David B. Spence

David B. Spence

  • The Rex G. Baker Centennial Chair in Natural Resources Law
  • Professor

Faculty Profile: David B. Spence

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David Spence is Rex G. Baker Centennial Chair in Natural Resources Law at the University of Texas School of Law, and teaches Business Government & Society at the McCombs School of Business. Professor Spence is co-author of the leading energy law casebook, Energy, Economics and the Environment (Foundation Press), and has published numerous scholarly articles on subjects relating to energy policy, regulation and the regulatory process. Professor Spence’s research focuses on the law and politics of energy regulation, broadly defined. His scholarly writings address both the economic regulation and environmental regulation of the energy industry (both the fossil fuel and clean energy sectors). He has Ph.D in political science from Duke University and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina.

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Fall 2020

Presentation: Complexity and the Political Economy of the Energy Transition

During the fall semester David Spence delivered a talk (based on a working paper) entitled “Complexity and the Political Economy of  the Energy Transition” at the following universities:  the Columbia University Law School, the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, the University of California School of Law, Duke University’s Nicholas Institute, and the University of Texas Energy Symposium.”


Fall 2019

Presentation: The New Politics of (Energy) Market Entry

David Spence recently presented his paper “The New Politics of (Energy) Market Entry” to faculty research colloquia at the Vanderbilt University Law School and the Florida State University School of Law.  While at FSU he also delivered the Fall 2017 Distinguished Faculty Lecture, “Complexity and the Energy Transition in the Age of Fracture.”  David also presented as a panelist at the “Governing Green Power” conference at the University of Hawaii’s Richardson School of Law, and recently launched a new web site for law and policy scholarship addressing the difficult tradeoffs associated with the green energy transition (EnergyTradeoffs.com).