Gilbert Michaud, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor of Practice
Areas of Expertise
Public Policy Theory
Michaud is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, where he conducts research on renewable energy policies, electric utilities, and economic and workforce development. He also holds a Visiting Faculty and Scholar position at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
Previously, Michaud served as principal investigator on an American Electric Power (AEP) project to evaluate the economic impacts of solar energy deployment in Ohio. Other applied activities have included an economic contribution study for a shale innovation project, an Ohio energy job trends report, and a regional innovation cluster project to study Ohio’s wood products, among many other projects funded by the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, and Appalachian Regional Commission. For his applied work portfolio, Michaud was awarded a faculty sustainability research award from Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability, as well as a Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 award, both in 2018. In 2019, he also won the “Best Article of the Year” Award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for his paper, “Non-utility photovoltaic deployment: Evaluation of U.S. state-level policy drivers.”
Michaud has published numerous academic articles in journals such as the International Journal of Energy Research, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, The Electricity Journal, Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, and Regional Science Policy & Practice, among many other scholarly venues. He is author or co-author of over 80 technical, white paper reports and commentary articles, including ones for Solar United Neighbors, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, and has been quoted in several news media outlets, including NPR, Bloomberg Law, S&P Global, and WalletHub. He serves as a board member for Solar United Neighbors of Ohio and Virginia, as well as on the technical review committee for the American Solar Energy Society.
Michaud received a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as an advanced certificate in Data Analytics from Cornell University.
Expertise at a Glance
- Bloomberg Law
- S&P Global
- The Parkersburg News and Sentinel