Dr. Geoffrey RothwellSenior associate - Economics and policy
areas of expertise
- Global energy economics
- Policy development
- Nuclear fuel cycle markets
- Regulatory models
- Liability fund financing and
Economic case development
- Antitrust litigation
- Academic co-operation
- Post-Doctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology
- Ph.D., Department of Economics, UC, Berkeley
- M.A., Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC, Berkeley.
- Visiting Doctoral Student, Engineering Economic Systems, Stanford.
- M.A., Department of Economics, UC, Berkeley.
- Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, Grand Valley State Colleges, Michigan.
- B.A., The Evergreen State College, Washington.
- BAC Lycée François Premier, Académie de Rouen, France.
A leading economist in the field of nuclear power, decommissioning and waste management, Geoffrey has worked tirelessly to raise informed global debate on the topics of long-term financing and contingency arrangements for operating plants, fuel transfer pricing, plutonium disposition and on the viability of the world’s long-term nuclear waste storage options.
Dr. Rothwell has held a vast range of public, private and NGO appointments – serving on senior committees for policy development at the IAEA, and advising the US government on long-term management of nuclear waste liabilities.
He has published over 200 papers on nuclear economics and is a regular author on OECD publications. He holds an MA and PhD from Berkeley, and is a Post-doctoral fellow of the California Institute of Technology. He is a fluent French speaker.
Selected Projects & Roles
- Principal Economist – OECD – Paris
Leading the economics function for the OECD Nuclear Development Division. Lead and Co-author on key annual publications and research programmes.
- Senior Lecturer – Stanford University – Department of Economics and Public Policy
- Economics Director – Gen IV International Forum – Economic Modelling working group
- IAEA – Committee Member- Vienna
Committee on the Influence of Electricity Market Liberalization on the Market for Nuclear Energy, and Committee on Methodology for Nuclear Power Plant Performance and Statistical Analysis
- “Sustainability of Light Water Reactor Fuel Cycles” with T. Wood, Don Daly, and Mark R. Weimar,
Energy Policy, Special Issue on Nuclear Power Sustainability, (Dec 2014)
- “A Comparative Institutional Analysis of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Lessons and Policy Implications,”
with M. Aoki, Energy Policy, 53: 240-247 (Feb 2013).
- “International Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Supply: Are Fabrication Services Assured?” Energy Economics 32:
- “Market Power in Uranium Enrichment,” Science & Global Security 17(2-3): 132-154 (2009).
- “Managing Advanced Technology System Deployment: An Optimal Allocation between R&D and Prototype
Funding,” Economics of Innovation and New Technology 16,6: 419-432 (2007).
- “IAEA’s DEEP in Carlsbad: Co-Producing Energy and Water in Southern California,” International Journal
of Nuclear Desalination 2, 3: 265-279 (2007).
- “Valuation and Optionality of Large Energy Industry Capital Investments,” with R. Graber, Cost Engineering
48,8: 20-26 (2006).
- “A Real Options Approach to Evaluating New Nuclear Power Plants,” Energy Journal 27,1: 37-53 (2006).
- “Are Light Water Reactor Energy Systems Sustainable?” with B. van der Zwaan, Journal of Energy and
Development 29,1: 65-79 (Autumn 2003).
- “The Risk of Early Retirement of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants under Electricity Deregulation and Carbon Dioxide
Reductions,” The Energy Journal 21,3: 61-87 (July 2000).
- “Transaction Costs, Regulation, and Subcontracting at Nuclear Power Plants” with J.B. Jensen, Journal of
Economic Behavior and Organization 36,3: 369-381 (1998).
- “Organizational Structure and Expected Output for Nuclear Power Plants,” Review of Economics and Statistics
78: 482-488 (Aug 1996).
- “The Optimal Time to Decommissioning Commercial Nuclear Reactors,” The Energy Journal 12: 305-14 (1991)
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