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Joanna Lewis is an assistant professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Her research examines technology acquisition and innovation strategies for energy leapfrogging, drawing from cases of renewable energy development in the emerging economies. Focused primarily on China, her work combines approaches from energy systems and policy analysis, global environmental politics, and technology transfer and innovation studies. Current projects include an examination of US-China cross border technology innovation in clean energy research and development, the evolving nature of US-China relations on energy and climate, China’s climate change mitigation and adaptation options and approaches, and an analysis of the implications of emerging international renewable energy trade conflicts. Her research has appeared in journals such as Energy Policy, the International Journal of Technology and Globalization, the China Environment Series, International Affairs and the Washington Quarterly, as well as in numerous edited volumes on environmental policy and on contemporary Chinese politics. She has conducted extensive research on international technology transfer in China’s wind power industry, and her book, Green Innovation in China: China's Wind Power Industry and the Global Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy, was published by Columbia University Press in late 2012.
Dr. Lewis also serves as an international adviser to the Energy Foundation China Sustainable Energy Program in Beijing, and is a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report. She was a member of the National Academies Committee on U.S.-China Cooperation on Electricity from Renewables and has consulted for many domestic and international organizations including UNIDO and USAID. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)’s U.S.-China Program. Dr. Lewis was awarded a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 2011-2012, and is serving as a National Committee on US-China Relations Public Intellectuals Program Fellow from 2011-2013.