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Elizabeth Wilson

Associate Professor, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson


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Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson is an associate professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and Law at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Her research examines policies and institutions that support the development of carbon-managed energy systems. Recent research has examined how energy policy stakeholders in different U.S. states view emerging energy technologies like wind power or carbon-capture and sequestration and the electric power transmission system and has provided comparative analysis of different policy options chosen in state climate action programs. Another project and series of law and policy papers focused on developing regulatory and legal frameworks for carbon capture and sequestration technologies in the U.S. and China. Wilson’s research group is involved in two current research projects. The first, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (with colleagues at Princeton University and Brookhaven National Laboratory), is focused on integrated subsurface governance and risk management, reconciling potential carbon capture and sequestration projects with ongoing subsurface activities. The second project, supported by the NSF (with collaborators at Clark University and Texas A&M), explores media and stakeholder perceptions of Smart Grid technology systems.

Wilson spent the 2009-2010 academic year as a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, in Beijing, supported by McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. She was selected as a Leopold Leadership Fellow for 2011. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota she worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and before that Wilson worked in Belgium, Burundi, and Tanzania. She holds a doctorate in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a master's in human ecology from the Free University of Brussels in Belgium.