Michael LaBelle is an assistant professor at the Central European University Business School and in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. He teaches courses on sustainability, innovation and energy technologies. His research is centered on the interaction of government institutions and private companies and how they foster innovation in energy technologies and contribute to a low carbon future. Professor LaBelle's current research concentrates on the development of shale gas in Europe, smart energy technologies and how policies and regulations influence innovation in the energy sector. Previous work assessed the efforts of institutions in the European Union to encourage the use of new low or zero carbon technologies in the energy sector, including energy efficiency measures. He has worked on projects for the European Commission, European Parliament, United States Agency for International Development, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Energy Regulators Regional Association and with energy consulting companies.