Shan Zhou

Shan Zhou


Curriculum Vitae

Google Scholar

  • Assistant Professor, Environmental and Energy Policy
  • PhD, Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016
  • MS, Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012
  • MS, Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, European Commission Erasmus Mundus Program (MESPOM), 2009
  • BS, Environmental Sciences, Beijing Normal University, 2007

Research Summary

My research focuses on the intersection of public policy, clean technology and sustainability. 

1) Along the lines of my PhD dissertation, I have published several peer-reviewed articles on the role of policies in promoting the adoption and diffusion of smart grids, renewable energy and other low-carbon technologies. I am also interested in explaining why some governments decide to adopt clean energy policies, and how policy design (i.e. policy stringency) affects technology adoption. 

2) Another line of my research examines the justice implications of clean energy technology diffusion. In particular, I am interested in how the policy-driven clean energy transition influences the distribution of environmental burdens (i.e. air pollution) and amenities (i.e. smart grids and renewable energy) across communities in the U.S. and worldwide.

3) Recently, I have developed another research project focusing on environmental justice and urban environmental governance in my home country - China. I focus particularly on China's household registration system (Hukou) and the negative social construction of rural migrants, as well as their implications on government provision of urban environmental amenities (i.e. green space, pollution treatment facilities). 

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