I am an assistant professor in the School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of California, San Diego. I study the engineering implications and institutional conflicts inherent in deploying low-carbon energy at scale. See my research areas and papers for more details.
I am a faculty member with the 21st Century China Center, where I run a project on Chinese energy markets with the China Data Lab, and the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy, all located at UC San Diego. I am also a fellow with the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Previously, I was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and received my Ph.D. in engineering systems and an S.M. in technology and policy from the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, where I was also a researcher with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Prior to MIT, I worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council and was a Fulbright fellow in the Tsinghua University Department of Energy and Power Engineering.
I welcome inquiries by prospective PhD applicants and postdoctoral fellows, as well as UC San Diego students interested in conducting research. Consult my list of academic programs and mentoring opportunities. Please identify interests within ongoing research areas and include a CV or resume when contacting me:
- mrdavidson AT ucsd.edu
I split my time between both sides of campus. If you need to connect with me in person, please send me an email to arrange a time. My office locations: