Michael LaBelle

EMBA Capstone Project Director
Associate Professor

Contact information

Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51
+36 1 887 5058

Dr. Michael LaBelle is an associate professor at Central European University. He holds a joint appointment between the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and the Department of Economics and Business. He is also, an Open Society University Network Senior Academy Fellow, at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Professor LaBelle's research is centered on energy governance, energy justice, geopolitics, security, and innovation. The role of state institutions to foster investment is central to understanding the role of companies in developing new energy technologies. His geographic focus is on Central Eastern Europe and the European Union. He is the author of the book, Energy Cultures: Technology, Justice, and Geopolitics in Eastern Europe, published by Edward Elgar. He is also the producer and host of the My Energy 2050 podcast. From 2017 - 2021 he held the Jean Monnet Chair in Energy Innovations and Strategies at CEU, awarded by the European Commission

Previously, Dr. LaBelle was a member of the Atlantic Council’s Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network. He worked in the CEU Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) and at the Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK) at Corvinus University. He has worked on projects for the European Commission, United States Agency for International Development, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Energy Regulators Regional Association and energy consulting companies, and European universities. He holds an MSc and PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Bristol.

Office Hours: On sabbatical from October 1, 2022, to September 31, 2023.

A note: For a list of some publications there is Google Scholar. However, to gain a better understanding of my work, I suggest to listen to a few episodes of the My Energy  2050 podcast. This serves an important function in disseminating a wide variety of information and experiences from fellow academics, policymakers, business leaders and an ecletic mix of people who are all making the energy transition possible. The My Energy Podcast holds an ISSN, making each weekly episode a publication. Importantly, the podcast is open-access and nobody makes any money in the process. It is an academic return to Walden Pond. 


Ph.D. in Geographical Sciences (2006), University of Bristol, UK

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