Stephen Bird


Associate Professor, Political Science

Clarkson University


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Bird head shot 2Fracking:

Walsh, Patrick J., Stephen Bird, and Martin D. Heintzelman. 2015. “Understanding Local Regulation of Fracking: A Spatial Econometric Approach.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 44 (2): 138–63.


Walsh, Patrick J., Stephen Bird, and Martin D. Heintzelman. 2015. “What Factors Drive Local Regulation of Fracking?” Policy Brief. The National Agricultural & Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP).


With Ross Miller (EPG MS) & Bebonchu Atems (Clarkson). “Fracking in the Empire State: Environmental Coproduction, Stakeholder Perceptions, and Policy Type.” 2014. Under Review.


The “Last Lecture” at Clarkson

A Presentation on happiness, loss, and what matters in life to the Class of 2015, faculty, staff, trustees, and guests. 7 May 2015.


Microgrids: Governance and Policy Implementation

Developing Advanced Resilient Microgrid Technology to Improve Disaster Response Capability. National Science Foundation. Co- PI, (lead : Tom Ortmeyer) $1 million. 2015 – 2018.


Split Incentives: The Smart Housing Project at Clarkson; Energy Poverty

Primary Investigator. Clean Energy and Smart Student Housing: Motivational Interventions for Improved Energy Efficiency in University Housing. NYSERDA PON 2631 & 2606, & FLIR Corp (PI, and co-PI) 2013-2015. Project video. 


Overcoming the Split Incentive Barrier in the Building Sector. Invited Lecturer, Workshop. European Commission Directorate General Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy and Transport, Renewable Energy Unit, Energy Efficiency Action Team. 13 March 2014, Namur, Belgium.


With Diana Hernández. “Policy Options for the Split Incentive: Increasing Energy Efficiency for Low-Income Renters.” Energy Policy. 48, September, 506-514 (2012).


Zinn, Activism, and Social Justice:

With Adam Silver, and Joshua Yesnowitz. “Discipline and Disciplined: Scholar-Activism and the Challenges of Engagement in Political Science.” MPSA, April 2013. Under review.


With Adam Silver, and Joshua Yesnowitz, eds. Agitation with a Smile: Howard Zinn’s Legacies and the Future of Activism, Hardcover, May 2013, Paradigm Publishers. Softcover, February 2014.


Green Data Centers:

Bird, S., Achuthan, A., Ait Maatallah, O., Hu, W., Janoyan, K., Kwasinski, A., Matthews, J., Mayhew, D., Owen, J., Marzocca, P. (2014). Distributed (green) data centers: A new concept for energy, computing, and telecommunications. Energy for Sustainable Development. Also NYSERDA PON 1772, $350,000. (co-PI) and $50,000 (supplemental, PI).


“Data Centers and Distributed Renewables: Two Peas in a POD.” Kendra Tupper (Rocky Mountain Institute) and Stephen Bird. July 25, 2013. RMI Blog.


* Network image above courtesy of Seth Crawford; Energy Policy Board Interlocks