Portrait of Hal Nelson
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  • Degrees
    PhD, Public Administration and Policy, Portland State University
    MS, Political Science, Portland State University
    BS, Finance, University of Idaho
  • Research Interests
    International political economy, Climate policy, Civic engagement, Decision making, Energy policy, Environmental politics and policies

Hal Nelson is a research associate professor in the Division of Politics and Economics. His research interests include international political economy, climate policy, civic engagement, and decision making. In addition to these fields, his teaching interests include international relations, energy policy, international environmental politics and policies, policy evaluation, regulatory policy, and methods.

He received his PhD in Public Administration and Policy from Portland State University, with an emphasis in international institutions and energy policy. Since then, he has worked in numerous professional and research occupations, such as his position as a policy analyst and risk management specialist at Trexler Climate and Energy Services; his role as an analyst for Xenergy; and his role as an applied researcher for Pacific Energy Associates. In addition to these roles, he taught at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Nelson came to CGU in 2006.

Nelson is a former member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where he developed and executed arbitrage and risk management strategies for institutional investors. Since 2008, Nelson has been a senior advisor to the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) for Residential, Commercial, and Industrial power supply and helps U.S. states develop climate action plans to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases.

Nelson is creating an online map for the SoCal Energy Infrastructure Project. His article, “A Governing Framework for Climate Change Adaptation for the Built Environment” (co-authored with Daniel A. Mazmanian and John Jurewitz), appeared in a special issue of Ecology and Science on the governance of climate change adaptation.

Co-authored with Nicholas Cain and Zining Yang. “All Politics Are Spatial: Integrating an Agent-Based Decision Support Model with Spatially Explicit Landscape Data.” In Rethinking Environmental Justice in Sustainable Cities, edited by Heather Campbell. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Co-authored with Zining Yang and Mark Adollahian. “Sustainable Energy Infrastructure Siting: An Agent-Based Approach.” Journal of Energy Challenges and Mechanics 2, no. 3 (2015): 75–84.

Co-authored with David Von Hippel, et al. “The Great Recession or Progressive Energy Policies? Explaining the Decline in US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Forecasts.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 59, no. 3 (2015): 1–22.

Co-authored with Adam Rose, et al. “Intergovernmental Climate Change Mitigation Policies: Theory and Outcomes.” Journal of Public Policy 35, no. 1 (2015): 1–40.

Co-authored with Pat Delaquil, et al. “Developing and Assessing Investment Options for Economic, Energy, and Climate Security Gains in the United States.” Low Carbon Economy 5, no. 2 (2013): 27–39.

Co-authored with Daniel A. Mazmanian and John Jurewitz. “A Governing Framework for Climate Change Adaptation in the Built Environment.” Ecology and Society 18, no. 4 (2013).

Policy Evaluation
Energy Policy