Shiran Victoria Shen, Ph.D.

University of Virginia

Country: United States (Virginia)

About Me:

Welcome!  Shiran Victoria Shen is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of Virginia (2018–).  Previously, she forged her own path in graduate school at Stanford University (2013–2018) by simultaneously pursuing 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 Phi Beta Kappa and with high honors from Swarthmore College in 2012.Prof. Shen’s research explores how incentives shape environmental politics, especially in industrializing and urbanizing countries (China, India, Kenya, Mexico, Uganda).  Her research areas include the political economy of the environment, the social impacts of climate change, environmental attitudes & behaviors, and environmental justice.  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.Prof. Shen is currently writing a book, tentatively entitled The Political Regulation Cycle.  This work has been recognized with the Paul A. Sabatier Award and the Malcolm Jewell Award.

Research Interests

Environmental Policy

Energy And Climate Policy

Comparative Political Institutions

Asian Politics

Public Administration

Public Policy


Specific Areas of Interest

Air Pollution

Climate Modeling

Machine Learning

Satellite Remote Sensing

Climate Resilience

Renewable Energy Politics

Countries of Interest






Journal Articles:

(2019) Public receptivity in China towards wind energy generators: A survey experimental approach, Energy Policy

Tags: Energy And Climate Policy, Public Policy, Asian 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.