Aidan Smith

Research Fellow, Center for Law, Energy, & the Environment (CLEE)

Aidan is a Research Fellow at the Center for Law, Energy, & the Environment (CLEE), where he works to advance the Network for Digital Economy and the Environment (nDEE). nDEE supports research on the energy and environmental impacts of the digital economy, with a particular focus on artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, the shared economy, and the Internet of Things.

Prior to joining CLEE, Aidan was an outreach coordinator for the City of Boston’s Environment Department. He managed the outreach, communications, and community engagement strategy for the Community Choice Electricity Program — a program that promotes greater local control over the energy supply and higher levels of affordable, renewable energy for Boston’s residents.

He earned a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment where he focused on environmental anthropology, the environmental humanities, and conservation and development. During graduate school, he studied environmental discourse and history, and how knowledge is produced — with all its attendant environmental justice implications.

Aidan holds a B.A. in biology from Vassar College. After graduating from college, he spent two and a half years conducting biofuels research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is originally from Vermont.