Welcome! Shiran Victoria Shen is an interdisciplinary environmental scholar and Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics. She forged her own path at Stanford University by simultaneously completing a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering in five years. She was the first at Stanford to complete such joint degrees. Her doctoral thesis, The Political Pollution Cycle: An Inconvenient Truth and How To Break It, received the 2020 Harold D. Lasswell Award from the American Political Science Association and the 2019 Ph.D. Dissertation Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Both were given for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of public policy.
Substantively, Shen’s research seeks to improve understanding of how environmental change influences and is shaped by politics and policy. Her empirical work has primarily focused on the regulation of air pollution and the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the developing world, especially China. In other works, she actively thinks of ways to integrate political science into climate modeling.
Methodologically, she employs a wide range of data, techniques, and research designs in her work, including large-scale, satellite-derived datasets, statistical and spatial models, integrated assessment models, machine learning, surveys, field experiments, online ethnography, and field interviews.
Updates (past two years):
09/20: Ph.D. dissertation, The Political Pollution Cycle: An Inconvenient Truth and How to Break It, won the Harold D. Lasswell Award from the American Political Science Association for “the best doctoral dissertation in the field of public policy in the past two calendar years.”
05/20: “Environmental Justice in India: Incidence of Air Pollution from Coal-Fired Power Plants” has been published in Ecological Economics.
11/19: Ph.D. dissertation, The Political Pollution Cycle: An Inconvenient Truth and How to Break It, won the Ph.D. Dissertation Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management for “the best dissertation in public policy and management in the past two calendar years.”
11/19: “Pricing Carbon to Contain Violence” has been published in The First International Research Conference on Carbon Pricing, a peer-reviewed conference proceeding by the World Bank.
10/19: “The effects of behavioral intention on the choice to purchase energy-saving appliances in China: the role of environmental attitude, concern, and perceived psychological benefits in shaping intention” has been published in Energy Efficiency.
03/19: “Public Receptivity in China towards Wind Energy Generators: A Survey Experimental Approach” has been published in Energy Policy. The study was profiled on Caixin（财新）.