Professor Sanya Carley's research focuses on energy justice as well as on policies aimed at advancing the innovation of low-carbon and efficient energy technologies in both the electricity and transportation sectors. In her most recent projects, she and collaborators study the incidence of energy insecurity among U.S. households and the equity and justice dimensions of the U.S. energy transition.
In other work, she evaluates the effects, design, and unintended consequences of renewable portfolio standards, corporate average fuel economy standards, and net energy metering standards. Ongoing research also focuses on public perceptions of energy technology and infrastructure, energy-based economic development, policy diffusion, and sustainability in industry. She was recently honored with the Association of Public Policy and Management’s David N. Kershaw Award, for making distinguished research contributions toward public policy and management.
A member of IU faculty since 2010, Carley teaches courses on energy economics, markets, policy, and justice, research design, and project-based capstones. Her demonstrated commitment to teaching and service have been recognized with multiple awards, including the IU Trustees Teaching Award, the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, the Most Personable Faculty Member Student Choice Award, and the Campus Catalyst Award for Excellence in Teaching, among others.
Carley has served as a consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank Group, the Institute for International Business, Nicholas Institute for the Environment, and RTI International.