Senior Research Fellow
David G. Victor is a global expert on international energy and environmental regulations. He is professor of international relations at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and is the cofounder and director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation (ILAR).
Before joining the UCSD faculty, he was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he taught energy and environmental law. He is the author of Global Warming Gridlock: Creating More Effective Strategies for Protecting the Planet (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which was recognized by The Economist as one of the best books of 2011. His research focuses on regulated industries and how regulation affects the operation of major energy markets.
Professor Victor is currently a leading contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN-sanctioned international body with 195 country members. He is Co-Chair of the Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate at The Brookings Institution, and an Adjunct Professor of Climate, Atmospheric Science & Physical Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In addition, he chairs Southern California Edison’s Community Engagement Panel for decommissioning the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.