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Christopher Galik

Professor and Interim Department Chair

School of Public and International Affairs

Caldwell Hall NA

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Christopher Galik joined NC State in August 2016 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Sustainable Energy Systems and Policy (SESP). Galik is a professor in the Department of Public Administration, and is primarily interested in the areas of institutions and the portability of governance systems. He brings an interdisciplinary perspective to his work, leveraging expertise in institutional theory, economics, and the natural sciences to address energy and environmental management and policy challenges. Recent research includes an evaluation of institutional stability in environmental governance, the influence of historical transitions on the adoption of sustainable practices at the local level, and the contribution of voluntary actions to climate change mitigation objectives.

Galik obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Vassar College, a master’s degree in resource economics and policy from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in forestry and environmental resources from North Carolina State University. Galik returns to NC State via Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, where he worked for a decade on a variety of environmental and energy policy research and outreach initiatives. He has published multiple whitepapers, briefs, and online discussion papers, as well as articles in journals such as Nature Climate Change, Global Environmental Change, Climate Policy, Applied Energy, Energy Policy, and others. Galik has also worked with private sector, NGO, academic, state government, and federal agency stakeholders to plan and convene multiple panels, workshops, and symposia on a wide variety of energy and environmental policy issues.

Office Hours

  • Wed: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thu: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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Research Publications

(Recent, Selected)

Godlevskaya, D., Galik, C. S., & Kaufman, N. (2021). Major US electric utility climate pledges have the potential to collectively reduce power sector emissions by one-third. One Earth, 4, 1741-1751.

Galik, C. S., & Ba, Y. (2021). Historical manufacturing volatility and local sustainability efforts: A link to the past. Global Environmental Change, 72, 102421.

Galik, C. S., & Chelbi, L. (2021). Revisiting institutional stability: A systematic review and distillation of dominant modes. Environmental Policy and Governance, 31, 463-473.

Galik, C. S. (2020). A continuing need to revisit BECCS and its potential. Nature Climate Change, 10, 2-3.

Galik, C. S., Latta, G. S., & Gambino, C. (2019). The efficacy of near-term greenhouse gas mitigation policy portfolios in U.S. forests and agriculture. Climate Policy, 19, 1270-1283.

Ba, Y., & Galik, C. (2019). Polycentric systems and multiscale climate change mitigation and adaptation in the built environment. Review of Policy Research, 36, 473-496.

Galik, C. S., DeCarolis, J. F., & Fell, H. (2017). Evaluating the U.S. mid-century strategy for deep decarbonization amidst early century uncertainty. Climate Policy, 17, 1046-1056.


B.A. Biology Vassar College 1999

MEM Resource Economics and Policy Duke University 2002

Ph.D.` Forestry and Environmental Resources North Carolina State University 2014