Lee Schipper

Lee Schipper is Project Scientist with Global Metropolitan Studies at UC Berkeley. He is also an affiliate of the Energy and Resources Group at UC. He holds the part time appointment of Senior Research Engineer at the Precourt Institute of Energy Efficiency at Stanford University.

Dr. Schipper has authored over 100 technical papers and a number of books on energy economics, environment, and transportation around the world. He takes part in numerous prestigious international panels and studies on energy and transportation, and is on the editorial boards of five major journals in the fields. Dr. Schipper was a member of the Swedish Board for Transportation and Communications Research for four years, and is currently a member of the US Transportation Research Board’s Committees on Sustainable Transport, on Energy, and on Developing Countries.

Dr. Schipper earned his Ph.D. at Berkeley in astrophysics, but has devoted his career to earthly problems of transport, energy and environment. Previously he had been Director of Research for EMBARQ, the World Resources Institute (WRI) Center for Sustainable Transport, which he helped found in April, 2002. Dr. Schipper came to EMBARQ from the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, where he had been visiting Scientist from 1995 to 2001. Previous to that he was Staff Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for two decades. He worked in Group Planning at Shell International Petroleum Company in the 1980s and again in 2001, where he worked on two sets of Shell Scenarios. He has been a guest researcher at the World Bank, VVS Tekniska Foerening (Stockholm), the OECD Development Center, and the Stockholm Environment Institute.

As a consultant, Dr. Schipper works with Global Business Network/Monitor and has rejoined Cambridge Energy Research Associates as a Senior Associate. He also served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and other international groups. He also lectures widely around the world. Lee received a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on two Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change (IPCC).

Dr. Schipper brings a unique twist to the transport and energy worlds, having obtained his BA in Music from Berkeley in 1968 (with course work at UCLA). One a member of the UCLA jazz quintet, he still leads a jazz quintet from time to time, and recorded “The Phunky Physicist”, with Janne Schaffer, in Sweden in 1973. He appeared in Copenhagen at pre-events for COP 15.

Global Metropolitan Studies, UC Berkeley
Project Scientist