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Dr. Stephen Bird is Associate Professor of Political Science at Clarkson University. In fall 2016 he holds the Fulbright Scholar Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa, and is an ongoing Research Faculty Affiliate with the Positive Energy Project. He will continue as a Senior Fellow at the Centre on Governance in spring 2017. His current and past research focuses on split incentives and smart housing, energy conflict, microgrid governance, factors in energy adoption (fracking, solar, wind), green data centers, energy poverty, policy learning and activism, and social influence.


He completed his PhD at Boston University (2009) and a Masters’ in Government at Harvard University (extension, 2003). He was a Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Fellow (2004), worked for the Electricity Policy Group (2001-2010), and was President of the Board of Directors at Mass Energy, a consumer’s energy non-profit (2004-2009). Consulting and engagements include the European Commission, the U.S. State Department, Massachusetts’ Environmental Affairs, and current work for the Clarkson-Nanos Consulting Partnership. Grant funders and affiliates include the National Science Foundation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, IBM, AMD, National Grid, GE, and others. He is affiliated with Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment and the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems and is faculty advisor for Clarkson’s Synergy student energy club.


He loves climbing (rock and ice; also faculty advisor for Clarkson’s Outdoor Club, CUOC), and playing electric bass (fretted/fretless; jazz & rock). In a previous life (i.e. 1984-2001, and currently again), he worked as a professional musician, and graduated Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1988. He also worked for years as an art installer, preparator, and lighting designer in museums.



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