Michael Davidson

Assistant Professor, GPS, UC San Diego

Michael Davidson is an assistant professor at the School. His research focuses on engineering implications and institutional conflicts inherent in deploying renewable energy at scale, particularly in systems with emerging electricity markets.  

His dissertation project focused on China’s nascent electricity markets and their effects on wind energy integration. Davidson holds an S.M. in Technology and Policy from MIT, and was previously the U.S.-China Climate Policy Coordinator for the environmental nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He is a former Fulbright Scholar and has received fellowships from the MIT Energy Initiative and Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability. 

Prior to joining UC San Diego, Davidson was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program. He received his Ph.D. in engineering systems at the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, where he was a researcher with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and a member of the Tsinghua-MIT China Energy and Climate Project. He is also a fellow with the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy, hosted at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

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