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Governance for sustainable energy transitions, comparative energy policies in Asia, Smart grids, solar


Dr. Daphne Mah is Director of Asian Energy Studies Centre, and Associate Professor at Department of Geography at Hong Kong Baptist University. She holds a BA degree in journalism and communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a MSc degree in Environmental Management from the University of Nottingham in the UK, and a PhD degree in energy from the University of Hong Kong.  


Her research focuses on social aspects of smart energy transitions, specialising in interdisciplinary research that cuts across the fields of energy technologies (smart grids, solar power, wind energy, nuclear power, and building energy efficiency), energy governance, and sustainability policy studies, with a geographical focus on East Asia covering empirical cases in China, South Korea, and Japan.

Dr. Mah is the recipient of various competitive research and teaching grants. Since 2010, she has been the principal investigator of 30 projects, including a HK$4 million Research Grant Council’s Research Impact Fund for a study on smart low-carbon communities, amounting to HK$~10 million (~1.3 million USD). She has published widely in top-tier journals including Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Energy Research & Social Science, Energy Policy, Geoforum, Journal of Cleaner Production, and Environmental and Planning C. She is a co-founding editor of Journal of Asian Energy Studies, and the founding convener of the Asian Low-carbon Universities-cities Network (ALUN) and Hong Kong Solar Partnership.


Dr. Mah was awarded the Chevening Scholarship for her studies in the UK. She is a recipient of Faculty/School/Academy of Visual Arts Performance Award in Scholarly Work for the Faculty of Social Sciences (2022) and Faculty Award for Early Career Academic (Research) (2014). Before pursuing her academic career, she was a journalist in Ming Pao Daily News, and the head of the campaigns team of Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong).



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

“Local States, Policy Capacity, and the Sustainability Transition: A Study of Policies for Wind Energy Development in Xinjiang, Shanghai and Guangdong”, The University of Hong Kong

Award Date: 1 Nov 2010


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