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Research interests

Energy policy, environmental decision-making, sustainable systems, sustainable cities

Biography

Dr Lee White is a Research Fellow with the Zero Carbon Energy in the Asia Pacific Grand Challenge program. She earned her PhD at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, examining the impact of particular policy designs in terms of equity and the role that urban policy can play in supporting energy transition

Her research relates to understanding how systems can be changed to increase clean technology adoption, including policies that can make distributed generation more accessible to individuals. She has published in areas including drivers of residential solar adoption, predictors of intent to adopt electric vehicles, and household response to demand management rates to shift timing of electricity use. Her research examines design, implementation, and multifaceted impacts of policies to support clean technology adoption, in areas ranging from design of green hydrogen certification schemes to understanding varying impacts of electricity rate and regulatory design across sociodemographic groups.

Qualifications

PhD

Researcher's projects

Current research includes:

Embedded emissions accounting: frameworks for trade in a net-zero world. Led by Dr Emma Aisbett, this project is funded by an ARC Linkage grant. This project will help establish a global knowledge base on best-practice public embedded emissions accounting frameworks for traded products.

Bringing to light the regulatory disparities for electricity access and services in remote Australia. With Brad Riley, Sally Wilson, Lily O'Neill, and Francis Markham. This work received funding from Energy Consumers Australia, and aims to provide a critical overarching view by building an original data set of electricity regulations and rules to support geographic mapping and statistical analysis of differences in electricity regulatory environments across Australia. This builds on prior work by team members, Energy insecurity during temperature extremes in remote Australia (Nature Energy, 2022)

How can we involve renters in the renewable energy transition in Australia? With Mara Hammerle and Bjorn Sturmberg. This work received funding from Energy Consumers Australia, and examines property investor perceptions of barriers and reactions to hypothetical policies designed to increase availability of solar for rental properties. The project’s webpage can be found at: https://sites.google.com/view/renenergy4renters/home

Maximizing consumer ability to manage electricity demand. With Emma Aisbett and Christa Shen. This work received funding from the Icon Water and ActewAGL Endowment Fund, and aims to evaluate the extent to which poorly insulated homes limit people’s ability to control bills when on demand management rates such as time-of-use. This builds on Dr White's prior publication Health and financial impacts of demand-side response measures differ across sociodemographic groups (Nature Energy, 2020).

Expertise Areas

  • URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING
  • Econometric and Statistical Methods
  • Panel Data Analysis
  • Environment Policy

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