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Dr Laura Diaz Anadon

Dr Laura  Diaz Anadon

Centre Fellow



Dr. Laura Diaz Anadon is University Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Public Policy at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.   She is also a Bye-Fellow in Peterhouse College (starting in October 2016), an associate researcher of the Energy Policy Research Group at Cambridge, and a Research Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) at Harvard University.

Dr. Anadon joined POLIS in September 2016 from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was an Assistant Professor of Public Policy since July 2013. Before that, she held various posts also at HKS including Associate Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy (STPP) program, Co-Principal Investigator of the Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Member of the Board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, co-Director of the Project of Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development, and Faculty affiliate of the Harvard Center for the Environment and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. In 2015-2016 she was a Visiting Senior Lecturer in Science, Technology, Innovation and Public Policy at University College London. At HKS Anadon also developed and taught courses on Energy Innovation Policy and a core MPP course on Policy Analysis.

Laura Diaz Anadon's research focuses on energy, technology, and climate policy, innovation systems, managing uncertainty in energy policy, and the policy implications of the interdependencies of energy, water, and agriculture. Overall, her research relies on a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, including econometrics, various types of optimization, case studies, interviews, and surveys, to better understand how policies can advance technology innovation in specific contexts. She has advised policy makers internationally (e.g., United States, China, South Korea and Mexico), including providing Congressional testimony, and has worked as a consultant for various international organizations, including OECD and the UNFCCC. In addition to her recent co-edited Cambridge University Press book "Transforming U.S. Energy Innovation", Dr. Anadon has published widely in journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesNature EnergyResearch Policy,Environmental Science & TechnologyNature Climate ChangeGlobal Environmental Change, and Environmental Research Letters. She is on the editorial board ofEnvironmental Research ReviewsEnergy Research and Social Science, and Sustainable Production and Consumption on the editorial advisory panel for Nature Energy. She has taught on energy innovation and policy analysis and has also published in chemical engineering and nuclear magnetic resonance journals, carried out process engineering research projects at DuPont and Bayer Pharmaceuticals, collaborated extensively with Johnson Matthey Catalysts, and worked as a financial consultant for banks on credit risk models for financing technology projects.

Laura Diaz Anadon holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Cambridge (UK), a Master in Public Policy from HKS (USA), and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester (UK), including a Diplomarbeit from the University of Stuttgart(Germany).