maxine L. Savitz
Vice President, National Academy of Engineering;
Vice-Chair, President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology;
General Manager of Technology Partnerships (ret.), Honeywell, Inc.

William M. Shobe
Professor of Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
Director, Center for Economic and Policy Studies
University of Virginia

Adele Smith Simmons
Chicago Metropolis Strategies

Mitchell P. Smith
Professor and Chair of International and Area Studies
Director, European Union Center
University of Oklahoma

Robert N. Stavins
Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, Environment and Natural Resources Program
Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
Harvard Kennedy School

David A. Weisbach
Walter J. Blum Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School;
Senior Fellow, Computation Institute of the University of Chicago
and Argonne National Laboratory

Elizabeth J. Wilson
Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and Law,
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota


To meet growing energy demands and the parallel challenge of confronting climate change, society must embrace and implement new technologies. The Alternative Energy Future project examines how to facilitate the adoption of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies using knowledge from the social and behavioral sciences.

In the News

Energy Research & Social Science
Huffington Post

Highlighted Activities

Project co-chairs Maxine L. Savitz and Robert W. Fri discuss the Alternative Energy Future project at a briefing on Academy research projects and studies, October 2013

Watch Project Chair Robert W. Fri deliver introductory remarks about The Alternative Energy Future project at The National Press Club, April 25, 2012, Washington, D.C.

View the full briefing.

Featured Publication

Beyond Technology: Strengthening Energy Policy through Social Science presents an agenda for social-science research on energy and recommends five strategies for enhancing collaboration between social scientists and policy-makers.

Beyond Technology was cited at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Quadrennial Technology Review as evidence of the importance of applying social science expertise to the design of energy technologies and policies.

Download the report.

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