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Martin Pasqualetti

Martin Pasqualetti
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Co-Director, Energy Policy Innovation Council

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302

Dr. Pasqualetti is Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, and co-director of the Energy Policy Information Council (EPIC). He was appointed by two Arizona governors to chair the Arizona Solar Energy Advisory Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Solar Center. He is on the Advisory Board for the FPL Energy-TCU-Oxford University Wind and Environment Research Partnership. He is Associate Editor of Environmental Sciences: Journal of Integrative Environmental Research, and is on the editorial boards of International Journal of Low Carbon TechnologiesLand Use Policy, The Open Environmental Journal, Computational Water, Energy, and Environmental Engineering (CWEEE), Challenges in Sustainability, Current Advances in Environmental Science (CAES), and Energy Research and Social Science. 

Past recognition includes Honors Research Professor (ASU), Environmental Educator of the Year (Association of Energy Engineers), Lifetime Achievement Award (Renewable Energy Task Force), Visiting Faculty Fellow (Barrett Honors College), Co-Curricular Professor of the Month (ASU), and was a finalist for the ASU Professor of the Year.

Dr. Pasqualetti offers several classes, including The Thread of Energy, Energy in the Global Arena, Energy and Environment, Geography of Natural Resources, Renewable Energy and Sustainability, Solar Energy Policy, and the Geography of the U.S. and Canada.

He was twice elected President of the Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, and has served as advisor to the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Resources for the Future, the US Department of Energy, the US Nuclear Regulatory Council, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Arizona Energy Office.

Dr. Pasqualetti has published books on wind power, nuclear power plant decommissioning, and landscape development, as well as articles on several energy and environment topics.

He has worked in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Palestine, and the United Arab Emirates.

PhD, University of California - Riverside, 1977

MA, Louisiana State University, 1969

BA, University of California - Berkeley, 1967

Journal Articles


Kelley, S. and M. J. Pasqualetti. 2013. Virtual water from a vanishing river. Journal - American Water Works Association 105:E471-E479. DOI: 10.5942/jawwa.2013.105.0132. (link )


Slattery, M. C., B. L. Johnson, J. A. Swofford and M. J. Pasqualetti. 2012. The predominance of economic development in the support for large-scale wind farms in the U.S. Great Plains. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 16(6):3690-3701. DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2012.03.016. (link )


Pasqualetti, M. J. 2011. Opposing wind energy landscapes: A search fo common cause. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101(4):907-917. DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2011.568879. (link )

Pasqualetti, M. J. 2011. Social barriers to renewable energy landscapes. Geographical Review 101(2):201-223. DOI: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2011.00087.x. (link )


Pasqualetti, M. J. 1997. Landscape permanence and nuclear warnings. Geographical Review 87(1):73-91. (link )



Apostol, D., J. Palmer, M. Pasqualetti, R. Smardon and R. Sullivan. 2017. The Renewable Energy Landscape: Preserving Scenic Values in Our Sustainable Future. Routledge. New York.

Book Chapters


Nadesan, M. and M. Pasqualetti. 2016. Dispossession, justice, and a sustainable energy future. Pp. 585-619 In: Van de Graaf, T., B. K. Sovacool, A. Ghosh, F. Kern and M. T. Klare eds., The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy. Palgrave Macmillan UK.


Pasqualetti, M. J. 2015. Cities as the mirror of energy. Pp. Chapter 12 In: Pijawka, D. ed., Sustainability in the 21st Century: Pathways, Programs, and Policies. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.


Pasqualetti, M. J. 2011. The next generation of energy landscapes. Pp. 461-482 In: Brunn, S. D. ed., Engineering Earth: The Impacts of Megaengineering Projects. Springer Science+Business Media. DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9920-4_27.