Dr Matthew Eisler

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow


Personal statement

Matthew N. Eisler studies the relationship between environmental and energy policy and industrial science and technology, with a particular focus on material practice in the postindustrial era. In 2017, Dr. Eisler moved to the University of Strathclyde from North Carolina State University, where he served as Director of the Science, Technology and Society Program. In 2022, Dr. Eisler completed his second book (Age of Auto Electric: Environment, Energy, and the Quest for the Sustainable Car, forthcoming in MIT Press), a history of the contemporary electric automobile. Dr. Eisler is also one of the founders and principals of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Sustainable Practices of Research in Energy (C-INSPRE), an innovative interdisciplinary program of doctoral training that links all four faculties of the University of Strathclyde.


Public policy, industrial innovation, and the zero-emission vehicle
Eisler Matthew
Business History Review Vol 94, pp. 779-802 (2021)
Ion the prize : the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry The story of the lithium-ion battery tells much about the increasingly global nature of innovation
Eisler Matthew N
The carbon-eating fuel cell [Blueprints for a Miracle]
Eisler Matthew N
IEEE Spectrum Vol 55, pp. 22-25 (2018)
A prefabricated tragedy : the collapse of a superbridge in Florida shows how an entire philosophy of building can go wrong
Eisler Matthew N
[Book review] : Review of Powering Up Canada: A History of Power, Fuel, and Energy from 1600. Edited by R. W. Sandwell. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016: ISBN 978-0-7735-4786-5
Eisler Matthew
Business History Review Vol 91, pp. 861-863 (2018)
Materials science, instrument knowledge, and the power source renaissance [scanning our past]
Eisler Matthew N
Proceedings of the IEEE Vol 105, pp. 2382-2389 (2017)

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Research interests

  • Energy and Environmental Studies
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Studies
  • History of Engineering
  • Social and Cultural history of the United States 

Professional activities

From Petroleum to Power Sources: Big Oil and the Sociotechnics of Energy Conversion
Invited speaker
Annual meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science
Rethinking Electrical History: From Esoteric Knowledge to Invisible Infrastructure to Fragile Networks
Invited speaker
Annual meeting of the Society for the History of Technology
Annual meeting of the Society for the History of Technology

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Centre for Interdisciplinary Sustainable Practices of Research in Energy (C-INSPRE) - Strathclyde CDT
Ivaturi, Aruna (Principal Investigator) Robertson, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Comerford, David (Principal Investigator) Eisler, Matthew (Principal Investigator)
Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training (https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/c-inspre/) - £332,658.0

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