Shiran Victoria Shen has been an assistant professor of environmental politics at the University of Virginia since August 2018. Previously, she forged her own path in graduate school at Stanford University (2013–2018) by simultaneously completing a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering (atmosphere & energy), and was the first student at Stanford to complete such joint degrees. She graduated with high honors from Swarthmore College in 2012.Dr. Shen’s research explores how incentives shape environmental politics, especially in industrializing and urbanizing countries. Her specialties are in the politics of air pollution and the social impacts of climate change. She seeks to integrate relevant techniques from political science, engineering, earth systems, computer science, and other disciplines to illuminate the problems of energy and the environment.
Energy And Climate Policy
Comparative Political Institutions
Satellite Remote Sensing
Renewable Energy Politics
China leads the world's wind energy market, but little has been written about public receptivity towards wind energy generators in China. To fill this gap, we pursue a survey experimental approach to examine explanations for receptivity based on evidence from OECD countries as well as the importance of public knowledge in augmenting public acceptance of wind energy generators in China. We find that Chinese respondents are sensitive to siting near their residences, to cost considerations when imposed on them directly, to wildlife externalities, and to noise from turbines. Interestingly, Chinese respondents seem to be concerned about radiation, a finding unprecedented in the literature, and are less assured by scientific assurances that radiation is not a problem. Instead, the Chinese central government is best suited to address concerns about this topic. Targeted information provision to the public can improve public knowledge about aspects of wind energy of concern. Hence, the Chinese central government can promote wind energy deployment not just because it is an authoritarian government determined to get things done, but also because it can provide relevant information to reduce potential public resistance.