Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

T. Robert Fetter

Senior Policy Associate, James E. Rogers Energy Access Project


Rob Fetter is a senior policy associate at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions working with the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project. He works with researchers from multiple units at Duke University focused on policy, business, economics, law, science, and engineering. He also works with global practitioners and policy makers, to advance opportunities to increase energy access and the use of low-carbon and sustainable energy sources.

Fetter joined the Nicholas Institute after completing his Ph.D. in environmental policy at Duke, where he wrote about global energy transitions as well as about regulation and firm learning in the emerging technology of hydraulic fracturing. Prior to his doctoral studies, he helped create a social enterprise company that created an independent, stakeholder-based certification standard for responsibly produced oil and gas, and he co-led the strategic engagement of NGOs, indigenous communities, and other stakeholders. He previously worked in environmental policy consulting for more than a decade, leading interdisciplinary analyses, writing more than 80 technical reports, and serving as an expert witness on renewable energy markets.