Nate Hagens


Dr. Nate Hagens is the Executive Director of The Institute for the Study of Energy & Our Future (ISEOF) an organization focused on educating and preparing society for the coming cultural transition. Formerly in the finance industry at Lehman Brothers and Salomon Brothers, since 2003 Nate has shifted his focus to understanding the interrelationships between energy, environment, and finance and the implication this synthesis has for human futures. Allied with leading ecologists, energy experts, politicians, and systems thinkers, ISEOF assembles road maps and off-ramps for how human societies can adapt to lower throughput lifestyles. 

Nate was the Managing Editor of the website The Oil Drum from 2005 to 2013, one of the most popular and respected websites for analysis and discussion of global energy supplies and the future implications of the upcoming energy transition. He has co-authored the books Reality Blind – Integrating the Systems Science Underpinning Our Collective Futures – Vol 1 and The Bottlenecks of the 21st Century and continues to expand his energy and economy education projects. Nate has appeared on PBS, BBC, ABC, and NPR and continues to lecture around the world. 

Nate hosts the podcast The Great Simplification with Nate Hagens, in which he has conversations with experts in energy, ecology, government, technology, and the economy to provide a systemic view of the world around us.

Nate holds a Masters Degree in Finance with Honors from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont.  He teaches an Honors course, Reality 101, at the University of Minnesota.

Nate lives on a small farm in the Mississippi River Valley with his pack of rescue dogs, taking care of horses,
chickens, and an intermittently tended garden.

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