Dr. Richard G. Newell is the Gendell Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Professor of Economics, and Professor of Public Policy at Duke University. He is Co-Director of the Energy Data Analytics Lab and during 2011-2016 he was Founding Director of the Duke University Energy Initiative. Dr. Newell is the former Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the agency responsible for official U.S. government energy statistics and analysis. He also served as the Senior Economist for energy and environment on the President's Council of Economic Advisors, prior to which he was a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF). He is a member of the Board of Directors of RFF, the International Advisory Council of KAPSARC, the Board on Environmental Change and Society of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and several editorial boards.
Dr. Newell has published widely on the economics of markets and policies for energy, the environment, and related technologies, particularly issues surrounding global climate change, energy efficiency, and energy innovation. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has provided expert advice and consulted with many private, governmental, non-governmental, and international institutions, such as the NAS, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the International Energy Forum, and the National Petroleum Council. Dr. Newell holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a M.P.A. from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a B.S. and B.A. from Rutgers University.