Vaclav Smil


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Vaclav Smil does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy.

He has published more than 30 books and some 400 papers on these topics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Science Academy), the first non-American to receive the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology, and in 2010 he was listed by Foreign Policy among the top 100 global thinkers. He has worked as a consultant for many US, EU and international institutions, has been an invited speaker in more than 300 conferences and workshops in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa, and has lectured at many universities in North America, Europe and East Asia.


"Memories of Peak Oil," The American (February 2013)

"A Skeptic Looks at Alternative Energy," IEEE Spectrum (July 2012)

"The Myth of the Innovator Hero," The Atlantic (November 2011)

"A Hummer in Every Driveway," Foreign Policy (November 2011)