Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning; Global Futures Laboratory, Arizona State University


Dr. Martin J. Pasqualetti is Co-Director of the Energy Policy Innovation (EPIC) at Arizona State University. He also holds positions as Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, also at ASU. His research, publishing and teaching fall at the intersection of energy and society. He has applied that interest to studies on the acceptance of renewable energy landscapes, nuclear power plant decommissioning and waste disposal, and the food/energy/water nexus. Routledge re-published his book Nuclear Decommissioning and Society in 2019.  Most recently, he edited and contributed to The Renewable Energy Landscape, also published by Routledge. Other current appointments include ASU liaison to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, Board of Directors of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), and the editorial boards of a dozen journals. In Arizona, he co-authored the energy emergency response plan and was appointed Chair of the Solar Energy Advisory Council by successive governors. He has served as an advisor to several agencies and NGOs, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Office of Technical Assessment, the National Academy of Sciences, the Arizona Office of Energy Policy, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Natural Resources Defense Council. In 2015, he received the Alexander and Ilse Melamid Gold Medal from the American Geographical Society for his international contributions to energy studies. In 2018, he was named Alumnus of the Year by the University of California (Riverside); and in 2019, he was elected Fellow of the American Association of Geographers. His latest book is The Thread of Energy, Oxford University Press.

Selected publications

2020   Jacob Bethem, Giovanni Frigo, Saurabh Biswas, C. Tyler DesRoches & Martin Pasqualetti. Energy decisions within an applied ethics framework: analysis of five recent controversies. Energ Sustain Soc 10, 29 (2020).

2018 Debaleena Majumdar and Martin J. Pasqualetti. Dual use of agricultural land: Introducing ‘agrivoltaics’ in Phoenix Metropolitan Statistical Area, USA. Landscape and Public Planning. 170:150-168.

2018 Martin J. Pasqualetti and Sven Stremke. Energy Landscapes in a Crowded World: A Typology of Origins and Expressions. Energy Research & Social Sciences. 36: 94-105.

2017   Dean Apostol, James Palmer, Martin Pasqualetti, Richard Smardon, and Robert Sullivan. The Renewable Energy Landscape: Preserving Scenic Values in our Sustainable Future. Routledge/Taylor & Francis. 310 pp. (The authors are listed alphabetically.)

2002   Martin J. Pasqualetti, P Gipe and R Righter. Wind Power in View: Energy Landscapes in a Crowded World, editor and contributor, Academic Press, ISBN: 0125463340.