Martin J. Pasqualetti

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Martin J. (“Mike”) Pasqualetti’s research focuses on energy landscapes, renewable energy, social components of energy policy, and energy education.

Dr. Pasqualetti’s work blends thirty five years of experience in the academic, administrative, and business sides of the energy industry.  One of Pasqualetti’s recent research projects focused on the energy/water nexus and its particular relevance in arid environments like the Colorado River Basin in North America and the Sultanate of Oman. Serving as Chairman of the Governor’s Solar Energy Advisory Council and as a member of the Arizona Solar Center’s Board of Directors, Pasqualetti has played an important role in promoting solar energy development in Arizona. Pasqualetti’s research and instruction have also taken him to several countries including Mexico, China, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Canada, and Palestine, among others. In 2013, Pasqualetti took the lead in formalizing a relationship between ASU and the International Renewable Energy Agency, an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Abu Dhabi that promotes sustainable use of renewable energy.

In the business sphere, Pasqualetti helped establish two start-up energy firms, EcoGroup and Strategic Solar Energy. Pasqualetti regularly teaches several energy courses, including The Thread of Energy, Energy and Environment, Solar Energy Policy, and Energy in the Global Arena.  

Research Interests

Renewable energy and sustainability, energy/water nexus, energy landscapes

Current Research Activities

Social acceptance of renewable energy
Recycling energy landscapes
The water costs of energy
Renewable energy and water at the U.S./Mexico Border
Alberta oil sand costs and benefits
Social barriers to renewable energy development
The North American Energy Alliance

Additional Affiliation(s)

Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainabillity
Barrett Honors Faculty
Co-Director, Energy Policy Innovation Council (EPIC)
Graduate Faculty, Global Technology and Development, Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes
Faculty Advisory Council, North American Center for Transborder Studies

Awards and Honors

2015 - Alexander and Ilse Melamid Medal, American Geographical Society

2008-2009 - Visiting Honors Faculty Fellow, Barrett Honors College

2006 - Lifetime Achievement Award. Renewable Energy Task Force, Alliance for Construction Excellence, Arizona State University

2004 - Visiting Scholar, Marisco Foundation, University of Denver

2004 - Featured Faculty of the Month, Co-Curricular Program, ASU

2002-present - Who's Who in America

1993 - Environmental Educator of the Year, Association of Energy Engineers

1983 - Arizona State University Honors Research Professor

Selected Publications

Majia Nadesan and Martin J. Pasqualetti. 2015. Dispossession, Justice and a Sustainable Energy Future. In Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy. Benjamin Sovacool, ed. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Martin J. Pasqualetti, C Scott, T Jones, L Necefer, B Colombi, 2015. Renewable Energy on Native Lands: Opportunities and Challenges in the American Southwest.

Benjamin Sovacool; Sarah Ryan; Paul C Stern; Katy Janda; Gene Rochlin; Daniel Spreng; Martin J Pasqualetti; Harold Wilhite; Loren Lutzenhiser. 2015. Integrating Social Science in Energy Research. Energy Research & Social Science Volume 6, March 2015, Pages 95–99

Martin J. Pasqualetti. 2015. Cities as the Mirror of Energy. In Sustainability for the 21st Century: Pathways, Programs and Policies. David Pijawka, ed. Kendall-Hunt. pp. 209-218

Martin J. Pasqualetti and Marilyn A. Brown. 2014. Ancient discipline, modern concern: Geographers in the field of energy and society. Energy Research & Social Science. 1:122-133.

B. Frantál, Martin J. Pasqualetti, and D. van der Horst. 2014. New trends and challenges for energy geographies. Moravian Geographical Reports. Vol. 22, No. 2, p. 2–6.

Scott Kelley and Martin J. Pasqualetti. 2013. Virtual Water from a Vanishing River. Journal – American Water Works Association. 105(9):E471-E479. September.

Martin J. Pasqualetti. 2013. Reading the Changing Energy Landscape. In Sustainable Energy Landscapes: Designing, Planning, and Development, Sven Stremke and Andy Van Den Dobbelsteen, eds. CRC Press, pp. 11-44.

Martin J. Pasqualetti. 2012. Opposing Wind Energy Landscapes: A Search for Common Cause. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 101 (4): 907-917.

Martin J. Pasqualetti. 2012. The Geography of Energy and the Wealth of the World. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 101(4): 971-980.

Martin J. Pasqualetti and Benjamin Sovacool. 2012. The Importance of Scale to Energy Security.  In Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences. 9(3):167-180.

Martin J. Pasqualetti. 2012. The Water Bargain of Solar and Wind Energy. In The Water-Energy Nexus in the Western United States, edited by Douglas S. Kenney and Robert Wilkinson. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing Inc. Chapter 16, pp. 226-242

Courses Taught

The Thread of energy
Energy in the Global Arena
Energy and the Environment
Geography of the U.S. and Canada
Geography of Natural Resources
Introduction to Physical Geography
Reading the Energy Landscape

Outreach and Service


Editorial Board - International Journal of Sustainable Energy Technologies, 2006 - present
Editorial Board - The Open Environmental Journal, 2007 - present
Associate Editor - Environmental Science, 2003 - present
Editorial Board – International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies, 2005 - present
Editorial Board - Land Use Policy, 1992 - present


U.S. National Academy of Science’s (NAS) Geographical Sciences Committee (GSC)
Member, Association of American Geographers Meridian Boook Award Committeee, 2009 - 2012
Member, Wind Energy Review Panel, US Department of Energy, 2009 - present
Associate Member, National Wind Coordinating Collaborative, Washington, D.C. 2005 - present
Chair, Daniel Luten and Earl Cook Award, Association of American Geographers, 1993 - present

State and Local

Member, Board of Directors, Arizona Solar Center, 2000 – present
Board of Directors, Universal Energy and Environment (UE2), 2004 - present
Board of Advisors, Strategic Solar Energy, 2010 - present (see video on ASU Power Parasol)
Chair, Arizona Solar Energy Advisory Board (Governor appointee) 2002 - 2006
Member, Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names, 2001 - 2003
Member, City of Tempe, Board of Adjustment, 1996 - 2001
Member, Board of Directors, EcoGroup, 1991 – 1994


ASU Energy Conservation Committee, Member (appointed by the Dean), 2001 - present.
Faculty Committee, Global Technology and Development Masters Degree Program, Member, 1999 - present
North American Center for Transborder Studies, Advisory Committee, 2007 - present


1977 - Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
1969 - M.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
1967 - B.A., University of California, Berkeley