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. Dr. Anadon has three main areas of research: The first area of research is on understanding on energy and environment-oriented technological progress, which seeks to: identify and quantify the diverse benefits that derive from policies designed to promote it; map the complex factors—including but not limited to policies—that contribute to it; and create tools for policymakers and analysts to manage the systemic uncertainties that accompany it. Her second area of research focuses on the study of public innovation institutions and how to improve their effectiveness in various places across the globe. A third area of focus is the study the coupling between water and energy systems and its implications for policy-making, with a particular emphasis on the United States, China, and the Middle East and North Africa region.
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 Sciences, Nature Energy, Research Policy,Environmental Science & Technology, Nature Climate Change, Global Environmental Change, and Environmental Research Letters. She is on the editorial board ofEnvironmental Research Reviews, Energy Research and Social Science, and Sustainable Production and Consumption on the editorial advisory panel for Nature Energy.
Faculties and Departments
Energy and climate policy
innovation and science policy
R&D institutions and management
decision making under uncertainty
policy and integrated analysis