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

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

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

M. C. Slattery, B. L. Johnson, J. A. Swofford, 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 : 3690– 3701

M. 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

S. Haag, M.J. Pasqualetti, and M. Manning. 2012.  Industry Perceptions of Solar Energy Policy in the American Southwest. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences. 9(1): 37-50.

M.J. Pasqualetti. 2011.The Competing Dimensions of Energy Security. The Routledge Energy Security Handbook, Benjamin Sovacool, ed. London: Routledge. Chapter 14, pp. 275-290.

M.J. Pasqualetti and Susan Haag. 2011. A Solar Economy in the American Southwest: Critical Next Steps. Energy Policy, 39: 887–893.

M.J. Pasqualetti and Cynthia Schwartz. 2011. Siting Solar Power in Arizona: A Public Value Failure? In Renewable Energy and the Public: From NIMBY to Participation edited by Patrick Devine-Wright. Earthscan. pp. 167-185.

C. A. Scott and M.J. Pasqualetti. 2010. Energy and Water Resources Scarcity: Critical Infrastructure for Growth and Economic Development in Arizona and Sonora. Natural Resources Journal, 50: 645-682.

M.J. Pasqualetti, R.C. Boscamp and M. Talbert. 2010. The Silver Bullet Myth of Sustainable Energy Savings. The Electricity Journal, 23(8): 72-78.

M.J. Pasqualetti. 2009. The Alberta Oil Sands From Both Sides of the Border. Geographical Review, 99(2): 248-267.

M.J. Pasqualetti. 2008. Energy Landscapes and the Growth of Arizona, in Building to Endure: Design Strategies for Arid Landscapes. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

Courses Taught

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


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