Senior Lecturer, New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

Alex Lo is an environmental social scientist specializing in the study of public and policy response to climate change. He is recipient of the World Social Science Fellowship, Endeavour Research Fellowship, Universitas 21 Fellowship. Pete Hay Prize, Li Ka Shing Prize, Dr. Stephen S.F. Hui Prizes, and Ada and Arthur Hill Prize. He was an invited plenary speaker at the International Conference on Regional Development (2016). He has been an editorial board member for Environmental Values (White Horse Press) since 2014, and Associate Editor of Geographical Research (Wiley), the journal of the Institute of Australian Geographers, since 2019.

Lo played a lead role in a number of successful external grant applications. His projects were supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, University Grants Committee (Hong Kong Government), the Regional Studies Association (UK), and Hui Oi Chow Trust Fund. He is commissioned by the Hong Kong Government’s Environment and Conservation Fund to assess the impacts of its flagship funding programme, and involved in a collaborative applied research project funded by Australia’s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. Previously he led several other research projects on climate change governance and politics, which were supported by and Australia’s Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia with co-funding from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Lo received his PhD from the Australian National University in 2011, followed by a permanent lectureship at the Griffith University in Australia, a position he held until 2015. Previously, he held a research appointment at Vienna, Austria, and coordinated environmental education projects for the Hong Kong Government. Since 2018, he has been and Adjunct Professor at the Guangzhou University, China.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 2015–2019
    Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong
  • 2011–2015
    Lecturer, Griffith University
  • 2011–2011
    Teaching and Research Associate, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Education

  • 2011 
    Australian National University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2009 
    University of Hong Kong, Master of Philosophy
  • 2007 
    University of Hong Kong, Master of Science in Environmental Management
  • 2003 
    Chinese University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Business Administration

Publications

  • 2017
    After CDM: Domestic carbon offsetting in China, Journal of Cleaner Production 141, 1391–1399
  • 2017
    Emission trading and carbon market performance in Shenzhen, China, Applied Energy 193, 414-425
  • 2016
    Carbon Trading in China: Environmental Discourse and Politics, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2016
    Challenges to the development of carbon markets in China, Climate Policy 16 (1), 109-124
  • 2015
    Political Ambiguity in the Chinese Climate Change Discourses, Environmental Values 24 (6), 755-776
  • 2015
    Power and Carbon Sovereignty in a Non-Traditional Capitalist State: Discourses of Carbon Trading in China, Global Environmental Politics, 15 (1)
  • 2015
    Carbon finance and the carbon market in China, Nature Climate Change, 5 (1), 15-16
  • 2015
    National Development and Carbon Trading: The Symbolism of Chinese Climate Capitalism , Eurasian Geography and Economics
  • 2015
    National Development and Carbon Trading: The Symbolism of Chinese Climate Capitalism, Eurasian Geography and Economics 56 (2), 111-126
  • 2015
    Climate for Business: Opportunities for Financial Institutions and Sustainable Development in the Chinese Carbon Market, Sustainable Development 23 (6), 369-380
  • 2013
    Powered by the State or Finance? The Organization of China’s Carbon Markets, Eurasian Geography and Economics, 54(4), pp. 386-408
  • 2013
    Carbon trading in a socialist market economy: Can China make a difference?, Ecological Economics, 87, pp. 72-74
  • 2012
    Australia's carbon tax: A sheep in wolf's clothing?, Economic and Labour Relations Review, 23(1), pp. 67-86
  • 2012
    Carbon Emission Trading in China, Nature Climate Change, 2(11), pp. 765-766.
  • 2012
    How Green is your scheme? Greenhouse gas control the Australian way, Energy Policy, 50, pp. 150-153
  • 2010
    Active conflict or passive coherence: The political economy of climate change in China, Environmental Politics.19 (6), pp. 1012-1017
  • 2010
    China’s Response to Climate Change, Environmental Science and Technology. 44 (15), pp. 5689-5690.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Young Scientists' Funds
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China
  • 2017
    Universitas 21 Fellowship
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Universitas 21
  • 2015
    Early Career Grant Scheme
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Regional Studies Association (UK)
  • 2014
    Australia-China Joint-Action Program
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • 2014
    New Researcher Grant
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Griffith University
  • 2013
    Australia-China Joint-Action Program
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • 2013
    GCCRP Seed Funding
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Griffith University
  • 2012
    GCCRP Seed Funding
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Griffith University