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Christopher Galik

Associate Professor

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 an associate 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 factors influencing individual participation in new markets, modeling of forest markets in response to novel energy policy interventions, and the use of experiences in the energy sector to motivate policy design and delivery in other fields.

Galik obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Vassar College, a master’s degree in resource economics and policy from Duke University, and 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 the last 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 multiple peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Climate Policy, Applied Energy, Energy Policy, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 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.


Institutional Analysis of Energy Systems

The Environmental Implications of Climate-Induced Transitions

Quantifying the Carbon Implications of Targeted Energy and Sequestration Initiatives

Office Hours

  • Wed: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thu: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Or By Appointment


Research Publications

(Recent, Selected)

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., & Olander, L. P. (2018). A review of the use of early-action incentives in U.S. environmental markets. Land Use Policy, 72, 1-11.

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.

Galik, C.S., & Abt, R.C. (2016). Sustainability guidelines and forest market response: An assessment of EU pellet demand in the southeastern U.S. GCB Bioenergy, 8, 658-669.


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