Gund Postdoctoral Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Matthew Burke is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont, in collaboration with the Leadership for the Ecozoic project. Matthew’s current research aims to examine and support successful integration of renewable energy development and protection and preservation of ecological and agricultural functions of working landscapes across multiple scales.

Matthew completed a Ph.D. in Renewable Resources — Environment (May 2019) at McGill University under the supervision of Professors Peter G. Brown (McGill University) and Jennie C. Stephens (Northeastern University). Matthew’s doctoral research focused on sociopolitical and ecological dimensions of the renewable energy transition by examining energy democracy in theory and practice, emphasizing groups active in northeastern North America.


  • Burke, M. J. (2018). Mutually-beneficial renewable energy systems. Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism, 6(1), 87–116.
  • Burke, M. J. (2018). Shared yet contested: Energy democracy counter-narratives. Frontiers in Communication, 3:22.
  • Burke, M. J., & Stephens, J. C. (2018). Political power and renewable energy futures: A critical review. Energy Research & Social Science, 35, 78–93.
  • Burke, M. J., & Stephens, J. C. (2017). Energy democracy: Goals and policy instruments for sociotechnical transitions. Energy Research & Social Science, 33, 35-48.
  • Sovacool, B. K., Burke, M., Baker, L., Kotikalapudi, C. K., & Wlokas, H. (2017). New frontiers and conceptual frameworks for energy justice. Energy Policy, 105, 677–691.
Gund Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Matthew Burke

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Energy and environment, just transitions, political ecology, science-technology-society, social-ecological systems


  • PhD, Renewable Resources--Environment, McGill University
  • MPA, University of Vermont
  • MA, Parks, Recreation and Environmental Education, University of New Mexico
  • BS, Natural Resources, The Ohio State University