Research Clusters

Energy in Asia

Cluster Leader: Daphne Mah
Director, Asian Energy Studies Centre
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Hong Kong Baptist University

 

Field of Interest

Dr. Mah’s research and teaching focuses on three broad domains: sustainable energy, energy governance, and comparative policy-making, mainly in the Asian, Chinese and Hong Kong contexts.

Recent Projects

Title: Engaging Consumers for a Low-carbon Future: A Comparative Study on the Diffusion of Smart Grids in Japan and China
Funding Body: Research Grant Council’s Early Career Scheme
Amount of Grant: HK$619,000
Project Period: October 2014 – March 2017
Investigators: D. Mah, A. Siu (Stanford), A. Poh (University of Tokyo), CP. Liao (Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (GIEC), Chinese Academy of Sciences), R. Chung (HKU), and P. Hills (Kadoorie Institute, HKU)

Title: Deliberative Participation for Enhancing Nuclear Power Decision-making: A Comparative Study of Local Experiences from France, South Korea, and China
Funding Body: Hong Kong Baptist University Faculty of Social Sciences’ 3-Way Partnership Grant (SOSC/15-16/GRFIAS-1)
Amount of Grant: HK$199,694
Project Period: June 2016 – November 2017
Investigators: D. Mah, A. Siu (Stanford), L. Deng (Sun Yat-sen), P. Hills (Kadoorie Institute, HKU), Q. Ye (Tsinghua), R. Balme (Sciences Po), T. Lee (Yonsei), X. Fang (Sun Yat-sen)
Title: Environmental attitudes, sense of place and energy consumption behavior in Hong Kong
Funding Body: Hong Kong Baptist University’s Faculty Research Grant
Amount of Grant: HK$49,920
Project Period: June 2017-February 2018
Investigators: Chun Kwok Pan, Daphne Mah (HKBU)

Recent Publications

Mah, D., Hills, P., Li, V. O. K., & Balme, R. (eds.). (2014). Smart Grid Applications and Developments. London: Springer. http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9781447162803

Mah, D., & Hills, P. (2014). “Participatory governance for energy policy-making: A case study of the UK nuclear consultation in 2007”. Energy Policy, 74, 340-351. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2014.08.002

Mah, D., & Hills, P. (2014). “Policy Learning and Central–Local Relations: A Case Study of the Pricing Policies for Wind Energy in China (from 1994 to 2009)”. Environmental Policy and Governance, 24(3), 216-232. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eet.1639

Energy Governance

Cluster Leader: Kevin Lo
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
Hong Kong Baptist University

Field of Interest

Dr. Lo’s research interests include energy geography and goverannce, urban and rural studies and with focus on developments in Northeast China.

Recent Projects

Recent Publications

Lo, K (2017). Grassroots environmentalism and low-carbon cities, in Dhakal, S and Ruth, M (eds.), Creating Low Carbon Cities, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 43-50

Tong, W, Zhang, P, Lo, K, Chen, T and Gao, R (2017). Age-differentiated impact of land appropriation and resettlement on landless farmers: A case study of Xinghua village, China. Geographical Research

Lo, K (2017). Asian energy challenges in the Asian century. Journal of Asian Energy Studies, 1, 1-6.

Lo, K, Xue, L and Wang, M (2016). Spatial restructuring through poverty alleviation resettlement in rural China. Journal of Rural Studies, 47, 496-505. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.06.006

Guo, F, Lo, K and Tong, L (2016). Eco-efficiency analysis of industrial systems in the Songhua River basin: A decomposition model approach. Sustainability, 8, 1271. http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/8/12/1271

Energy and Climate

Cluster Leader: Chun Kwok-Pan
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
Hong Kong Baptist University

Field of Interest

Dr. Chun’s research interests are in nonstationary environmental processes related to the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. He develops tools and numerical models for analysing our dynamic systems and projecting possible changes. With uncertain future behaviours of our environment under anthropogenic influence, Dr. Chun’s current research is related to qualify and quantify risks, extremes and irreversible shifts in Hong Kong and other parts of the world.

Recent Projects

Title: Environmental attitudes, sense of place and energy consumption behavior in Hong Kong
Funding Body: Hong Kong Baptist University’s Faculty Research Grant
Amount of Grant: HK$49,920
Project Period: June 2017-February 2018
Investigators: Chun Kwok Pan, Daphne Mah (HKBU)

Recent Publications

KP Chun, SD Mamet, J Metsaranta, A Barr, J Johnstone, H Wheater (2017). A novel stochastic method for reconstructing daily precipitation time-series using tree-ring data from the western Canadian Boreal Forest. Urban and Fischer, 44,9-18

KP Chun, SD Mamet, J Metsaranta, A Barr, J Johnstone, H Wheater (2017). A novel stochastic method for reconstructing daily precipitation time-series using tree-ring data from the western Canadian Boreal Forest. Urban and Fischer, 44,9-18

Nazemi, A., Wheater, H. S., Chun, K. P., Bonsal, B., & Mekonnen, M. (2017). Forms and drivers of annual streamflow variability in the headwaters of Canadian Prairies during the 20th century. Hydrological Processes, 31(1), 221-239. doi: 10.1002/hyp.11036

Mamet, S.D., Chun, K.P., Metsaranta, J.F., Johnstone, J.F., and Barr, A.G. (2015) Tree rings provide early warning signals of jack pine mortality across a moisture gradient in the southern boreal forest. Environmental Research Letters.10(8).http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/10/8/084021

Kehoe, M. J., Chun, K. P., & Baulch, H. M. (2015). Who Smells? Forecasting Taste and Odor in a Drinking Water Reservoir. Environ Sci Technol, 49(18), 10984-10992. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b0097