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Dr. Lo Tek Sheng, Kevin (盧笛聲博士)

Assistant Professor
Associate Director of the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies

Environmental governance and politics, Decarbonization, Resettlement, China

Office:
AAB 902M
Tel:
(852) 3411 3397
Fax:
(852) 3411 5990

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., University of Melbourne, Australia
  • M.Env., University of Melbourne, Australia
  • M.Sc., Brunel University London, UK
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 


ACADEMIC AWARDS

  • 2021  World’s Top 2% Most-Cited Scientists, Stanford University
  • 2020  Outstanding Journal Article Award, Chinese Geographical Science
  • 2020  Associate, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Melbourne
  • 2017 Best Conference Paper Award, RSA Australasia Conference.
  • 2016 Visiting Professor, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  • 2012-2014 Melbourne School of Land and Environment Postgraduate Publishing Award
  • 2009 Melbourne Global Scholars Award

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Environmental governance and politics
  • Climate and energy policy
  • Political geography
  • Urban geography
  • Development studies
  • China studies

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

  • Founding Editor, Journal of Asian Energy Studies, 2017-
  • Section Editor, Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, 2016-
  • Review Editor, Frontiers in Energy Research, 2015-
  • Editorial Board Member, AIMS Environmental Science, 2021-
  • Editorial Board Member, Chinese Geographical Science, 2021-
  • Editorial Board Member, AIMS Energy, 2013-
  • Topical Advisory Panel, Energies, 2021-

TEACHING

  • Environmental Health and Policy
  • Sustainable Community Energy Planning
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Energy Audit and Carbon Management
  • Global Energy Development
  • Renewable energy systems and Technology

 

 

 

External Grants

 

Co-PI, Research Impact Fund (RIF), Research Grants Council. Exploring the role of big data analytics in promoting smart low-carbon cities: A human-centered, community-based, and deep engagement approach in Hong Kong, 2021-2023, HKD 5,700,000.

PI, General Research Fund (GRF), Research Grants Council. Decentralized Climate Governance and Policy Implementation in China: Unraveling a Paradox, 2019-2022, HKD 757,920.

PI, Early Career Scheme (ECS), Research Grants Council. China’s Low-Carbon City Initiative: Authoritarian Environmentalism and Climate Policy Experimentation, 2018-2021, HKD 820,000.

Co-I, Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (PPR), Central Policy Unit. Engaging the community to develop a model for sustainable energy futures: A case study of two prospective solar communities in Hong Kong, 2018-2019, HKD 630,000.

Co-I, Ford Foundation, China’s urban future: Policy, people, and social change, 2018-2020, USD 206,000.

Internal Grants

 

PI, Dr. Hung Hin Shiu Development Fund, Institute of Creativity. HEAVEN: Transdisciplinary research on complex environmental health problems, 2019, HKD 100,000.

Co-I, Faculty Research Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University. An exploratory energy study of the Smart Grid and Smart City data from Australia, 2018-2019, HKD 50,000.

Co-I, Faculty Research Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University. Environmental attitudes, sense of place and energy consumption behaviour in Hong Kong, 2017-2018, HKD 50,000.

Digital Scholarship Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University. HK Solar Map: A GIS Web Application for Rooftop Photovoltaics, 2016-2017, HKD 80,000.

Faculty Research Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University. Local Climate Governance in China: A Systematic National Survey of Local Low-Carbon Responses, 2015-2016, HKD 49,000.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

 

*Corresponding author

 

2022. Liu, J and Lo, K*. Chinese environmental activism and the environmental politics of rumors, Political Geography, 95, 102593. (Q1 in Political Science – SSCI)

 

2022. Zhu, L and Lo, K*. Eco-socialism and the political ecology of forest conservation in the Greater Khingan Range, China. Political Geography, 93, 102533. (Q1 in Political Science – SSCI)

 

2021. Lo, K*. Authoritarian environmentalism, just transition, and the tension between environmental protection and social justice in China’s forestry reform. Forest Policy and Economics, 131, 102574. (Q1 in Forestry – SCIE)

 

2021 Lo, K*. Can authoritarian regimes achieve just energy transition? Evidence from China’s solar photovoltaic poverty alleviation initiative. Energy Research & Social Science, 82, 102315. (Q1 in Environmental Studies – SSCI)

 

2021 Wang, X and Lo, K*. Just transition: A conceptual review. Energy Research & Social Science, 82, 102291. (Q1 in Environmental Studies – SSCI)

 

2021 Li, J, Lo, K, Zhang, P and Guo, M*. Reclaiming small to fill large: A novel approach to rural residential land consolidation in China. Land Use Policy, 109, 105706. (Q1 in Environmental Studies – SSCI)

 

2021 Tong, W* and Lo, K. Back to the countryside: Rural development and the spatial patterns of population migration in Zhejiang, China. Agriculture, 11, 788. (Q1 in Agronomy – SSCI)

 

2021. Zhu, L and Lo, K*. Non-timber forest products as livelihood restoration in forest conservation: A restorative justice approach. Trees, Forests, and People, 6, 100130.

 

2021. Mah, DN, Cheung, DM*, Leung, MK, Wang, MY, Wong, MW, Lo, K and Cheung ATF. Policy mixes and the policy learning process of energy transitions: Insights from the feed-in tariff policy and urban community solar in Hong Kong. Energy Policy, 157, 112214. (Q1 in Economics – SSCI, Q1 in Environmental Science, SCIE, Q1 in Environmental Studies – SSCI)

 

2021. Gao, X, Huang, X, Lo, K*, Dang, Q and Wen, R. Vegetation responses to climate change in the Qilian Mountain Nature Reserve, Northwest China. Global Ecology and Conservation, 28, e01698. (Q1 in Biodiversity Conservation – SCIE)

 

2021. Yang, S, Wang, D and Lo, K*. An inverted-U relationship between house prices and migrant integration. Cities, 103375. (Q1 in Urban Studies – SSCI)

 

2021. Liu, M and Lo, K*. Governing eco-cities in China: Urban climate experimentation, international cooperation, and multilevel governance. Geoforum, 121, 12-22. (Q1 in Geography – SSCI)

 

2021. Yang, X and Lo, K. Environmental health research and the COVID-19 pandemic: A turning point towards sustainability. Environmental Research, 197, 111157. (Q1 in Environmental Sciences – SCIE, Q1 in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health – SCIE)

 

2021. Gao, X, Wang, K, Lo, K*, Wen, R, Mi, X, Liu, K and Huang X. An evaluation of coupling coordination between rural development and water environment in northwestern China. Land, 10, 405. (Q2 in Environmental Studies – SSCI)

 

2021. Liu, J, Lo, K*, Mah, D and Guo M. Cross-border governance and sustainable energy transition: The case of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, 8, 101-106.

 

2021. Liu, M andLo, K*. Pathways to international cooperation on climate governance in China: A comparative analysis. Journal of Chinese Governance, 6, 417-434.

 

2021. Gao, X, Wang, K, Lo, K*, Wen, R, Huang, X, Dang, Q. Water poverty assessment based on the random forest algorithm: application to Gansu, Northwest China. Water Policy, 23, 1388-1399. (Q4 in Water Resources – SCIE)

 

2021. Yang, S, Wang, D, Xu, L, Wang, C, Yang, X and Lo, K*. Private healthcare expenditure in China: A regional comparative analysis. Healthcare, 9, 1374. (Q2 in Health Policy & Services – SSCI)

 

2021. Yang, S, Wang, D, Li, W, Wang, C, Yang, X and Lo, K*. Decoupling of elderly healthcare demand and expenditure in China. Healthcare, 9, 1346. (Q2 in Health Policy & Services – SSCI)

 

2020. Castán Broto*, V, Mah, D, Zhang, F, Huang, P, Lo, K and Westman, L. Spatiotemporal perspectives on urban energy transitions: a comparative study of three cities in China. Urban Transformations, 2, 11.

 

2020. Lo, K*. Ecological civilization, authoritarian environmentalism, and the eco-politics of extractive governance in China. Extractive Industries and Society, 7, 1029-1035. (Q2 in Environmental Studies – SSCI)

 

2020. Rogers, S*, Li, J, Lo, K, Guo, H and Li, C. Moving millions to eliminate poverty: China’s rapidly evolving practice of poverty resettlement. Development Policy Review, 38, 541-554. (Q3 in Development Studies – SSCI)

 

2020. Lo, K*. Governing energy consumption in China: a comprehensive assessment of the energy conservation target responsibility system. Energy Transitions, 4, 57–67.

 

2020. Li, L, Zhang, P*, Lo, K, Liu, W and Li, J. The evolution of regional economic resilience in the old industrial bases in China: A case study of Liaoning Province, China. Chinese Geographical Science, 30, 340-351. (Q3 in Environmental Sciences – SCIE)

 

2020. Tong, W, Lo, Kand Zhang, P*. Land Consolidation in Rural China: Life Satisfaction among Resettlers and Its Determinants. Land, 9, 118. (Q2 in Environmental Studies – SSCI)

 

2020. Lo, K, Li, H* and Chen, K. Climate experimentation and the limits of top-down control: Local variation of climate pilots in China. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 63, 109-126. (Q2 in Development Studies)

 

2020. Li, H, Lo, K and Zhang, P*. Population shrinkage in resource-dependent cities in China: Processes, patterns and drivers. Chinese Geographical Science, 30, 1-15. (Q3 in Environmental Sciences – SCIE)

 

2020. Tan, J, Lo, K, Qiu, F, Zhang, X* and Zhao, H*. Regional economic resilience of resource‐based cities and influential factors during economic crises in China. Growth and Change, 51, 362-381. (Q3 in Development Studies – SSCI)

 

2019. Lo, K* and Castán Broto, V. Co-benefits, contradictions, and multi-level governance of low-carbon experimentation: Leveraging solar energy for sustainable development in China. Global Environmental Change. 59, 101993. (Q1 in Environmental Studies – SSCI, Q1 in Geography – SSCI, Q1 in Environmental Sciences – SCIE)

 

2019. Tong, W, Zhu, L and Lo, K*. Livelihood adaptation and life satisfaction among land-lost farmers: Critiquing China’s urbanisation-driven land appropriation. Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series, 46, 149-161.

 

2019. Lo, K*, Li, J, Wang, M, Li, C, Li S and Li, Y. A comparative analysis of participating and non-participating households in pro-poor tourism in southern Shaanxi, China. Tourism Planning & Development, 16, 318-333.

 

2019. Li, J, Guo, M* and Lo, K. Estimating housing vacancy rates in rural China using power consumption data. Sustainability, 11, 5722.

 

2018. Li, J*, Lo, K and Guo, M. What influences the choice between private car and public transport for shopping trips? Impact of socio-economic and built environment factors. Journal of Asian Energy Studies, 2, 29-43.

 

2018. Guan, H, Liu, W, Zhang, P*, Lo, K, Li J and Li L. Analyzing industrial structure evolution of old industrial cities using evolutionary resilience theory: A case study in Shenyang of China. Chinese Geographical Science, 28, 516-528. (Q3 in Environmental Sciences – SCIE)

 

2018. Mah, DNY, Wang, G, Lo, K*, Leung, KHM, Hills, P and Lo, AY. Barriers and policy enablers for solar PV in cities: Perspectives of potential adopters in Hong Kong. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 92, 921-936. (Q1 in Energy & Fuels – SCIE, Q1 in Green & Sustainable Science & Technology – SCIE)

 

2018. Li, J*, Lo, K and Zhang, P. Shopping mobility and travel carbon emissions among suburban residents: lessons from Shenyang city, China. Journal of Spatial Science, 63, 311-323. (Q3 in Geography, Physical – SCIE, Q3 in Remote Sensing – SCIE)

 

2018. Yang, S, Cao, D and Lo, K*. Analyzing and optimizing the impact of economic restructuring on Shanghai’s carbon emissions using STIRPAT and NSGA-II. Sustainable Cities and Society, 40, 44-53. (Q1 in Green & Sustainable Science & Technology – SCIE, Q1 in Energy & Fuels – SCIE, Q1 in Construction & Building Technology – SCIE)

 

2018. Li, J*, Lo, K and Guo, M. Do socio-economic characteristics affect travel behavior? A comparative study of low-carbon and non-low-carbon shopping travel in Shenyang City, China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15, 1346. (Q1 in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health – SSCI)

 

2018. Lo, K*, Mah, DNY, Wang, G, Leung, KHM, Lo, AY and Hills, P (2018). Barriers to adopting solar photovoltaic systems in Hong Kong. Energy & Environment, 29, 649–663. (Q4 in Environmental Studies – SSCI)

 

2018. Lo, K* and Wang, M (2018). How voluntary is poverty alleviation resettlement in China? Habitat International, 73, 34-42. (Q1 in Regional & Urban Planning – SSCI, Q1 in Environmental Studies – SSCI, Q1 in Development Studies – SSCI)

 

2017. Tan, J, Lo, K, Qiu, F, Liu, W, Li, J and Zhang, P*. Regional economic resilience: Resistance and recoverability of resource-based cities during economic crises in Northeast China. Sustainability, 9, 2136. (Q2 in Environmental Studies – SSCI, Q2 in Environmental Sciences – SCIE)

 

2017. Liu, D, Lo, K, Song, W* and Xie, C.  Spatial patterns of car sales and their socio-economic attributes in China. Chinese Geographical Science, 27, 684-696. (Q3 in Environmental Sciences – SCIE)

 

2017. Li, J*, Lo, K, Zhang, P and Guo, M. Relationship between built environment, socio-economic factors and carbon emissions from shopping trip in Shenyang City, China. Chinese Geographical Science, 27, 722-734. (Q3 in Environmental Sciences – SCIE)

 

2017. Tan, J, Zhang P*, Lo, K, Li, J and Liu, S. Conceptualizing and measuring economic resilience of resource-based cities: Case study of Northeast China. Chinese Geographical Science, 27, 471-481. (Q3 in Environmental Sciences – SCIE)

 

2017. Tong, W, Zhang, P*, Lo, K, Chen, T and Gao, R. Age-differentiated impact of land appropriation and resettlement on landless farmers: A case study of Xinghua village, China. Geographical Research, 55, 293-304. (Q3 in Geography – SSCI)

 

2017. Lo, K*. Renewable energy development in Hong Kong: Potential, progress, and barriers. Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, 4, 50-55.

 

2016. Guo, F, Lo, K* and Tong, L. Eco-efficiency analysis of industrial systems in the Songhua River basin: A decomposition model approach. Sustainability, 8, 1271.

 

2016. Tan, J, Zhang, P*, Lo, K, Li, J and Liu, S. The urban transition performance of resource-based cities in Northeast China. Sustainability, 8, 1022. (Q2 in Environmental Studies – SSCI, Q2 in Environmental Sciences – SCIE)

 

2016. Li, J*, Lo, K, Zhang, P, Guo, M. Consumer travel behaviors and transport carbon emissions: A comparative study of commercial centers in Shenyang, China. Energies, 9, 765. (Q2 in Energy & Fuels – SCIE)

 

2016. Lo, K, Xue, L*, Wang, M. Spatial restructuring through poverty alleviation resettlement in rural China. Journal of Rural Studies, 47, 496–505. (Q1 in Geography – SSCI, Q1 in Regional & Urban Planning – SSCI)

 

2016. Li, H*, Lo, K, Wang, M, Zhang, P, Xue, L. Industrial energy consumption in Northeast China under the revitalisation strategy: A decomposition and policy analysis. Energies9, 549. (Q2 in Energy & Fuels – SCIE)

 

2015. Li, J*, Zhang, P,  Lo, K, Guo, M, Wang, M. Reducing carbon emissions from shopping trips: Evidence from China. Energies,8, 10043-10057. (Q2 in Energy & Fuels – SCIE)

 

2015. Wang, M and Lo, K*. Displacement and resettlement with Chinese characteristics: An editorial introduction. Geography Research Forum, 35, 1-9.

 

2015. Lo, K*. Governing China’s clean energy transition: Policy reforms, flexible implementation and the need for empirical investigation. Energies, 8, 13255-13264. (Q2 in Energy & Fuels – SCIE)

 

2015. Lo, K*. How authoritarian is the environmental governance of China? Environmental Science and Policy, 54, 152-159. (Q1 in Environmental Sciences – SCIE)

 

2015. Lo, K*, Li, H and Wang, M. Energy conservation in China’s energy-intensive enterprises: An empirical study of the Ten-Thousand Enterprises Program. Energy for Sustainable Development, 27, 105-111. (Q2 in Energy & Fuels – SCIE, Q2 in Green & Sustainable Science & Technology – SCIE)

 

2015. Li, H, Lo, K* and Wang, M. Economic transformation of mining cities in transition economies: Lessons from Daqing, Northeast China. International Development Planning Review, 37, 311-328. (Q3 in Development Studies - SSCI)

 

2015. Yang, S, Wang, C, Lo, K*, Wang, M and Liu, L. Quantifying and mapping spatial variability of Shanghai household carbon footprints. Frontiers in Energy, 9, 115-124. (Q3 in Energy & Fuels – SCIE)

 

2015. Lo, K*. The “Warm Houses” program: Insulating existing buildings through compulsory retrofits. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 9, 63-67. (Q2 in Energy & Fuels – SCIE, Q2 in Green & Sustainable Science & Technology – SCIE)

 

2015. Lo, K*. Campus sustainability in Chinese higher education institutions: Focuses, motivation and challenges. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 16, 34-43. (Q2 in Education & Educational Research – SSCI)

 

2014. Lo, K*. Urban carbon governance and the transition towards low-carbon urbanism: Review of a global phenomenon. Carbon Management, 5, 269-283. (Q2 in Environmental Studies – SSCI, Q2 in Environmental Sciences – SSCI)

 

2014. Lo, K*. China’s low-carbon city initiatives: The implementation gap and the limits of the target responsibility system. Habitat International, 42, 236-244. (Q1 in Regional & Urban Planning – SSCI, Q1 in Environmental Studies – SSCI, Q1 in Development Studies – SSCI)

 

2014. Liu, S, Zhang, P* and Lo, K. Urbanization in remote areas: A case study of the Heilongjiang Reclamation Area, Northeast China. Habitat International, 42, 103-110. (Q1 in Regional & Urban Planning – SSCI, Q1 in Environmental Studies – SSCI, Q1 in Development Studies – SSCI)

 

2014. Lo, K*. A critical review of China’s rapidly developing renewable energy and energy efficiency policies. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 29, 508-516. (Q1 in Energy & Fuels – SCIE, Q1 in Green & Sustainable Science & Technology – SCIE)

 

2014. Lo, K*. Energy-related carbon emissions of China’s model environmental cities. Geography Journal, 2014, 204745.

 

2013. Lo, K*. Energy conservation in China’s higher education institutions. Energy Policy, 56, 703-710. (Q1 in Economics – SSCI, Q1 in Environmental Science, SCIE, Q1 in Environmental Studies – SSCI)

 

2013. Lo, K* and Wang, M. Energy Conservation in China’s Twelfth Five-Year Plan Period: Continuation or Paradigm Shift? Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 18, 499-507. (Q1 in Energy & Fuels – SCIE, Q1 in Green & Sustainable Science & Technology – SCIE)

 

2013. Lo, K*. Approaching neighborhood democracy from a longitudinal perspective: An eighteen-year case study of a homeowner association in Beijing. Urban Studies Research, 2013, 639312.

 

2013. Lo, K* and Wang, M. The development and localisation of a foreign gated community in Beijing. Cities, 30, 186-192. (Q1 in Urban Studies – SSCI)

 

2013. Liu, S, Zhang, P*, Jiang, X and Lo, K. Measuring sustainable urbanization in China: A case study of the coastal Liaoning Area. Sustainability Science, 8, 585-594. (Q1 in Environmental Sciences – SCIE)

 

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters

 

2017. Lo, K*. Energy efficiency programs in China, in Solomon, B and Calvert, K (eds), Handbook of the Geographies of Energy, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 211-219.

 

2017. Lo, K and Wang, M. Low-carbon (re-)industrialization: Lessons from China, in Nawratek, K (eds), Urban Re-Industrialization, Punctum Books, Brooklyn, 149-158.

 

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

 

2015. Lo, K* and Wang, M. Low carbon policies and programs in China, in Han, S, Green, R and Wang, M (eds.), Towards Low Carbon Cities in China: Urban Forms and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Routledge, Oxon, 51-75.

 

2015. Lo, K*, Wang, M, Qin, B and Han, S. Low carbon city development in China, in Han, S, Green, R and Wang, M (eds.), Towards Low Carbon Cities in China: Urban Forms and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Routledge, Oxon, 21-50.