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Mark Thurber

Mark Thurber (650) 724-9709
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Mark Thurber is Associate Director for Research at the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Dr. Thurber's research interests include how institutional factors affect the diffusion of technologies - both large-scale, infrastructure-intensive ones such as for central electricity generation or carbon capture and storage (CCS) as well as small, highly-distributed ones such as improved cookstoves or generators for the very poor. He also studies the role of state-owned enterprises in world energy markets and is co-editor of an upcoming volume on national oil companies from Cambridge University Press ("Oil and Governance: State-Owned Enterprises and the World Energy Supply"). Dr. Thurber holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering (Thermosciences) and a B.S.E. from Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a certificate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Before coming to PESD, Dr. Thurber worked in high-tech industry, focusing on high-volume manufacturing operations in Mexico, China, and Malaysia. This work included a multi-year assignment in Guadalajara, Mexico building up local technological capability.

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