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Hanna Breetz

Hanna Breetz
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502

Dr. Breetz is a political scientist who studies the political economy of alternative energy, focusing on biofuels and synthetic fuels. Her research investigates both the drivers of alternative energy policy - including the role of interest groups, decision-making institutions, and information about science and technology - as well as the impact of energy policy on innovation and technological change.

PhD, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013

BA, Government, Dartmouth College, 2002

Journal Articles


Stokes, L. C. and H. L. Breetz. 2018. Politics in the U.S. energy transition: Case studies of solar, wind, biofuels and electric vehicles policy. Energy Policy 113(Feb):76-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2017.10.057. (link )


Breetz, H. L. 2017. Editorial: Political-industrial ecology: Integrative, complementary, and critical approaches. Geoforum 85(Oct):392-395. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.11.011. (link )

Breetz, H. L. 2017. Regulating carbon emissions from indirect land use change (ILUC): U.S. and California case studies. Environmental Science & Policy 77(Nov):25-31. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.07.016. (link )

Cloutier, S., A. Karner, H. L. Breetz, P. Toufani, N. C. Onat, S. Patel, S. N. Paralkar, E. Berejnoi, B. Morrison, J. T. Papenfuss, A. D. Briggs and C. Carlson. 2017. Measures of a sustainable commute as a predictor of happiness. Sustainability 9(7):1214. DOI: 10.3390/su9071214. (link )


Andres, R. B. and H. L. Breetz. 2011. Small nuclear reactors for military installations: Capabilities, costs, and technological implications. Strategic Forum 262:1-11. (link )


Breetz, H. L. and K. Fisher-Vanden. 2007. Does cost-share replicate water quality trading projects? Implications for a possible partnership. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 29(2):201-215. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9353.2007.00338.x. (link )


Breetz, H. L., K. Fisher-Vanden, H. Jacobs and C. Schary. 2005. Trust and communication: Mechanisms for increasing farmers' participation in water quality trading. Land Economics 81(2):170-190. (link )

Book Chapters


Breetz, H. L. 2015. Science, values, and the political framing of indirect land use change (ILUC). Pp. 95-122 In: Town, W. G. and J. N. Currano eds., Science and the Law: How the Communicaton of Science Affects Policy Development in the Environment, Food, Health, and Transport Sectors. Vol 1207. American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/bk-2015-1207.ch007. ISBN: 9780841231085. (link )



Narayanamurti, V., L. Diaz Anadon, H. L. Breetz, M. Bunn, H. Lee and E. Miekle. 2011. Transforming the Energy Economy: Options for Accelerating the Commercialization of Advanced Energy Technologies. Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School. (link )


Breetz, H. L., K. Fisher-Vanden, L. Garzon, H. Jacobs, K. Kroetz and R. Terry. 2004. Water Quality Trading and Offset Initiatives in the U.S.: A Comprehensive Survey. Dartmouth College. (link )