- 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
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-review 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).
Environmental and Energy Policy
Links of interest
- 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
Zhao, S., Zhou, S., & Noonan, D. S. (2019). Environmental Justice and Green Schools—Assessing Students and Communities’ Access to Green Schools. Social Science Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1111/ssqu.12715
Lu, H., Mayer, A. L., Wellstead, A. M., & Zhou, S.(2019). Can the dual identity of policy entrepreneur and policy implementer promote
successful policy adoption? Vertical greening policymaking in Shanghai, China. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/17516234.2019.1631241
Zhou, S. and Noonan, D. (2019). “Justice Implications of Clean Energy Policies and Programs in the United States: A Theoretical and Empirical Exploration”. Sustainability, 11(3), 807. http://doi.org/10.3390/su11030807
Zhou, S., Matisoff, D., Kingsley, G., and Brown, M. (2019). “Understanding Renewable Energy Policy
Adoption and Evolution in Europe: The Impact of Coercion, Normative Emulation, Competition,
and Learning”. Energy Research & Social Science, 51, 1-11. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.12.011
Brown M., Zhou S. and Ahmadi M. (2018). “Smart Grid Governance: An International Review of Evolving Policy Issues and Innovations”. WIREs Energy Environ 7(5): e290.https://doi.org/10.1002/wene.290
Noonan, D., Zhou, S. and Kirkman, R. (2017). “Making Smart and Sustainable Infrastructure Projects Viable: Private Choices, Public Support, and System Constraints”. Urban Planning 2(3): 18-32. http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/up.v2i3.999
Zhou, S. and Brown, M. (2017). “Smart Meter Deployment in Europe: A Comparative Case Study
on the Impacts of National Policy Schemes”. Journal of Cleaner Production 144: 22-32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.12.031
Zhou, S. and Matisoff, D. C. (2016). “Advanced Metering Infrastructure Deployment in the United States: The Impact of Polycentric Governance and Contextual Changes”. Review of Policy Research 33(6): 646-665. https://doi.org/10.1111/ropr.12203
Brown, M. and Zhou, S. (2013). “Smart-grid Policies: An International Review”. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment 2(2): 121-139. https://doi.org/10.1002/wene.53
- Understanding Utility Grid Modernization Efforts in the United States: Policy Impact on the Use and Integration of Clean Energy Technologies
- Does Renewable Portfolio Standard Hinder Renewable Energy Development beyond the Standard?
- Accessing Urban Green Space and Environmental Facilities: Empirical Evidence from China
- Why do Schools Go Green? – Assessing State and Local Policy Effectiveness on Green School Building Infrastructure
SS 5300: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
SS 5350: Environmental Policy Analysis
UN1025: Global Issues