Joanna Lewis is an associate professor in the Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Her research focuses on energy, environment and innovation in China, including renewable energy industry development and climate change policy. She is currently leading a National Science Foundation-funded project on International Partnerships and Technological Leapfrogging in China’s Clean Energy Sector. Her recent book, Green Innovation in China: China’s Wind Power Industry and the Global Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy was the winner of the 2014 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award by the International Studies Association for best book of the year in environmental studies. Dr. Lewis is a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report and a visiting faculty affiliate with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s China Energy Group. She has worked with the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, the Asia Society, and the Energy Foundation China Sustainable Energy Program, among other governmental, non-governmental and international organizations, and has been a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University, the Wilson Center and the East West Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.
In the News:
- Joanna Lewis compares the U.S. and China’s investment in renewable energy in “Will Obama’s second term have a greener tint?” Marketplace, March 15, 2013
- Joanna Lewis on overcoming barriers to investment in wind energy in India and China in “Wind energy potential in India,” The Financial Chronicle, July 26, 2012
- Joanna Lewis on Chinese solar manufacturing in “China blasts SolarWorld’s request for tariffs, says cheap solar panels help economy, environment”, Oregon Live, October 21, 2011
- Joanna Lewis comments on US-China solar trade investigations in “U.S. solar manufacturers to file dumping charges against Chinese firms”, The Washington Post, October 19, 2011
- Joanna Lewis talks about China’s impact on the global solar market in “China’s Grip on Solar Power”, PRI’s The World, October 06, 2011
- Joanna Lewis on expectations for the U.S. and China at Cancun in “China Feels Heat of Climate Change Rifts”, News Daily, November 21, 2010
- Joanna Lewis argues that the U.S. and China should work in a “mutually beneficial” way in clean energy industry development in “U.S., China Should Team Up on Clean Energy”, Market Watch, October 25, 2010
- Joanna Lewis and Kenneth Lieberthal on the upcoming UNFCCC meeting in Cancun in “Climate Change: U.S. and China—Faraway, So Close”, Time.com, September 29, 2010
- Joanna Lewis and Julian Wong in “China’s lead on green energy technology”, Minnesota Public Radio, February 8, 2010
- “Industrial policy, politics and competition: Assessing the post-crisis wind power industry”. Business and Politics (2014).
- “The Rise of Renewable Energy Protectionism: Emerging Trade Conflits and Implications for Low Carbon Development”. Global Environmental Politics 14.4 (2014).
- “Managing intellectual property rights in cross-border clean energy collaboration: The case of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center”. Energy Policy 69 (2014). 546-554.
- “China’s wind power industry: Policy support, technological achievements, and emerging challenges,” Energy Policy, December 2012
- “Building a national wind turbine industry: experiences from China, India and South Korea,” Int. J. Technology and Globalization, 2011
- “The evolving role of carbon finance in promoting renewable energy development in China,” Energy Policy, June 2010
- Climate Change and Security: Examining China’s Challenges in a Warming World
- China’s Strategic Priorities in International Climate Change Negotiations
- Fostering a renewable energy technology industry: An international comparison of wind industry policy support mechanisms
- China’s Energy Policies and Their Environmental Impacts
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service