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Joel Hicks

Ph.D. Candidate
George Mason University


Areas of Expertise:

Clean Energy, Climate Change, Demand Side Management, Energy Economics, Energy Efficiency, Regulation, Renewables, Smart Grid

Additional Areas of Expertise:

behavioral economics, local and state energy policies, geopolitics of energy

Education: M.S. Electrical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School
M.A. National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College
M.A. International Science and Technology Policy, The George Washington University
B.S. Electrical Engineering, The George Washington University

Background: Mr. Hicks is a full-time public policy Ph.D. candidate (focusing on behavioral economics applied to energy demand) and a graduate research assistant (GRA) at the Center for Energy and Science Policy (CESP) at the George Mason University School of Policy, Government and International Affairs (SPGIA). He is a former U.S. Naval Officer who served in the nuclear submarine community as well as completing multiple assignments in DoD space acquisition and operational communities. He obtained his Nuclear Engineer credentials through Naval Reactors, and his last active duty assignment was as Deputy Director, Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), Vandenberg AFB, CA. Mr. Hicks has also taught two graduate courses, “International Issues in Energy Policy” and “Science, Technology, and Energy Policy” at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA).

His current research includes:
• Demand side management (DSM) of energy systems with a particular focus on energy efficiency, behavioral economics, and public sector energy governance/institutions. Dynamic pricing and demand response are two current policy areas that are central to his research.
• Developing a better understanding of the economic and political motivations that will help accelerate the transition and proliferation of energy and environmental technological innovations across and between the public and private sectors.

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