Elizabeth J. Wilson

Academic Appointments


Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson is a Professor of Environmental Studies and was the founding Director of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society (2017-2022). She studies how energy systems are evolving in the face of new technologies, new societal pressures and new risks. Her work focuses on how energy and environmental policies and laws are implemented in practice. Her current research focuses on Offshore Wind Energy and examines the gaps between policy goals and practice in different locations around the globe. She studies how institutions are supporting and thwarting energy system transitions and her work focuses on the interplays between technology innovation, policy creation, and institutional decision making. Past projects have examined how energy policy stakeholders engage with the opportunities and challenges of within Regional Transmission Organizations, which manage the transmission planning, electricity markets and grid operations for over 70 percent of North American electricity sales. Her research has also studied how stakeholders in different U.S. states view emerging energy technologies like wind power, carbon-capture and sequestration, the smart grids, and the electric power transmission system. Recent books include Energy Law and Policy, Third Edition (West Academic Publishing) (with Davies, Klass, Tomain and Osofsky) and Smart Grid (R)evolution: Electric Power Struggles (Cambridge Press) (with Stephens and Peterson). Wilson is on sabbatical until 2023.

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Environmental Studies


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

Selected Publications

  • Lincoln L. Davies, Alexandra B. Klass, Hari M. Osofsky, Joseph P. Tomain and Elizabeth J. Wilson.  2022.  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.