Summary: I study the political economy of low-carbon energy technologies. Using qualitative, quantitative and game theoretic tools, my research contributes to understanding effective regimes for global energy and climate governance, particularly as this relates to institution building by China and coal power in developing economies.
PhD Dissertation: "Contesting authority: China and the new landscape of power sector governance in the developing world" (open access)
The thesis argues that China’s recent support for global coal and hydro power projects has reshaped rule-making authority in power sector finance and caused established development institutions to respond competitively, complicating cooperation.
Current: In November 2016, I joined the World Bank through the Young Professions Program. I am currently an Energy Economist in the Bank’s energy global practice in South Asia, working on accelerating the low-carbon energy transition, regional power sector integration, and climate finance strategy. I was also involved in the US$75 billion replenishment process for the World Bank’s low-income countries fund (IDA), focusing on climate and energy commitments.
I was a visiting researcher at the University of Leeds in 2016, and a research scholar at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, India in 2015. From 2009-2011, I studied south-south cooperation as a Chinese Government Scholar at the U.N. Environment Program-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development in Shanghai. A mechanical engineer by background, I have been an intern with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Beijing office, the U.N. Environment Program in Nairobi, the Joint Global Change Research Institute in Maryland, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s office of Environment and Energy in Washington, DC.