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Dustin Mulvaney

Dustin Mulvaney

Visiting Scholar, 2016-17
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Department, San Jose State University

Dustin Mulvaney is a Visiting Scholar with the Bill Lane Center for the American West during his sabbatical from San Jose State University (SJSU). Dr. Mulvaney arrived at San Jose State after an appointment at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a National Science Foundation Science & Technology Studies Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. His contributions to research in political ecology and science & technology studies include work on environmental justice, solar energy commodity chains, and public lands and energy development in the American West. His forthcoming book Solar Power: Innovation, Sustainability, Environmental Justice will be published by the University California Press in 2017. 


Mulvaney, D. (forthcoming, 2017). Solar Power: Sustainability, Innovation, and Environmental Justice. Berkeley, University of California Press.


Selected Articles

Mulvaney, D. (In press, 2017). Geographies of Solar Power. K. Calvert and B. Solomon. Handbook on the Geographies of Energy. Edward Elgar, New York

Mulvaney, D. (2016). Energy and Global Production Networks. Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy. B. Sovacool, Van de Graaf, T., Kern, F., Ghosh, A., and Klare, M. B (Eds.). London, Palgrave.

Mulvaney, D. (2016). Renewable Energy. Oxford Bibliographies in Geography. Barney Warf (Ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Mulvaney, D., Gershenson, A., and Toscher, B. (2016). How Production Horizons of Already Leased Federal Fossil Fuels Outlast Global Carbon Budgets. A report for the Center for Biological Diversity and the Friends of the Earth.

Mulvaney, D., Gershenson, A., and Toscher, B. (2015). Potential Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Federal Fossil Fuels. A report for the Center for Biological Diversity and the Friends of the Earth.

Mulvaney, D. (2014). Are Green Jobs Just Jobs? Cadmium Narratives in the Life Cycle of Photovoltaics. Geoforum, 54, 178–186. 

Mulvaney, D. (2014). Solar’s Green Dilemma. Must cheaper photovoltaics come with a higher environmental price tag? IEEE Spectrum, September, 26–29.

Newell, P. & Mulvaney, D. (2013). The Political Economy of the Just Transition. The Geographical Journal, 178(3), 1-12.

Lipschutz, R. & Mulvaney, D. (2013). The Road not Taken, Round II: Centralized v. Distributed Energy Strategies and Human Security. In H. Dyer & M.J. Trombetta (Eds.), International Handbook of Energy Security (pp. 483–506). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Sakellariou, N. & Mulvaney, D. (2013). Engineers and the Renewable Energy Transition: Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 139(1), 12–18.



Expert Witness Testimony, Utah Public Utilities Commission, Produced written report on behalf of Sierra Club in proceedings over Rocky Mountain Power’s solar net metering and customer charges. Direct testimony, Net metering avoided cost methodology, PV payback model, Emissions estimates, & Surrebuttal testimony.



Video: Webinar: water footprint and water use reporting from Marcellus Shale development in West Virginia and Pennsylvania:

Video: Keeping Solar Clean with Switzer Fellow Dustin Mulvaney:


Ph.D., Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
M.S., Environmental Policy Studies, New Jersey Institute of Technology
B.S., Chemical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology