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Charlie Wilson

Senior Research Scholar

Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Senior Research Scholar

Sustainable Service Systems Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program


Charlie Wilson is a visiting research scholar in the Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) Program, working on a range of energy, innovation, and climate change mitigation projects. His work focuses on the dynamics and patterns of technological and social change, both historically and under future scenarios towards climate stabilization and sustainability goals. This work includes analysis of the energy and climate impacts of digitalization in daily life; the economic and human benefits of small-scale or granular technologies; and low-carbon lifestyle change. His work has fed into the Global Energy Assessment (2012), been published in a Cambridge University Press book (2014), as well as various journal publications and IIASA working papers (2009-present). He is also a professor of Energy and Climate Change in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, UK.

Last update: 16 MAR 2023


Fiander, J., Walker, C., Rowlands, I.H., Devine-Wright, P., Wilson, C. , Soutar, I., & Gupta, R. (2024). Energy democracy, public participation, and support for local energy system change in Canada. Energy Research & Social Science 113 e103526. 10.1016/j.erss.2024.103526.

Eker, S. , Wilson, C. , Hohne, N., McCaffrey, M., Monasterolo, I., Niamir, L. , & Zimm, C. (2024). Feedbacks and social tipping: A dynamic systems approach to rapid decarbonization. DOI:10.5194/egusphere-egu24-20483. In: EGU General Assembly 2024, 14-19 April 2024, Vienna.

Sugiyama, M., Wilson, C. , Wiedenhofer, D., Boza-Kiss, B. , Cao, T., Chatterjee, J.S., Chatterjee, S., Hara, T., Hayashi, A., Ju, Y., Krey, V. , Godoy León, M.F., Martinez, L., Masanet, E., Mastrucci, A. , Min, J. , Niamir, L. , Pelz, S. , Roy, J., Saheb, Y., Schaeffer, R., Ürge-Vorsatz, D., van Ruijven, B. , Shimoda, Y., Verdolini, E., Wiese, F., Yamaguchi, Y., Zell-Ziegler, C., & Zimm, C. (2024). High with low: Harnessing the power of demand-side solutions for high wellbeing with low energy and material demand. Joule 8 (1) 1-6. 10.1016/j.joule.2023.12.014.

Lenton, T.M., Armstrong McKay, D.I., Loriani, S., Abrams, J.F., Lade, S.J., Donges, J.F., Milkoreit, M., Powell, T., Smith, S.R., Zimm, C. , Buxton, J.E., Bailey, E., Laybourn, L., Ghadiali, A., & Dyke, J.G. (2023). The Global Tipping Points Report 2023. University of Exeter , Exeter, UK.

Kriegler, E., Strefler, J., Gulde, R., Angelkorte, G., Bauer, N., Baptista, L., Dessens, O., Emmerling, J., Tavoni, M., Fragkos, P., Fragiadakis, D., Giannousakis, A., Guivarch, C., Harmsen, M., Humpenöder, F., Lefèvre, J., Mastrucci, A. , Nawaz, A., Schaeffer, R., Tagomori, I., van Heerden, R., Pettifor, H., van Ruijven, B. , van Vuuren, D., Wilson, C. , Yeh, S., & Zuber, S. (2023). How to achieve a rapid, fair, and efficient transformation to net zero emissions. Policy findings from the NAVIGATE project. The NAVIGATE consortium