Dr. Mah Ngar-yin Daphne (馬雅燕博士)

Assistant Professor

Director, Asian Energy Studies Centre

Ph.D. HKU (Hong Kong)

Office: AAB 1231
Tel: (852) 3411 5941
Fax: (852) 3411 5990
Email: daphnemah@hkbu.edu.hk

EDUCATION

Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
M.Sc., The University of Nottingham, UK
BSSc, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

GENERAL

Dr. Daphne Mah is currently Director of the Asian Energy Studies Centre, and an Assistant Professor at Department of Geography of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), as well as an Honorary Assistant Professor at the Kadoorie Institute at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Dr. Mah obtained her MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Nottingham in the UK, and completed her PhD study in 2010 at HKU, investigating the role of local states, policy capacity and the development of wind energy policies in Xinjiang, Shanghai and Guangdong.
Daphne’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. Daphne was awarded the Chevening Scholarship for her studies in the UK.
She is a recent recipient of Faculty of Social Sciences’ (HKBU) Faculty Award for Early Career Academic (Research) 2014-2015. Before pursuing her academic career, Daphne was a journalist in Ming Pao Daily News, and the head of the campaigns team of Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong).

TEACHING

Global and regional energy governance, sustainability, climate change and energy policies (renewable energy, nuclear power, governance for energy, emission trading), environmental policy and politics in global cities, China and Hong Kong

GDSC 1807 / GDSS 1807 Energy, Environment and Sustainability
GEOG 2160 Energy Problems and the Environment
GEOG 3730 Energy Policy and Analysis
CHSG 3840/ GEOG 3840/ GEOG 7540 Energy Development in China

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Sustainable energy (smart grids and renewable energy)
Energy-related technological innovation
Comparative energy governance in Asia, China and Guangdong-Hong Kong region
Energy policy and politics in Hong Kong

Recent Research Projects

1. Hong Kong Baptist University Faculty of Social Sciences’ 3-Way Partnership Grant, “Deliberative Participation for Enhancing Nuclear Power Decision-making: A Comparative Study of Local Experiences from France, South Korea, and China”, HK$199,694; Serving as the Principal Investigator, in collaboration with 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);  Study period: June 2016-November 2017 (on-going).

2. Research Grant Council’s Early Career Scheme, “Engaging Consumers for a Low-carbon Future: A Comparative Study on the Diffusion of Smart Grids in Japan and China”. Grant awarded: $619,000; Serving as the Principal Investigator, in collaboration with A. Siu (Stanford), A. Poh (University of Tokyo), CP. Liao (Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (GIEC), Chinese Academy of Sciences), R. Chung (HKU), P. Hills (Kadoorie Institute, HKU); Study period: October 2014 – March 2017 (on-going).

3. Hong Kong Baptist University’s Faculty Research Grant (FRG2/13-14/074), “Deliberative Governance to Enhancing Energy Decision-making: The Development, Applications, and Prospects of Deliberative Pollings in Japan”. Grant awarded: HK$98,904; Serving as the Principal Investigator, in collaboration with A. Siu (Stanford), A. Poh (University of Tokyo), R. Balme (Science Po), D. Kechemair (Pantheon Assas Paris II University), P. Hills (Kadoorie Institute, HKU); Study period: December 2014 – January 2017 (on-going).

4. University College London Development Planning Unit’s Barlett Synergy Grant, “Urban energy innovation and transitions in China: typologies, spatial patterns, and causal mechanisms”. Grant awarded HK$103,036 (£10,000); Serving as a Co-Investigator, in collaboration with V. Castan Broto (UCL), F. Zhang (UCL), F. Wu (UCL), P. Huang (UCL), K. Lo (HKBU) and V. Lam (HKBU); Study period: July 2016 – March 2017 (on-going).

5. Hong Kong Baptist University’s Faculty Research Grant (FRG1/1/14-15/081) “Conceptualising and Evaluating Deliberative Energy Decision-Making: A Case Study of the 2012 National Deliberative Polling on Energy in Japan”. Grant awarded: HK$49,960; Serving as the Principal Investigator, in collaboration with A. Siu (Stanford); Study period: August 2015 – May 2016.

6. Hong Kong Baptist University’s Community of Practice (CoPs) Funding, “Development of Teaching Portfolio Framework through a Multidisciplinary Community of Practice”. Grant awarded: HK$500,000; Serving as the Co-Investigator, in collaboration with A. Sivan (BU) and others; Study period: January 2014 – June 2015.

7. Hong Kong Baptist University’s Faculty Research Grant (FRG1/13-14/051), “Engaging Consumers for a Low-carbon Future: A Case Study of the Diffusion of Smart Grids in China”. Grant awarded: HK$49,192; Serving as the Principal Investigator, in collaboration with CP. Liao (Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (GIEC), Chinese Academy of Sciences); Study period: February 2014 – January 2015.

8. Hong Kong Baptist University’s Faculty Research Grant (FRG2/12-13/057), “Engaging Consumers for a Low-carbon Future: A Case Study of the Diffusion of Smart Grids in Japan”. Grant awarded: $99,756; Serving as the Principal Investigator, in collaboration with A. Siu (Stanford), A. Poh (University of Tokyo), CP. Liao (Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (GIEC), Chinese Academy of Sciences), R. Chung (HKU), P. Hills (Kadoorie Institute, HKU); Study period: October 2013 – November 2014.

9. Research Grant Council’s Public Policy Research Grant, “Effective governance for energy security in Hong Kong: improving public engagement and public trust in nuclear power decision-making”. Grant awarded: HK$610,000; Serving as the Principal Investigator, in collaboration with P. Hills (Kadoorie Institute, HKU), J. Tao (City University of Hong Kong), R. Balme (Sciences Po, Paris/ Tsinghua University); Study period: July 2011 – December 2013.

10. Research Grant Council’s Public Policy Research Grant, “Managing the Transition towards a Low-carbon Economy: Stakeholder Engagement for Technological Environmental Innovation Decision-making in Hong Kong”, Grant awarded: HK$571,950; in collaboration with P. Hills and J. Lam (Kadoorie Institute); Study period: July 2010 – July 2012.

11. The Initiative on Clean Energy and Environment, The University of Hong Kong’s University Development Fund, “Effective consumer engagement for smart grid technologies: An Asian perspective”. Grant awarded: HK$250,000; In collaboration with P. Hills (Kadoorie Institute); Study period: September 2011-August 2013.

12. The Initiative on Clean Energy and Environment, The University of Hong Kong’s University Development Fund, “Feasibility of smart grid development in Hong Kong: institutional and regulatory perspectives”. Grant awarded: HK$150,000; In collaboration with P. Hills (Kadoorie Institute); Study period: February-June 2011.

13. The Initiative on Clean Energy and Environment, The University of Hong Kong’s University Development Fund; HKU Inter-disciplinary research project titled “Development of biofuel technologies and policy”. Grant awarded: HK$250,000; In collaboration with P. Hills and J. Lam (Kadoorie Institute); W. Lim (School of Biological Sciences), D. Leung and M Leung (Dept of Mechanical Engineering) and J. Yung (Dept of Chemistry); Study period: March 2010 – December 2011.

14. Greenpeace China, a consultancy study titled “Hong Kong Sustainable Energy Future: Technological and Policy Options for Hong Kong-Pearl River Delta Collaboration”. In collaboration with J. Close (School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong) and P. Hills (Kadoorie Institute); Study period: July 2010 – March 2011.

15. Greenpeace China, a consultancy study titled “Market Readiness Towards Low Carbon Building in Hong Kong”. In collaboration with S. Lau (Faculty of Architecture, HKU) and P. Hills (Kadoorie Institute); Study period: August 2010 – February 2011.

16. Oxfam (HK), a consultancy study titled “Hong Kong’s vulnerability to global climate change impacts”. Study period: May – August 2010.

SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS

A) Books
Mah, D., Hills, P., Li, V. O. K., Balme, R. (Ed.). (2014). Smart Grid Applications and Developments. London: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4471-6281-0.

B) Book Chapters

Mah, D., Hills, P., Li, V., & Balme, R. (2014). Introduction and Overview. In D. Mah, Hills, P., Li, V. O. K., Balme, R. (Ed.), Smart Grid Applications and Developments (pp. 3-20). London: Springer.

Mah, D., Leung, K. P. Y., & Hills, P. (2014). Smart grids: The Regulatory Challenges. In D. Mah, Hills, P., Li, V. O. K., Balme, R. (Ed.), Smart Grid Applications and Developments (pp. 115-140). London: Springer.

C) International Refereed Journal Papers

Mah, D., and Hills, P. (2014). “Participatory governance for energy policy-making: A case study of the UK nuclear consultation in 2007″. Energy Policy, 74, 340-351.

Mah, D., and 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. Special Issue: Multi-level Governance and the Environment: Intergovernmental Relations and Innovation in Environmental Policy, 24(3), 216-232. May/June 2014.

Mah, D., Hills, P., Tao, J., (2014). “Risk perception, trust and public engagement of nuclear decision-making: Results of a Hong Kong survey and policy implications”. Energy Policy, 73, 368-390.

Mah, D., and Hills, P. (2014). “An international review of local governance for climate change: Implications for Hong Kong”. Local Environment.

Mah, D. and Hills, P. (2014), “Collaborative governance for technological innovation: a comparative case-study of wind energy in Xinjiang, Shanghai and Guangdong”, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 32(3), 509-529.

Mah, D., Wu, YY., Ip, J., Hills, P. (2013), “The role of the state in sustainable energy transitions: A case study of large smart grid demonstration projects in Japan”, Energy Policy, 63, 726-737.

Mah, D., Van der Vleuten, J., Hills, P. and Tao, J., (2012). “Consumer perceptions of smart grid development: Results of a Hong Kong Survey and policy implications”, Energy Policy, 49, 204-216.

Mah, D., van der Vleuten, J., Ip, J. and Hills, P. (2012) “Governing the transition of socio-technical systems: a case study of the development of smart grids in Korea”, Energy Policy, 45: 133-141.

Mah, D. and Hills, P. (2012) “Collaborative Governance for Sustainable Development: Wind Resource Assessment in Xinjiang and Guangdong Provinces, China”, Sustainable Development (a SSCI journal), 20(2), 85–97.

Tao, J. and Mah, D. (2009), “Between Market and State: Dilemmas of Environmental Governance in China’s SO2 Emission Trading”, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 27: 175-188.

Mah, D. and Hills, P. (2008), “Central-local Relations and Pricing Policies for Wind Energy in China”, The China Review, 8 (2): 261-293.