Robert K. Dixon

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Robert Dixon

Robert K. Dixon is an energy, environment, and economic expert at the Office of International Affairs, US Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, DC, USA.


Dixon is a native of Lee's Summit, Missouri. He graduated from Lee's Summit High School in 1973,[1] and attended the University of Missouri at Columbia, earning his Bachelor of Science in 1977, Master of Science in 1979, and Ph.D. in 1982.

Early in his professional life, he was a professor at the University of Minnesota (1982 to 1986) and Auburn University (1987 to 1989)[2].

Dixon is married to Anita L. Dixon, and has two children: Caitlin S. Dixon and Colin A. Dixon.


He has been an adjunct and visiting professor, guest lecturer[2], executive in residence[3], and member of the university advisory boards at West Virginia University (2010 to 2012). He is currently an adjunct professor at American University in Washington, DC.

He led an industrial chemistry research and development program sponsored by Allied Chemical Corporation (1979 to 1982) and co-authored a U.S. patent[4] for fertilizer formulation and applications (1988). He was a principal scientific advisor to, and startup investor in, Mycorr Tech, Inc. (1986 to 1989), a biotechnology firm subsequently acquired by Plant Health Care, Inc.

Dixon is Editor-in-Chief of the international scientific journal, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change since 1997[5]. He was Guest Editor of Climatic Change[6] and Energy Policy[7] and currently serves on the CRC Press Sustainable Energy Development Editorial Board[8]. He has authored, co-authored, or edited more than 125 journal articles and several books on energy and environment science and policy topics, such as Adapting to Climate Change: An International Perspective[9], The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Activities Implemented Jointly (AIJ) Pilot: Experiences and Lessons Learned[10], Energy Technology Perspectives, Scenarios and Strategies to 2050[11], and others[12][13][14][15].


For nearly three decades, Dixon has led U.S. government energy and environment science, technology and policy programs at three federal agencies:

  • U.S. Agency for International Development (1986 to 1988; 1996), where he helped establish energy and natural resources programs and ministries in 11 South Asian countries[16].
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1989 to 1991) where he worked to shape provisions of the Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act[16].
  • U.S. Department of Energy (1997 to 2004; 2015 to present)[16], where he is Senior Adviser, Office of International Affairs (2018), advising the Assistant Secretary on International Energy Policy. He was formerly director of EERE Strategic Programs (2015 - 2018) and EERE Deputy Assistant Secretary sfor Power Technologies (1999 - 2002). [17].

Dixon has worked with organizations across the globe[18], and for Presidential councils and executive offices[19]. He led two Presidential Initiatives (1992 to 1997), the U.S. Country Studies Program[20], and the Initiative on Joint Implementation[21].

White House[edit]

During the Administration of President G.W. Bush, Dixon served as Senior Director, White House Task Force on Energy Security and Climate Change (2007 to 2008)[2], jointly implemented by the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the National Security Council. He was a key contributor to the G-20 Major Economies Process and deliberations on the Energy Security Act of 2007. He was Associate Director at the CEQ (2004 to 2005)[16] and professional staff in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (1986 to 1987)[22].

Dixon was founding Executive Director, Secretariat for the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy (2003 to 2004)[23]

At the International Energy Agency (2005 to 2007) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, he was Head of Energy Technology Policy Division[24], strategizing and directing technology policy analyses for clients such as the G-20 Heads of State.

For the Global Environment Facility of The World Bank Group, Dixon was Team Leader for Climate Change and Chemicals (2008 to 2015)[25], overseeing a multibillion-dollar portfolio of energy, environment, public health, infrastructure, and transportation projects in developing and transition countries.

International Agreements[edit]

Dixon has been a delegate to intergovernmental negotiating committees and subsidiary bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (1992 to present)[26], Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (1989 to present)[27], Minamata Convention on Mercury (2009 to 2015)[28], the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (2006 to 2011), the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (2004 to 2015)[29], and United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (1992).

Dixon was a member of the United Nations Transitional Committee for the Green Climate Fund (2009 to 2012), advisor to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering (2002 to present) on energy and environmental projects, delegate to the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) (2004 to 2013)[30], Commissioner General of the China World EXPO 2010 “Better City, Better Life" (2010)[31], and Vice Chairman of the IEA Working Party on Renewable Energy Technologies (2001 to 2004).

He has briefed and testified before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate (1999 to present) on a wide variety of energy science and research issues, including U.S. energy technology transfer[32] and climate change and technology policy options[33].


Dixon has been a strategic and tactical advisor aiding in the implementation of energy, environmental, and economic development and transition programs worldwide for Catholic Relief Services (1988), the Open Society Foundation (1994), the International Foundation for Science (1993 to 1998)[16][34], CARE[34][16] (1988), and others.

Honors and awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Recipients". Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Dr. Robert K. Dixon | Department of Energy". energy.govn. Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  3. ^ "College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources // Previous Executives-in-Residence". Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  4. ^ [1], Garrett, Harold E.; Gene S. Cox & Robert K. Dixon, "United States Patent: 4749402 - Method and composition for enhancement of mycorrhizal development by foliar fertilization of plants" 
  5. ^ "Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change - incl. option to publish open access". Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  6. ^ "Climatic Change, Volume 36, Issue 1 - Springer". Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  7. ^ "Energy Policy | Vol 38, Iss 11, Pgs 6389-7540, (November 2010) |". Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  8. ^ "SUSTAINABLE ENERGY BOOK SERIES - Editorial Board" (PDF). 
  9. ^ Adapting to Climate Change - An International Perspective | Joel B. Smith | Springer. 
  10. ^ The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Activities | Robert K. Dixon | Springer. 
  11. ^ Energy Technology Perspectives, Scenarios and Strategies to 2050 (PDF). International Energy Agency Publications. 2008. 
  12. ^ "process modeling of forest growth responses to environmental stress" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  13. ^ "Front Matter". Sustainable Energy Developments: i–xxxiv. doi:10.1201/b18394-1. 
  14. ^ "Micro & Nano-Engineering of Fuel Cells". CRC Press. Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  15. ^ Dixon, Robert K.; Wang, Xi; Wang, Michael Q.; Wang, Ju; Zhang, Zhihong (2011-10-01). "Development and demonstration of fuel cell vehicles and supporting infrastructure in China". Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. 16 (7): 775–789. doi:10.1007/s11027-011-9293-y. ISSN 1381-2386. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h "Dr. Robert Dixon - 2015". Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  17. ^ Council, National Research; Systems, Commission on Engineering and Technical; Systems, Board on Energy and Environmental; Technologies, Committee on Programmatic Review of the U. S. Department of Energy's Office of Power (2000-04-24). Renewable Power Pathways: A Review of The U.S. Department of Energy's Renewable Energy Programs. National Academies Press. ISBN 9780309171922. 
  18. ^ Select overseas organizations of assignments include: Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank Group, Bonn Germany (2012) and Washington, DC (2008 to 2015) International Energy Agency (IEA), Office of Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD), France (2004 to 2007) U.S. Department of State, Japan (1997) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Russia (1991) National Science Foundation, Ghana (1990) U.S. Agency for International Development, Thailand (1986), Haiti (1988), India (1996) Smithsonian Institution, India (1985) United Nations Development Programme, Pakistan (1984)
  19. ^ "Dr. Robert Dixon". Retrieved 2018-01-19. In 2007-2008 he was Senior Coordinator, White House Task Force on Energy Security and Climate Change, National Security Council, Executive Office of the U.S. President, in 2007-2008. Dr. Dixon was responsible for the Major Economies Climate Change Negotiation Process and contributor to the 2007 Energy Security Act. 
  20. ^ "US Country Studies Program: an example of bilateral assistance to developing countries on climate change". Ocean & Coastal Management. 29 (1-3): 223–230. 1995-01-01. doi:10.1016/0964-5691(96)00011-7. ISSN 0964-5691. 
  21. ^ Dixon, Robert K. (1997-01-01). "The US Initiative on Joint Implementation". International Journal of Environment and Pollution. 8 (1-2): 1–18. doi:10.1504/IJEP.1997.028155. ISSN 0957-4352. 
  22. ^ The Chemical Substances Information Network. Environmental Protection Agency, Interagency Toxic Substances Data Committee, Subcommittee of the Interagency Toxic Substances Data Committee. 1979. 
  23. ^ "International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy (IPHE)". Retrieved 2018-01-19. 
  24. ^ Dixon, Robert (2006). "The Future of Energy in Transportation" (PDF). Dr. Robert K. Dixon - Head, Energy Technology Policy Division 
  25. ^ "GEF 5: Robert Dixon, Team Leader of the Climate Change and Chemicals Team, GEF, USA | Climate Home - Climate Change TV". Climate Home - Climate Change TV. 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2018-01-20. 
  26. ^ "GEF Report to UNFCCC Presented at COP19". Global Environment Facility. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2018-01-20. 
  27. ^ Dixon, Robert K. (2011-06-01). "Global Environment Facility investments in the phase-out of ozone-depleting substances". Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. 16 (5): 567–584. doi:10.1007/s11027-011-9281-2. ISSN 1381-2386. 
  28. ^ "Minamata Convention on Mercury". Global Environment Facility. 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2018-01-20. 
  29. ^ "IISD RS @ POPs COP-4 - 4-8 May 2009 - Geneva, Switzerland". Retrieved 2018-01-20. 
  30. ^ "Contributors | REN21". Retrieved 2018-01-20. 
  31. ^ "GEF fuel cell buses for the WORLD EXPO 2010 in Shanghai". Global Environment Facility. 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2018-01-20. The GEF was closely involved in the preparation of the EXPO, with the head of the GEF's Climate change and Chemicals team, Robert Dixon, having been selected as Commissioner General of the EXPO. 
  32. ^ Congressional Record, V. 148, Pt. 19, Daily Digest, January 23, 2002 to December 16, 2002. Government Printing Office. 
  33. ^ "- CLIMATE CHANGE TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY OPTIONS". Retrieved 2018-01-20. 
  34. ^ a b ICETT. "ICETT/Lecturers' Profile". Retrieved 2018-01-20. Dixon serves as an advisor to the International Foundation for Science and a consultant to the Soros Foundation, CARE and other organizations. 
  35. ^ "Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Facts". Retrieved 2018-01-20. 
  36. ^ "Black-tie affair honors government's distinguished executives". Government Executive. Retrieved 2018-01-20. 
  37. ^ ICETT. "ICETT/Lecturers' Profile". Retrieved 2018-01-20. He was awarded a Smithsonian Fellowship in 1985 to evaluate natural resource and renewable energy development projects in India, Pakistan and Nepal.