Dr Lee White

Visiting Fellow
School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

Dr Lee White was a Fellow with the Zero Carbon Energy in the Asia Pacific Grand Challenge program from 2019-2023, and is now a Visiting Fellow at RegNet. 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 is focused on climate and energy policy, with emphasis on how institutions and actors shape energy transition and whose interests are met or underserved by these outcomes. She has published in areas including predictors of rooftop solar and electric vehicle adoption, household response to demand management, and policies to govern emerging energy transition resources such as green hydrogen.


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.