Dr. Michael LaBelle is an associate professor and the Jean Monnet Chair in Energy and Innovation Strategies at Central European University. He holds a joint appointment between the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and the Department of Economics and Business. His research is centered on energy governance, innovation strategies, and energy justice. The role of state institutions to foster investment is central to understand the role of companies developing new energy technologies. Professor LaBelle’s past research focused on policies and regulations behind Central Europe’s energy systems, including geopolitics of gas and neoliberal market reforms. He has published widely on the attempt to foster a shale gas industry in Eastern Europe. He teaches courses on energy policies and technologies, including sustainability and innovation. Much of his research involves issues of risk governance, with special attention paid to the sunk cost of energy investments. In addition, he has written peer reviewed articles and consulting publications on the strategic movement of energy firms and the regulatory environment in the Central Eastern European region.
Dr. LaBelle has conducted a range of energy research projects in the Central Eastern European region as well as the United States. These include understanding the role of governance and regulations involved in the transition towards liberalized and sustainable energy markets. He has worked on projects for USAID, the European Commission and the Energy Regulators Regional Association. In addition, he has written peer reviewed articles and consulting publications on the strategic movement of energy firms and the regulatory environment in the CEE region. Before joining CEU, Dr. LaBelle worked as an independent consultant, for his company Limax Energy, his clients and partners include international organizations, consulting firms and universities. He held the position of Research Associate at the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research at Corvinus University from 2005 to 2009. He has a PhD and MSc in Geographical Sciences from the University of Bristol.
Extensive experience researching energy security of supply and international political-economic issues. Current research is focused on innovation in energy technologies, state policies and the transition to a low carbon economy, including shale gas in Europe. Dr. LaBelle has experience communicating insight to academics, students, senior managers, government officials and media.
Ph.D. in Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, United Kingdom2001 – 2006
Dissertation: Powering the Deregulation of Electricity: The (Re)Organization of Space and Scale through Neoliberal Regulations.Examines energy deregulation in the US at different levels of government, impetus for competition and strategic response of energy companies.
M.Sc. in Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, United Kingdom 2000 – 2002 Thesis: The Divorce of the Hungarian Nation from its Territory: globalization and regionalization in East Central Europe. Hungarian state policies towards Hungarian Diaspora.
B.A. in Geography & International Studies honors, University of Minnesota 1996 -1998
Studied International Relations, Michigan State University 1995 – 1996
Certificate in International Relations, Umeå University, Sweden 1/1994 – 5/1994
A.A. in Journalism, Northwestern Michigan College 1992 – 1995
8/2017 – present, Jean Monnet Chair in Energy and Innovation Strategies, The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Union, Erasmus+ Programme
1/2017 – present, Associate Professor, Central European University Business School and CEU Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Budapest, Hungary
8/2012 – 12/2016, Assistant Professor, Central European University Business School and CEU Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Budapest, Hungary
2/2012 – 7/2012, Program Developer and Researcher in Innovation, Sustainability and Energy, Central European UniversityBusiness School, Budapest, Hungary
4/2011 – 2/2012 Research Project Manager, Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Develop and organize research projects. Oversee budget and coordinate with university administration. Conduct research.
1/2010 – 2012 Independent Consultant, Limax Energy, Budapest, Hungary
Consultant on energy policy, regulation and investment in Europe. Organize consortia for international projects. Cooperate with international organizations and large energy consulting firms.
5/2005 – 12/2009 Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Analyze energy policy and regulations, proposal writing and project coordination. Working with clients and consortium partners including business development tasks.