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Charlie Wilson

Senior Research Scholar

Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment

Senior Research Scholar

Sustainable Service Systems Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment


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


McBain, S.M., Axsen, J., & Wilson, C. (2023). Function, symbolism or society? Exploring consumer interest in electric and shared mobility. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 118 e103675. 10.1016/j.trd.2023.103675.

Vrain, E., Wilson, C. , & Andrews, B. (2022). The discontinuance of low carbon digital products and services. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 185 e122051. 10.1016/j.techfore.2022.122051.

Eker, S. & Wilson, C. (2022). Social tipping mechanisms for rapid decarbonization. In: International System Dynamics Conference, 19-22 July 2022, Frankfurt, Germany.

Eker, S. & Wilson, C. (2022). System Dynamics of Social Tipping Processes. IIASA Report. Laxenburg, Austria: IIASA