Elizabeth J. Wilson

Academic Appointments

Director of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society

Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson is a Professor of Environmental Studies and the inaugural Director of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society.  She studies how energy systems are changing in the face of new technologies and new societal pressures. Her work focuses on the implementation of energy and environmental policies and laws in practice. She studies how institutions support and thwart energy system transitions and focuses on the interplays between technology innovation, policy creation, and institutional decision making. Recent research has examined how energy policy stakeholders view the opportunities and challenges of creating smart grids and decision making within Regional Transmission Organizations, which manage the transmission planning, electricity markets and grid operations of over 70 percent of North America. Her research has also examined how stakeholders in different U.S. states view emerging energy technologies like wind power and carbon-capture and sequestration and the electric power transmission system. Her recent books include Energy Law and Policy (West Academic Publishing) (with Davies, Klass, Tomain and Osofsky) and Smart Grid (R)evolution: Electric Power Struggles (Cambridge Press) (with Stephens and Peterson). Wilson's research group is working on two NSF supported grants on media and stakeholder perceptions of Smart Grid technologies and on decision making in Regional Transmission Organizations.

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104 Steele Hall
HB 6257


  • B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz
  • M.S. Vrije Universiteit
  • Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University

Selected Publications

  • Lincoln L. Davies, Alexandra B. Klass, Hari M. Osofsky, Joseph P. Tomain and Elizabeth J. Wilson.  2021.  Energy Law and Policy, 3rd Edition.  West Academic Publishing.

  • Jennie C. Stephens, Elizabeth J. Wilson and Tarla Rai Peterson.  2015.  Smart Grid (R)evolution: Electric Power Struggles.  Cambridge University Press.