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Timothy Fraser

Doctoral Student

Timothy Fraser is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in Public Policy and Comparative Politics.
His current research applies mixed methods to study disaster evacuation, recovery, and adaptation through renewable energy. He uses network analysis, GIS, statistical modeling in R, and fieldwork. He has co-authored 10 articles on disaster social science and energy policy. His past work examined Japanese nuclear power politics and community impacts of renewable power plant siting. He has taught in the following roles at Northeastern:

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Timothy received his BA in International and Global Studies from Middlebury College, and his MA in Political Science from Northeastern University. He spent five years training in Japanese language and nearly two years in the field interviewing Japanese citizens, activists, and policymakers about controversial energy projects in their community. Prior to enrolling in the PhD program, he researched nuclear and solar power politics in Japan on a 2016 Fulbright Fellowship at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. He enjoys learning foreign languages, hiking, and network visualizations.


Timothy Fraser. 2019. Japan’s Resilient, Renewable Cities: How Socioeconomics and Local Policy drive Japan’s Renewable Energy Transition. Environmental Politics.

Timothy Fraser. 2019. How Governance and Disasters shape Renewable Energy Transitions: The case of Japanese mega-solar. Social Science Quarterly 100(3)

Andrew J. Chapman, Timothy Fraser, & Melanie Dennis. 2019. Investigating Ties between Energy Policy and Social Equity Research: A Citation Network Analysis. Social Sciences 8 (5), 135.

Timothy Fraser and Daniel P. Aldrich. 2019. East Asia’s Nuclear Policies: Fukushima Effect or a Nuclear Renaissance?Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs.

Lee, Juheon & Fraser, Timothy. 2018. How do disasters affect individuals’ social ties? The impacts of disaster experiences and the perceived risks of disasters on participation in voluntary associations. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

Daniel P. Aldrich, Courtney Page-Tan, and Timothy Fraser. 2018. A Janus Faced Resource: Social Capital and Resilience Trade-offs. International Risk Governance Council Resource Guide, vol 2.

Chapman, Andrew, and Timothy Fraser. 2018. Japan’s Mega Solar Boom: Quantifying Social Equity Expectations and Realities at the Local Scale. Sustainability Science.

Timothy Fraser and Andrew Chapman. 2018. Social Equity Impacts in Japan’s Mega Solar Siting Process. Energy for Sustainable Development 42, 136-151.

Daniel P. Aldrich 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.

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 Research41, no. 14, 2374-2391.

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

MA, Political Science, Northeastern University

Research Interests: Environmental Politics, Disaster Recovery, Japanese Politics, Civil Society

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