Energy and transportation expert joins School of Forestry and Environmental Studies faculty

Kenneth Gillingham, an expert in energy and transportation, has joined the tenure-track faculty at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES).

Gillingham, assistant professor of environmental and energy economics, uses the tools of economics and statistics, along with expertise in energy and systems engineering, to analyze policies addressing the world’s energy challenges.

His recent publications have focused on the adoption of solar photovoltaic technology, market failures in household energy efficiency and alternative fuels for transportation. Ongoing research delves into the effects of different policies on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

“We’re very pleased to have Ken join us,” says Peter Crane, dean of F&ES. “He’s done important work on how consumers respond to changing gasoline prices, which has critical implications for a variety of policies aimed at reducing emissions from transportation.”

Prior to joining Yale, Gillingham worked at the California Air Resources Board, White House Council of Economic Advisers, Stanford Energy Modeling Forum, Joint Global Change Research Institute of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Resources for the Future. He grew up in White Plains, New York.

He received a Fulbright Fellowship to study in New Zealand, where he conducted research on the economics and policy of solar energy technologies in that country. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and is teaching “Economics of the Environment,” a foundations course that will have an enrollment of up to 100 students this fall.

“I am most impressed by F&ES’ energy and excitement about making a difference,” Gillingham says. “With the resources that F&ES and Yale have to offer, I am in the perfect place to build my research career, while having the pleasure of teaching and guiding some fantastic students.”

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