Episode 13 / Morgan Bazilian

Poet of the Low-Carbon Transition

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About our Guest /

Morgan Bazilian has written over 140 papers – which in itself is a huge achievement. But to have them published in publications ranging from Nature to Foreign Affairs is an even bigger one.


Not to mention his book “Analytical Methods for Energy Diversity and Security” is a part of quite a few syllabi. Morgan Bazilian with over two decades of experience in the energy sector under his belt is a leading voice on international affairs, policy and investment.

He comes from Connecticut and began his career as a mountain guide. In 1994 he started working as an energy analyst and moved to Australia to pursue a Ph.D. soon after that. This was not the end of his travels, but rather the beginning. He advised the Irish government and taught at University College Dublin. He then become the EU’s lead negotiator on low-carbon technology at the United Nations climate negotiations.


In 2009 he joined the UN to work with Kandeh Yumkella (who will also appear on Cleaning Up!) on the Sustainable Energy for All programme. In 2014 he became the Lead Energy Specialist at the World Bank and spent four years there.

Throughout all this Morgan was also active in academia. His past affiliations include (but are not limited to): Columbia University, Cambridge University, the Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Since 2018 he has been the Director of the Payne Institute at Colorado School of Mines and Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Business and Economics.

Morgan holds degrees from University of Michigan, University of Colorado Boulder and University of New South Wales.


Premiered / October 14, 2020   


Guest Links / 

  • Re-Structuring American Foreign Policy Post-Trump: Click here

  • Analytical Methods for Energy Diversity and Security – Morgan’s book: Click here

  • COVID-19 is a reminder that interconnectivity is unavoidable: Click here

  • How do we design an inclusive energy transition?: Click here

  • The way the world produces and consumes energy is changing. How can we meet the needs of the future?: Click here

  • New Policies Needed to Advance Space Mining: Click here

  • California power outages underscore challenge of maintaining reliability during climate change, the energy transition: Click here

  • Why US Energy Independence Won't Mean Greater US Energy Autonomy: Click here

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