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Abe Tidwell

Abe Tidwell

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 371-7210


Abraham "Abe" Tidwell is an energy social scientist in the Energy Policy & Economics group who focuses on how human decision-making and policy shape patterns of technology adoption and energy systems innovation. A collaborator on DOE, NSF, and other federally-funded programs, Abraham leverages his training in sociotechnical systems transitions and mixed method research approaches to advance our understanding of issues ranging from energy efficiency messaging and education programming, improving best practices for public engagement around siting energy facilities, and the inclusion of complex social dynamics in planning for energy system resilience and security.

Abraham's recent work has been published in major social science journals such as Energy Research & Social Science, Social Studies of Science, Sustainability, and Science, Technology & Human Values. Prior to joining PNNL, Abraham worked as part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service in program evaluation, UGA sponsored project administration, and as an Adjunct Researcher for RAND Corporation evaluating organizational and infrastructural challenges facing the United States Navy surface fleet.

Abraham holds a PhD in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology from Arizona State University, an MS in the International Political Economy of Resources from the Colorado School of Mines, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Research Interests

  • Technology adoption and user/designer decision-making
  • Science & Technology Policy
  • Public engagement in energy systems siting processes
  • Residential energy efficiency
  • Science education
  • Sustainable development

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, School for the Future of Innovation in Society/Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO), Arizona State University
  • M.S., International Political Economy of Natural Resources, Colorado School of Mines
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech)

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • RAND Corporation Alumni Association
  • Society for the Social Studies of Science

PNNL Publications


Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas