Jiaqi Lu

Position title: Ph.D. Student: Comparative Politics

Email: jackie.lu@wisc.edu


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Jiaqi (Jackie) Lu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (joint Ph.D. program) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research interests include the political economy of energy transitions and climate change, as well as the intersection of governance and technology development. His research has appeared or forthcoming in Nature GeoscienceEnergy PolicyEnvironmental Research Letter, and so on.

Jiaqi (Jackie) received his B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in International Public Affairs (2014) from UW-Madison. Before coming back to Madison for his Ph.D. in 2018, he was a research analyst at the Brookings Institution (2015-2018), where he worked on energy and climate policy.

Research Interests:

Authoritarian governance, energy and climate politics, technology revolution, international climate governance



“Systematic Map: Policy Implications of the Energy Transitions Literature.” Environmental Research Letters. Forthcoming, 2019 (with Gregory Nemet)

“Knowledge Spillovers Between PV Installers Can Reduce the Cost of Installing PV.” under review at Energy Policy. (with Gregory Nemet and Rohan Rao)

“Jurisdictional Air Pollution Regulation in China: A Tragedy of the Regulatory Anti-commons.” Journal of Cleaner Production 212 (2018): 1054-1061. (with Shihong Guo)

“The China Wind Paradox: The Role of State-Owned Enterprises in Wind Power Investment versus Wind Curtailment.” Energy Policy 127 (2019): 200-212. (with Zhu, M., Qi, Y. & Kerremans, B.)

“The Policy-Driven Peak and Reduction of China’s Carbon Emissions.” Brookings Press (2018). (with Qi, Y., N. Stern, D. King, T. Wu, & T. Liu)

“Wind Curtailment in China: A Mismatch Between New Technology and Old Electricity System.” Brookings Press (2017). (with Qi, Y., & Zhu, M.)

“China’s Post-Coal Growth.” Nature Geoscience 9, no. 8 (2016): 564-566. (with Qi, Y., N. Stern, T. Wu, & F. Green.)

“The Effects of Expert Selection, Elicitation Design, and R&D Assumptions on Experts’ Estimates of the Future Costs of Photovoltaics.” Energy Policy 80 (2015): 233-243. (with Verdolini, E., Anadon, L. D., & Nemet, G. F)

Other research and publications:

“U.S. Gas to China: Positive Energy for Bilateral Relations.” Brookings Op-ed. 2018. (with Qi, Y.)

“China’s Coal Consumption Has Peaked.” China Daily Op-ed. 2017. (with Qi, Y.)

“The End of Coal-Fired Growth in China.” Brookings Op-ed. 2016. (with Qi, Y.)

“Expanding Solar in Wisconsin: A Review of Policy Alternatives.” EAP Capstone Paper No. 2014-01, 2014. Renew Wisconsin. (with Kaldunski, B., and J. Medina)

“Renewable Energy-Based Microgrids in Wisconsin: A Cost-Benefit Analysis.” Working Paper. 2013. Wisconsin Energy Institute. (with Brandt, T., B. Kaldunski, M. Meckel, and Y. Su)

“State-Based Childhood Obesity Prevention.” 2013. Champion of National Champion of Policy Solutions Challenge USA. (with Eadie, S., M. Palmer, N. J. Simon, and A. Walsh)