Governance for Sustainable Energy Transitions:

The Perspectives of the Asian-Pacific Region

17 July 2017 (9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Registration Begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Mrs. Padma Harilela Lecture Theatre (Room 104)

Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

55 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Lead Organiser

Asian Energy Studies Centre
Hong Kong Baptist University


Department of Geography
Hong Kong Baptist University
Centre for European Studies
Sciences Po
Barlett Development Planning Unit
University College London

Aims of this Conference

The urgency of the transition to a more sustainable energy future has been heightened by increasing concerns over climate impacts, energy security, and post-Fukushima nuclear risks. A large number of major energy transition plans have emerged at regional, national, and city levels, with various pathways and in different contexts. The Asian-Pacific region has played and will continue to play a pivotal role in global climate change impacts and responses.

This conference aims to:

  • To provide a forum for academics and other stakeholders to share new governance practices of sustainable energy transitions from Asian perspectives;
  • To shed light on the ways the Asian-Pacific countries differ in their energy transition; and
  • To contribute to a better understanding of governance issues and challenges underpinning energy transitions, as well as opportunities of realising rapid transitions in this region and the global relevance.

 Featured Sessions and Speakers (click here to view profiles)

This Conference will feature two keynote speakers, three sessions, and one panel discussion:

Keynote Speakers and Panel Discussion Moderator

Qi Ye
Tsinghua University
Vanesa Castan Broto
University College London
Richard Balme
Sciences Po
(Chair and Morning Panel Moderator)
Philip Andrews-Speed
National University of Singapore
(Afternoon Panel Moderator)

Session 1: Energy Transitions and Public Engagement: Cases in Nuclear Governance

Richard Balme
Sciences Po
(Chair and Morning Panel Moderator)
Daphne Mah
Hong Kong Baptist University
Hideaki Shiroyama
The University of Tokyo
Deng Lifeng
Sun Yat-sen University

Session 2: Energy Governance, Policy, and Politics: The Chinese Experience

Kevin Lo
Hong Kong Baptist University
Ping Huang
University College London
Akihisa Mori
Kyoto University
Geoffrey Chun-fung Chen
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Session 3: Connecting Energy and Equity in the Asian-Pacific Region

Sara Fuller
Macquarie University
Benjamin McLellan
Kyoto University
Shinchiro Okushima
University of Tsukuba
Melissa Low
National University of Singapore


Directions by modes of transportation:

  • Kowloon Tong station (Exit A2). Walk towards Waterloo Road and turn left. Walk towards Junction Road (big intersection with corsswalk) and turn right. Walk up Junction Road until you see the HKBU entrance at the intersection of Renfrew Road. Cross the road towards Renfrew Road (alongside the HKBU building) and keep to the left side of the road. Keep walking until you see Lam Woo International Conference Centre on your left (you should see a rotunda). Further to the left is the Mrs. Padma Harilela Lecture Theatre.
  • To Shaw Campus and Baptist University Road Campus: Take 25M/25MS (Exit D of Kowloon Tong MTR Station) – Let the driver know that you would like to get off at Carpark (停車場), HKBU. Once you get off, walk towards Renfrew Road. Turn right and keep to the right side of the road. Walk up until you see Lam Woo International Conference and Mrs. Padma Harilela Lecture Theatre on your right.
  • Kowloon Tong MTR Station (Exit F). Hail a taxi at the taxi stand, and inform the driver that you would like to go to Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University (34 Renfrew Road). Once you arrive, to the left is the Mrs. Padma Harilela Lecture Theatre.
  • Should you wish to drive to Lam Woo International Conference Centre, please contact at your earliest convenience. Any requests for car reservation less than one week before the event will not be accepted.

Photos and Videos

Qi Ye
Cheung Kong Professor of Environmental Policy and Management
School of Public Policy and management
Volkswagen Professor of Sustainability
Tsinghua University

Director and Senior Fellow
Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy

 Philip Andrews-Speed (Moderator)
Senior Principal Research Fellow (Division Head)
Energy Studies Institute
National University of Singapore

Contact Us

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to email us at or call us at at 3411 7187.


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^This conference was also made possible through the university’s conference grant and Hong Kong Baptist University Faculty of Social Sciences’ Three-Way Parntership Grant (SOSC/15-16/GRFIAS-1), Hong Kong Baptist University’s conference grant (RC-CONF-16-17-01) and Hong Kong University Grant Committee’s Early Career Scheme HKBU22400614-ECS(A).