Gregory Nemet

La Follette School of Public Affairs; Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment


Ph.D., Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley;
A.B. Dartmouth College

Gregory Nemet is an associate professor in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Nelson Institute’s Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. He is also chair of the Energy Analysis and Policy certificate program. His research and teaching focus on improving analysis of the global energy system and, more generally, on understanding how to expand access to energy services while reducing environmental impacts. He teaches courses in energy systems analysis, governance of global energy problems and international environmental policy.

Nemet’s research analyzes the process of technological change in energy and its interactions with public policy. These projects fall in two areas:

  • empirical analysis identifying the influences on past technological change;
  • modeling of the effects of policy instruments on future technological outcomes.

The first includes assessment of public policy, research and development, learning by doing and knowledge spillovers. An example of the second is work informing allocation between research and development and demand-side policy instruments to address climate change.

In 2015, he received the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, which honors outstanding UW-Madison faculty members for their research contributions. He has been a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Global Energy Assessment.