Omar Isaac Asensio

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
  • Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory
Office Location:
DM Smith 317
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Dr. Omar I. Asensio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the intersection of big data and public policy, with applications to energy systems and consumer behavior, smart cities, and machine learning in transportation and electric mobility. He directs the Data Science and Policy Lab at Georgia Tech, where he collaborates with the private sector and city governments on data innovations in policy analysis and research evaluation. He is a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS), the Machine Learning Center, and the Strategic Energy Institute. Dr. Asensio’s research has been published in leading journals such as Nature Energy, Nature Sustainability, and PNAS. His work uses statistical and computational tools to advance our understanding of how large-scale civic data and experiments can be used to increase participation in civic processes, while addressing resource conservation and environmental sustainability. Dr. Asensio’s research also has been featured in policy advisory communications by the European Commission, NSF Public Affairs, the World Bank, and national governments — including the U.K., and the IndiaAI initiative.

Dr. Asensio is a member of the New Voices 2021-2023 cohort of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) 40-for-40 fellowship, and the ONE-NBS Research Impact on Practice award by the Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division of the Academy of Management. Dr. Asensio serves as Associate Editor of Data and Policy journal published by Cambridge University Press. He holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UCLA with field specialties in economics. He is a faculty participant in the Research University Alliance (RUA) Research Exchange and is engaged in multiple activities to increase the representation of women and under-represented students and professionals in STEM fields. For more information, visit 

Awards and
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences, New Voices 2021-2023 cohort
  • Associate Editor, Data and Policy Journal, Cambridge University Press
  • APPAM 40-for-40 Fellowship for early career contributions to public policy
  • ARCS Emerging Sustainability Scholar Award, Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability
  • ONE-NBS Research Impact on Practice Award, Academy of Management ONE Division
Areas of
  • Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning
  • Big Data And Public Policy
  • Energy And Environmental Economics
  • Energy Efficiency And Conservation
  • Environmental Policy And Management
  • Information Policies
  • Transportation And Mobility


Research Fields:
  • Economic Development and Smart Cities
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Markets
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Information Programs
  • Information and Communications Technology Policy
  • Innovation and Diffusion
  • Market-based Incentives
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Smart Grid
  • Transportation
  • Voluntary Programs
  • Energy
  • Sustainability
  • Technology Management and Policy
  • Transportation


  • ECON-8803: Special Topics: Big Data and Policy
  • PUBP-3042: Data Science for Policy
  • PUBP-4803: Special Topics: Data Science for Public Policy
  • PUBP-6112: Research Dsgn-Polcy Sci
  • PUBP-8751: Big Data and Policy
  • PUBP-8813: Special Topics

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Recent Publications

Journal Articles