Gregory Nemet

Credentials: Professor


Phone: 608-265-3469

209 Observatory Hill Office Building
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Portrait of Gregory Nemet, Professor of Public Affairs


Gregory Nemet is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs.

His research focuses on understanding the process of technological change and the ways in which public policy can affect it. He teaches courses in energy systems analysis, policy analysis, and international environmental policy.

Professor Nemet’s research analyzes the process of technological change in energy and its interactions with public policy. These projects fall in two areas: (1) empirical analysis identifying the influences on past technological change and (2) modeling of the effects of policy instruments on future technological outcomes. The first includes assessment of public policy, research and development, learning by doing, and knowledge spillovers. An example of the second is work informing allocation between research and development and demand-side policy instruments to address climate change.

Nemet’s first book, How Solar Became Cheap: A Model for Low-Carbon Innovation, was published in June 2019 by Routledge. In the book, he makes the case that by understanding the drivers behind solar energy’s success, other low-carbon technologies with similar properties can benefit.

From 2013-18 he chaired the Energy Analysis and Policy Certificate program. In 2015, he received the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, which honors outstanding University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members for their research contributions. He was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow in 2017. He was awarded the inaugural World Citizen Prize in Environmental Performance by APPAM in 2019.  He is currently a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report. He received his doctorate in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley. His A.B. is in geography and economics from Dartmouth College.

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  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Energy and Resources
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, Energy and Resources
  • A.B., Dartmouth University, Geography with Economics


Public affairs courses taught by Greg Nemet:

PA 809 Introduction to Energy Analysis and Policy

PA 860 Workshop in International Public Affairs

PA 866 Global Environmental Governance

PA 873 Introduction to Policy Analysis

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