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Charlie Wilson

Research Scholar

Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

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 innovation and diffusion across diverse samples of energy technologies. This includes novel datasets and analysis on the physical scaling of technologies and industries, on the functioning of energy innovation systems, on the benefits of granular or small-scale technologies, and on pre-commercial formative phases in the innovation lifecycle. 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 Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, UK.

Last update: 14 OCT 2021


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). System Dynamics of Social Tipping Processes. IIASA Report. Laxenburg, Austria: IIASA

Gambhir, A., Green, R., Grubb, M., Heptonstall, P., Wilson, C. , & Gross, R. (2021). How Are Future Energy Technology Costs Estimated? Can We Do Better? International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics 15 (4) 271-318. 10.1561/101.00000128.