Robert L. Olson is a Senior Fellow at IAF and was the Institute’s Director of Research for fifteen years, working as a consultant to leaders in a wide range of government agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations. Much of his recent work has focused on environmental and energy futures, including projects with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to bring greater foresight into the Agency’s planning. He is a member of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Technology and Policy (NACEPT) and the primary author of the NACEPT report The Environmental Future: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities for EPA. He is the author of Exploring The Future, editor of Mending The Earth, and co-editor with David Rejeski of Environmentalism and the Technologies of Tomorrow.
Formerly he served as a consultant to the Director and a project director at the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress. He was for several years a Fellow of the Center for Cooperative Global Development at the American University and has been a Resident Fellow at the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study.