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Martin Pasqualetti

Martin Pasqualetti

Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


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


  • 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


Dr. Pasqualetti is Professor of Geography in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at ASU. Additional affiliations include: Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and Co-Director of the Energy Policy Information Council (EPIC). His research concentrations include (a) energy as a social issue, (b) the creation and reuse of energy landscapes, and (c) public acceptance of renewable energy technology. He is the ASU liaison to the Coalition for Action within the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He has advised several agencies and NGOs, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the National Academy of Sciences, the Arizona Office of Energy Policy, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). At ASU, Dr. Pasqualetti offers several energy classes, including The Thread of Energy, Energy in the Global Arena, Energy and Environment, and Solar Energy Policy. He was appointed by two Arizona governors to chair the Arizona Solar Energy Advisory Council, and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Solar Center. He serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including Energy Research & Social Science. Dr. Pasqualetti’s work has taken him to several countries, including: UK, UAE, Oman, Guyana, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Singapore, China, Kosovo, Israel, Turkey, and the Palestinian Territories. His latest book (with others) is The Renewable Energy Landscape: Preserving Scenic Values in our Sustainable Future (Routledge). In 2015, he received the Alexander and Ilse Melamid Gold Medal from the American Geographical Society for his international contributions to the study of energy.


  • 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. ISBN: 978-1138808980.

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. ISBN: 978-1-137-55630-1.


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. ISBN: 9781465266712.


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.