Jingjing Zhang received her PhD from the Department of Energy and Environmental Studies at Lund University in 2015. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Zhang’s research has been primarily focused on the intersection of engineering and public policy. In aiming to accelerate energy technology innovation and practices to help stabilize climate change, she takes an interdisciplinary approach to inform energy policy. One of her early scientific contributions was serving as a contributing author to the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, chapter 8 ‘Integration of Renewable Energy into Present and Future Energy Systems’ (2010).
Dr. Zhang’s PhD thesis applied an innovation system approach to investigate how technologies such as passive houses and zero-energy buildings developed and diffused. Her scholarly work helped to advance the first passive house standard in China, where nearly half of the world’s new buildings are built every year. This important contribution to sustainability won her “talent of the year” award at Lund University in 2015.
At Berkeley Lab, Dr. Zhang has led research and coordinated bilateral efforts in two presidential initiatives between the U.S. and China; the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center for Water-Energy Technologies and the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group Climate-Smart Cities Initiative. She has been one of the key researchers advancing “Innovation Decision Sciences” at Berkeley Lab. Dr. Zhang has extensive professional experience addressing distinct governance settings and industry structures, and how they impact the uptake of innovation by both people and organizations. These include energy efficiency and urban sustainability, demand response, and solar PV systems, among others.
Selected awards and funding
- Co-PI, Laboratory Directed Research and Development “Water-Energy Initiative”: Managing water use to reshape electricity loads: A user-oriented approach,Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2018
- Talent of the year, Eliassons Family Foundation and Lund University, 2015
- Research exchange Scholarship, Swedish Royal Physiographic Society, 2014
- Marie Curie Fellow, European Commission, 2013
- Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, European Commission, 2010-2013
For more publications, please see https://lbl.academia.edu/JingjingZhang