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Timothy Fraser

Doctoral Student

Timothy Fraser is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in Public Policy and Comparative Politics. He has a strong background and interest in state-society relations over energy policy and energy transition. His recent research focuses on evaluating social equity impacts of renewable power plant siting.

Prior Work

Prior to enrolling in the PhD program, he studied local disputes over Japanese state energy policy on a 2016 Fulbright Fellowship at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. Timothy’s past collaborations focused on veto players nuclear power, social externalities in proposed hydrogen import pathways, and social equity in mega-solar policy. His undergraduate thesis focused on embedded political economic and social pressures in Japanese nuclear power plant host communities.


Timothy received his BA in International and Global Studies from Middlebury College in Vermont, where he tutored writing and worked on intercultural education initiatives in local schools. Originally from rural western Pennsylvania, he is interested in rural economies.


Fraser, Timothy and Andrew Chapman. 2018. Social Equity Impacts in Japan’s Mega Solar Siting Process. Energy for Sustainable Development 42, 136-151. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esd.2017.11.002

Aldrich, Daniel P. and Timothy Fraser. 2017. All Politics is Local: Judicial and Electoral Institutions’ Role in Japan’s Nuclear Restarts. Pacific Affairs 90, no. 3, 433-457. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5509/2017903433

Chapman, Andrew, Timothy Fraser, and Kenshi Itaoka. 2017. Hydrogen Import Pathway Comparison Framework incorporating Cost and Social Preference: Case studies from Australia to Japan. International Journal of Energy Research 41, no. 14, 2374-2391. https://doi.org/10.1002/er.3807

Conference Presentations

“Restarting the Sendai Reactor: Japanese Civic Activism after Fukushima.” Presented at the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs Thesis in Dialogue Conference at Middlebury College, February 24, 2017.


Degree earned and institution:

BA, International & Global Studies, Middlebury College

Research Interests: Energy Policy, Japanese Politics, State-Society Relations, Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics


Contact info:
960A Renaissance Park

Curriculum Vitae