Shan Zhou

Shan Zhou


Google Scholar

  • Associate Professor, Environmental and Energy Policy
  • PhD, Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Environmental Sciences, Beijing Normal University

Research Summary

My research focuses on the intersection of public policy, social equity, and sustainability. I study how public policy can be leveraged to improve environmental quality, to promote the use of clean technologies, and to enhance social equity. My investigation of these topics integrates clean energy technology deployment data with policy textual data, environmental quality observations, and demographic information using quantitative methods, comparative case studies, qualitative content analysis, and geospatial analysis tools.

My research has been generously supported by both internal and external sponsors (e.g., NOAA, NASA and Oak Ridge Associated Universities). I have published my work in top-tier policy and sustainability-related journals, such as Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Environmental Planning and ManagementEnergy PolicyJournal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Asian Public Policy, Journal of Cleaner Production, and Review of Policy Research. I have served on the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Conference Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Policy Abstract Review Committee since 2019, and on the journal editorial board of Review of Policy Research and Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy since 2021.

I will join the Department of Political Science at Purdue University in the fall 2023.


Research Interests

  • Environmental & Energy Policy
  • Smart Grids, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency & Green Buildings
  • Sustainable Technology Adoption & Diffusion
  • Environmental and Energy Justice
  • Urban and Local Sustainability
  • Policy Processes
  • Policy Analysis