Boise State University
1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho, 83725-1014
Dr. Kathleen Araújo is the Director of the CAES 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 specializes in strategic decision-making and planning associated with energy systems change. This includes work relating to targeted adaptations, such as with decarbonization or regional industrial restructuring, as well as unplanned shifts, including extreme weather and other disruption.
Dr. Araújo’s research contributes to the advancing field of energy transitions, where she writes on theory-building and practical considerations. Her book, Low Carbon Energy Transitions: Turning Points in National Policy and Innovation (Oxford University Press), examines the socio-technical history of country-level transformations with Icelandic geothermal energy, French nuclear power, Danish wind power and Brazilian biofuels following the 1973 oil crisis. Currently, she is working on an edited volume, the Handbook of Energy Transitions (Routledge, forthcoming).
Closely associated with Dr. Araújo’s energy transitions research is her work on resilience and innovation systems. She has evaluated international regulation of cyber-nuclear risk and post-Fukushima nuclear safety, the role of skills repurposing in clean energy clusters, and global sustainability complexities of biofuels. She has presented or led discussions in fora with the University of Cambridge, Arctic Circle Conference, and Fukushima Medical University. Dr. Araújo is also a Visiting Researcher with Idaho National Laboratory and the Book Series Editor for Routledge’s Studies in Energy Transitions. She consults for industry and inter-governmental organizations, including the World Bank and the International Renewable Energy Agency. Dr. Araújo completed her doctoral studies at MIT and post-doctoral research at Harvard.