David R. Keith


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David R. Keith is a Senior Lecturer in System Dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Drawing on his experience working in the automotive industry, David studies consumer behavior, firm strategy and the formation of markets for emerging automotive technologies. His research examines issues including spatial patterns of technology adoption, supply constraints in production, platform competition, and the impact of new technologies on energy consumption and the environment.

David has received several awards for his research, including a Fulbright scholarship, an Alcoa Foundation Fellowship from the American-Australian Association, and a Martin Family Sustainability Fellowship from the MIT Energy Initiative.  David previously worked for Holden, the Australian subsidiary of General Motors, and URS Corporation, a global engineering and environmental consultancy. 

David holds BEng (Hons.), BCom, and MEnv degrees from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and a PhD from the MIT Engineering Systems Division.  


"Accelerating Vehicle Fleet Turnover to Achieve Sustainable Mobility Goals."

Naumov, Sergey, David R. Keith, John D. Sterman. Journal of Operations Management Vol. 69, No. 1 (2023): 36-66.

"'Cash for Clunkers' Can Cut Gas Prices, Climate Change — and Putin's Income."

Sterman, John D., and David Keith. The Hill, May 5, 2022.

"The Value of Car Ownership and Use in the United States."

Moody, Joanna, Elizabeth Farr, Marisa Papagelis, and David R. Keith. Nature Sustainability Vol. 4, (2021): 769–774.

"Association of Media Coverage of Transgender and Gender Diverse Issues With Rates of Referral of Transgender Children and Adolescents to Specialist Gender Clinics in the UK and Australia."

Pang, Ken C., Nastasja M. de Graaf, Denise Chew, Monsurul Hog, David R. Keith, Polly Carmichael, and Thomas D. Steensma. JAMA Network Open Vol. 3, No. 7 (2020): e2011161.

"​Unintended Consequences of Automated Vehicles and Pooling for Urban Transportation Systems."

Naumov, Sergey, David R. Keith, and Charles Fine. Production and Operations Management Vol. 29, No. 5 (2020): 1354-1371. Supplemental Materials.

"The Diffusion of Alternative Fuel Vehicles: A Generalised Model and Future Research Agenda."

Keith, David R., Jeroen J.R. Struben, and Sergey Naumov. Journal of Simulation Vol. 14, No. 4 (2020): 260-277.

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