Associate Director, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development

Mark Thurber is associate director at the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford. Launched in 2001, PESD focuses on policy frameworks for climate change mitigation, integration of renewable energy into electricity markets, the role of state-controlled oil and gas companies in global hydrocarbon markets, the global value chain for coal, and energy services for the world's poor. Thurber's current research involves the use of game-based simulations to understand and improve carbon markets, qualitative and quantitative analysis of state-owned enterprises in oil, gas, and coal, and survey-based assessments of solar home systems in East Africa. He was co-editor of and contributor to Oil and Governance, a major volume on national oil companies, and he has written several academic articles on adoption of improved biomass cookstovesThurber earned a BSE in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford.