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Shan Zhou

Shan Zhou

Assistant Professor // Political Science

Assistant Professor // Cornerstone

Research focus:
Public Policy, Energy Justice, Sustainability

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Room: BRNG 2238


Phone: 494-4161

Shan Zhou is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on the intersection of public policy, social equity, and sustainability. She studies how public policy can be leveraged to improve environmental quality, to promote the use of clean technologies, and to enhance social equity. Her 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.

Shan’s research has been generously supported by both internal and external sponsors (e.g., NOAA, NASA and Oak Ridge Associated Universities). Her work has appeared in top-tier policy and sustainability-related journals, such as Policy Studies JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and ManagementEnergy PolicyJournal of Environmental Policy and PlanningSocial Science QuarterlyJournal of Asian Public PolicyJournal of Cleaner Production, and Review of Policy Research. She has 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.

Shan received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Beijing Normal University, and a master’s and Ph.D. in Public Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology.



Policy Processes, Policy Analysis, Environmental and Energy Policy, Environmental and Energy Justice