Tyler Hansen

Research Associate

Tyler Hansen is a Research Associate in the Department of Environmental Studies, advised by Professor Elizabeth Wilson. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and worked for two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University of Denmark, Department of Wind and Energy Systems. Tyler's research revolves around the economics, political economy, and governance of clean energy transitions, with a particular focus on offshore wind energy. Some of his current projects include a case study on the Danish energy islands to explore the challenges to governing green socio-technical transformations, the development of a supply chain approach for estimation of local economic benefits from wind energy, stakeholder engagement in the offshore wind sector to specify key challenges for offshore wind development in the U.S., and a review and assessment of the claim that climate stabilization requires economic degrowth.


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  • Ph.D. – University of Massachusetts Amherst (2021)
  • M.A. – University of Massachusetts Amherst (2018)
  • B.A. – Luther College (2011)

Selected Publications

  • Hansen, T. A., Wilson, E. J., Fitts, J. P., Jansen, M., Beiter, P., Steffen, B., Xu, B., Guillet, J., Münster, M., Kitzing, L. (2023, Forthcoming) "Five Grand Challenges of Offshore Wind Financing in the United States." Energy Research & Social Science.

  • Hansen, T. A. (2022). "Stranded assets and reduced profits: Analyzing the economic underpinnings of the fossil fuel industry's resistance to climate stabilization." Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 158. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2022.112144

Works In Progress

  • Hansen, T. A. & Kitzing, L. "Governing green moonshots: The case of the Danish Energy Islands."

  • Grant, D., Jorgenson, A., Longhofer, W., Hansen, T. A. "Does the prospect of stranding fossil fuel assets lead power plants to emit more or less carbon pollution?: An empirical, worldwide analysis." Under review at Nature Energy.