Joanna I. Lewis

Joanna Lewis
Joanna I. Lewis
Associate Professor
510 ICC

Associate Professor 

Joanna Lewis is an associate professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Her research focuses on energy, environment and innovation in China, including renewable energy industry development and climate change policy. She is currently leading a National Science Foundation-funded project on International Partnerships and Technological Leapfrogging in China’s Clean Energy Sector. Her recent book, Green Innovation in China: China’s Wind Power Industry and the Global Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy, was awarded the 2014 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award by the International Studies Association for best book of the year in environmental studies.

Dr. Lewis is currently a non-resident faculty affiliate with the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She 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 was a National Committee on US-China Relations Public Intellectuals Program Fellow from 2011-2013.

Previously, Dr. Lewis was a Senior International Fellow at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and a researcher in the China Energy Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She served as the technical director for the Asia Society’s Initiative for U.S.-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate, and has also worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the National Wildlife Federation and the Environmental Defense Fund. From 2003-2004 she was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Energy, Environment, and Economy at Tsinghua University in Beijing and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Areas of Expertise: energy technology and policy, climate and climate change; Chinese politics; environment; science and technology studies; sustainability

  • Ph.D. (2005) University of California, Berkeley, Energy and Resources
  • M.A. (2001) University of California, Berkeley, Energy and Resources
  • A.B. (1997) Duke University, Environmental Science and Policy



Lewis, Joanna I. Green Innovation in China: China’s Wind Power Industry and the Global Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.

Articles in Journals

Lewis, Joanna I.. “Managing Intellectual Property Rights in Cross-Border Clean Energy Collaboration: The Case of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center.” Energy Policy (forthcoming) (2014).

Lewis, Joanna I.. “The Rise of Renewable Energy Protectionism: Emerging Trade Conflicts and Implications for Low Carbon Development.” Global Environmental Politics (forthcoming) (2014).

Wang Zhongying, Qin Haiyan and Joanna I. Lewis.. “China’s wind power industry: Policy support, technological achievements, and emerging challenges.” Energy Policy 51 (2012): 80-88.

Lewis, Joanna I.. “Building a national wind turbine industry: experiences from China, India and South Korea.” Int. J. Technology and Globalisation 5.3/4 (2011): 281-305.

Lewis, Joanna I. “The State of U.S.-China Relations on Climate Change: Examining the Bilateral and Multilateral Relationship.” China Environment Series 11 (2010): 7-39.

Lewis, Joanna I. “The evolving role of carbon finance in promoting renewable energy development in China.” Energy Policy 38.6 (2010): 2875-2886.

Lewis, Joanna I. “Climate Change and Security: Examining China’s Challenges in a Warming World.” International Affairs 85.6 (2009): 1195-1213.

Lewis, Joanna I. “Technology Acquisition and Innovation in the Developing World: Wind Turbine Development in China and India.” Studies in Comparative International Development 42.3-4 (2007).

Lewis, Joanna I. and Ryan H. Wiser. “Fostering a renewable energy technology industry: An international comparison of wind industry policy support mechanisms.” Energy Policy 35.3 (2007): 1844-1857.

Lewis, Joanna I. “China’s Strategic Priorities in International Climate Change Negotiations.” The Washington Quarterly 31.1 (2007): 155-174.

Lewis, Joanna I. “Leading the Renewable Energy Revolution.” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (2006).

Yeh, Emily T. and Joanna I. Lewis. “State Power and the Logic of Reform in China’s Electricity Sector.” Pacific Affairs 77.3 (2004).

Ren Dongming and Joanna Lewis. “Renewable Energy Legislation in China: Political and Institutional Strategy for Effective Implementation.” Chinese Journal of Population, Resources and Environment 2.1 (2004): 13-17.

Articles in Books

Lewis, Joanna I. and Kelly Sims Gallagher. “Energy and Environment in China: National and Global Challenges.” The Global Environment: Institutions, Law and Policy. Ed. Regina Axelrod and Stacy VanDeveer. Washington: CQ Press, 2014.

Lewis, Joanna I. “China’s Environmental Diplomacy: Climate Change, Domestic Politics and International Engagement.” China Across the Divide: The Domestic and Global in Politics and Society. Ed. Rosemary Foot. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Gallagher, Kelly Sims and Joanna I. Lewis. “China’s Quest for a Green Economy.” Environmental Policy. Ed. Vig and Kraft . Washington: CQ Press, 2012.

Lewis, Joanna I. “Climate Change Challenges and China’s Foreign Policy.” China’s Challenges to Human Security: Foreign Relations and Global Implications. Ed. Guoguang Wu . London and New York: Routledge, 2012.

Lewis, Joanna I. “Climate Mitigation Initiatives in China.” Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability Volume 7. China, India and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability. Ed. Ray Anderson. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire, 2012.

Lewis, Joanna I. “China.” Climate Change and National Security: A Country-Level Analysis. Ed. Daniel Moran. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2011.

Lewis, Joanna and Kelly Sims Gallagher. “Energy and Environment in China: Achievements and Enduring Challenges.” The Global Environment: Institutions, Law and Policy . Ed. Regina Axelrod, Stacy VanDeveer and David Leonard Downie. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2010.

Lewis, Joanna I. . “Environmental Challenges: From the Local to the Global.” China Today, China Tomorrow: Domestic Politics, Economy, and Society. Ed. Joseph Fewsmith. Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield, 2010.

Lewis, Joanna I., Michael B. Cummings and Jeffrey Logan. . “Understanding the Climate Challenge in China.” Climate Change Science and Policy. Ed. Steven H. Schneider, Armin Rosencranz, Michael Mastrandrea and Kristin Kuntz-Duriseti. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2009.

Lewis, Joanna I., Qimin Chai and Xiliang Zhang. “Low Carbon Electricity Development in China: Opportunities and Challenges.” Generating Electricity in a Carbon Constrained World. Ed. Fereidoon P. Sioshansi . Waltham: Elseiver Academic Press, 2009.

Articles in conference proceedings

Lewis, Joanna I.. “Mapping the Global Diffusion of Wind Power Technology: Deployment, Innovation, and Intellectual Property.” Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy. Atlanta, GA: Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013.

Lewis, Joanna I.. “Supporting Clean Energy Innovation in the United States and China.” Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Annual Fall Research Conference. Washington, DC: APPAM, 2013.

Lewis, Joanna I.. “Emerging Conflicts in Renewable Energy Policy and International Trade Law.” World Renewable Energy Forum . Denver, CO: WREF, 2012.

Lewis, Joanna I.. “The US-China Clean Energy Research Center: A New Model for Collaborative International Clean Energy Innovation.” ISA Annual Convention. San Diego, CA: International Studies Association, 2012.

Lewis, Joanna I.. “Conceding Too Much? Conflicts between the Government and Project Developers in Promoting the China ‘Wind Concession’ Project Development Model.” Proceedings of the Eighth World Renewable Energy Congress. Denver, CO: WREC, 2004.

Lewis, Joanna I., David G. Fridley, Jonathan E. Sinton, Jieming Lin . “Sectoral and Geographic Analysis of the Decline in China’s National Energy Consumption in the Late 1990s .” Proceedings of the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry . Rye Brook, New York: ACEEE, 2003.

Book reviews

Lewis, Joanna I.. “A comprehensive look at technology transfer.” Climate Policy 13.4 (2013).


Lewis, Joanna. “Building Our Clean Energy Industries: Learning from China’s Experience in Wind Power.”, World Resources Institute, February 4, 2013.

“A Progress Report on U.S.-China Energy & Climate Change Cooperation: A Q&A with Joanna Lewis.”, February 14, 2013.

Lewis, Joanna. “U.S., China need a green peace, not a trade war,”, February 14, 2012.

Lewis, Joanna. “Energy and Climate Goals of China’s 12th Five-Year Plan.” Pew Center on Global Climate Change, March 2011.

Lewis, Joanna. “Renewables Strategy: Industrial Policy Scrubs Up.” China Economic Quarterly 15(1), March 2011, pp.17-21.

Lewis, Joanna I. “Decoding China’s Climate and Energy Policy Post-Copenhagen.” Policy Brief, German Marshall Fund of the United States, June 28, 2010.

Lewis, Joanna. “Can green sunrise industries lead the drive into recovery? The case of the wind power industry in China and India.” United Nations Industrial Development Organization Working Paper 20/2009, UNIDO: Vienna.

Lewis, Joanna I. Testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission Hearing on “China’s Energy Policies and Their Environmental Impacts,” Panel on The Effects of China’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and China’s Approach to Global Climate Change. August 13, 2008.

Lewis, Joanna. “Energy leapfrogging in China and India.” China Dialogue, March 10, 2008. Available in English and Chinese.

Lewis, Joanna and Elliot Diringer. “Policy-Based Commitments in a Post-2012 Climate Framework.” Prepared for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, May 2007 .

Logan, Jeffrey, Joanna Lewis and Michael B. Cummings. “For China, the shift to climate-friendly energy depends on international collaboration.” Boston Review, January/February 2007.

Sinton, Jonathan, Joanna Lewis, Mark Levine, Zhu Yuezhong. “China’s Sustainable Energy Future: Scenarios of Energy and Carbon Emissions.” LBNL Report No. 54067, October 2003..