Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, Innovation, and Policy; Director, Energy Policy Institute
Yanke Bldg, 220 Park Center Blvd
Boise State University
1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho, 83725-1014
Dr. Kathleen Araújo is the Director of the Energy Policy Institute and Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, Innovation, and Policy at Boise State University. She is responsible for the strategic direction and executive decision-making for the Institute which is the policy body for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, a consortium of public universities plus Idaho National Laboratory.
Dr. Araújo’s specialization centers on advancing strategic priorities in energy systems resilience and sustainability through innovation and policy. Her work has contributed to the emerging field of energy transitions. Dr. Araújo’s book Low Carbon Energy Transitions: Turning Points in National Policy and Innovation (Oxford University Press) examines four, country-level shifts in energy utilization, critical infrastructure, and societal buy-in that occurred since the global oil crisis of 1973. Cases cover Icelandic geothermal energy, French nuclear power, Danish wind power and Brazilian biofuels.
Closely associated with Dr. Araújo’s energy transitions research is her analysis of energy-environmental systems, such as that with post-Fukushima nuclear safety shifts, international offshore wind developments, and early adopters of electric vehicles and solar photovoltaic technology. She considers sustainability complexities and has presented or led discussions in international fora with the University of Cambridge, Arctic Circle Conference, and Fukushima Medical University. Dr. Araújo is the Book Series Editor for Routledge’s Studies in Energy Transitions. She also consults for inter-governmental organizations, like the World Bank and the International Renewable Energy Agency, as well as industry.