Dr Lee White

Research Fellow in the Grand Challenge for Zero Carbon Energy in the Asia Pacific
School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

Lee is a Research Fellow with the Zero Carbon Energy in the Asia Pacific Grand Challenge program. She earned her PhD in Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy, specializing in examining city policies and individual-level behavioural interventions that can increase sustainable behaviour.

Lee holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Management from the University of Otago. 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 relates to understanding how systems can be changed to increase clean technology adoption, including policies that can make distributed generation more accessible to individuals. Lee's current work includes studying city-level policies to mitigate climate change, examining energy justice issues that may be raised by demand management rates, and understanding policy needs to support a socio-technical transition to green hydrogen as a rising technology.


Research interests

  • Energy policy
  • Environment Policy
  • Urban And Regional Planning
  • Environmental decision-making
  • Sustainable systems
  • Sustainable cities
  • Econometric And Statistical Methods
  • Panel Data Analysis
  • White, L & Sintov, N 2020, 'Health and financial impacts of demand-side response measures differ across sociodemographic groups', Nature Energy, vol. 5, pp. 50–60.
  • Sintov, N, White, L & Walpole, H 2019, 'Thermostat wars? The roles of gender and thermal comfort negotiations in household energy use behavior', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 14, no. 11.
  • White, L 2019, 'Increasing residential solar installations in California: Have local permitting processes historically driven differences between cities?', Energy Policy, vol. 124, pp. 46-53.
  • White, L & Sintov, N 2018, 'Inaccurate consumer perceptions of monetary savings in a demand-side response programme predict programme acceptance', Nature Energy, vol. 3, pp. 1101-1108.
  • Merrill, R & White, L 2018, 'Bridging Ends and Means: The Centrality of Targets in Comparative Policy Analysis with Illustrations in the United States, New Zealand, and Germany', Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 469-485.
  • White, L & Sintov, N 2017, 'You are what you drive: Environmentalist and social innovator symbolism drives electric vehicle adoption intentions', Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, vol. 99, pp. 94-113.
  • Sintov, N, Geislar, S & White, L 2017, 'Cognitive Accessibility as a New Factor in Proenvironmental Spillover: Results From a Field Study of Household Food Waste Management', Environment and Behavior, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 50-80.
  • White, L & Wakes, S 2014, 'Permitting best use of wind resource for small wind-turbines in rural New Zealand: A micro-scale CFD examination', Energy for Sustainable Development, vol. 21, pp. 1-6.
  • White, L, Lloyd, B & Wakes, S 2013, 'Are Feed-in Tariffs suitable for promoting solar PV in New Zealand cities?', Energy Policy, vol. 60, pp. 167-178.