This image is having trouble loading!FSI researchers examine the role of energy sources from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) investigates how the production and consumption of energy affect human welfare and environmental quality. Professors assess natural gas and coal markets, as well as the smart energy grid and how to create effective climate policy in an imperfect world. This includes how state-owned enterprises – like oil companies – affect energy markets around the world. Regulatory barriers are examined for understanding obstacles to lowering carbon in energy services. Realistic cap and trade policies in California are studied, as is the creation of a giant coal market in China.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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Federal and Private Roles in the Development and Provision of Alglucerase Therapy for Gaucher Disease

October 1992

The effort to discover and develop new pharmaceuticals is a risky and costly enterprise.

Testimony on Cholesterol

December 1989

Cholesterol Education Program: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred First Congress, First...

Burden of medical illness in women with depression and posttraumatic stress disorder

June 2004

BACKGROUND:Depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are important women's health issues.

Accuracy of Quantitative Ultrasound for Identifying Patients with Osteoporosis

June 2006

Background: There is increased interest in quantitative ultrasound for osteoporosis screening because it predicts fracture risk, is portable, and is relatively inexpensive.

Health-related quality of life in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension

November 2004

STUDY OBJECTIVES: Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) often present with dyspnea and severe functional limitations, but their health-related quality of life (HRQOL) has not been...

An intelligent case-adjustment algorithm for the automated design of population-based quality auditing protocols

December 2004

STUDY OBJECTIVES: Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) often present with dyspnea and severe functional limitations, but their health-related quality of life (HRQOL) has not been...

Health-related quality of life in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: a systematic review

July 2005

BACKGROUND:Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) profoundly affects the quality of patients' lives.

The Role of Public Health Improvements in Health Advances: The Twentieth Century United States

February 2005

Mortality rates in the United States fell more rapidly during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries than in any other period in American history.

African-American Grils' Dietary Intake While Watching Television

December 2004

Objective: Television viewing has been associated with childhood obesity, although the mechanisms that link television viewing to higher BMI have not been established.

Children's Food Consumption During Television Viewing

December 2004

Background: Television viewing is associated with childhood obesity.

Validity of Children's Food Portion Estimates: A Comparison of 2 Measurement Aids

December 2002

Background: Policy and clinical decisions regarding children's nutrition are often based on dietary intake estimates from self-reports.

Population-based case-control study of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in western Washington State. II. Diet.

December 2000

The association of nutrient intake with the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) was investigated in a population-based case-control study conducted in three counties of western Washington...

Increased fluid intake does not augment capacity to lay down new collagen in nursing home residents at risk for pressure ulcers: A randomized, controlled clinical trial.

October 2009

Prevention of pressure ulcers is fundamental to safe care of nursing home residents yet the role of hydration in pressure ulcer prevention has not been systematically examined.

Rifaximin for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Without Constipation

January 2011

BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that gut flora may play an important role in the pathophysiology of the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Health system determinants of infant, child and maternal mortality: A cross-sectional study of UN member countries

December 2011

Abstract (provisional)ObjectiveFew studies have examined the link between health system strength and important public health outcomes across nations.

Multi-Country Analysis of Palm Oil Consumption and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality for Countries at Different Stages of Economic Development: 1980-1997

December 2011

Background Cardiovascular diseases represent an increasing share of the global disease burden.

Communication of Urgent Public Health Messages to Urban Populations: Lessons Learned from the Massachusetts Water Main Break

December 2011

Objective: To study when and how an urgent public health message about a boil-water order reached an urban population after the Massachusetts water main break.

The use of Omegaven in treating parenteral nutrition-associated liver disease.

April 2011

Parenteral nutrition (PN), containing fat emulsions derived from soybean, has been implicated in the progression of PN-associated liver disease and cholestasis, particularly in infants with short...

Energy and resource efficiency as a unifying principle for human, environmental and global health

December 2013


Steve Luby Headshot Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Mark Smith Stanford Mark W. Smith Adjunct Affiliate, CHP/PCOR