Areas of Interest:

  • Energy Policy and Economics
  • Energy Justice
  • Just Transition
  • Electricity Markets
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Energy-based Economic Development

Professor Sanya Carley's research focuses on policy and other efforts aimed at advancing the innovation of low-carbon and efficient energy technologies in both the electricity and transportation sectors. Her recent projects focus on the U.S. energy transition, including a study of vulnerable populations to the transition and a study of public acceptance of energy infrastructure. In other work, she evaluates the effects, design, and unintended consequences of renewable portfolio standards, corporate average fuel economy standards, and net energy metering standards, among other policies. Ongoing research also focuses on energy-based economic development and sustainability in industry.

Research: Energy policy; Energy-based economic development; Distributed generation

Research Area: Environmental Policy and Management

Areas: Energy policy; economic development; policy instruments; applied econometrics


  • Energy Policy
  • Sustainability & Sustainable Development
  • Policy Analysis
  • International Affairs & Development


Natural Resources Conservation, Environmental Policy, Public Administration, Political Science
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Public Policy, 2010
MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Urban and Regional Planning, 2006
BA, Swarthmore College, Sustainable Development, 2003
BA, Swarthmore College, Economics, 2003