Joanna Lewis is associate professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and faculty affiliate in the China Energy Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is also a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report and an adviser to multiple foundations, governmental and non-governmental organizations working on energy and climate issues in China. Dr. Lewis is currently leading a National Science Foundation-funded project on International Partnerships and Technological Leapfrogging in China's Clean Energy Sector. She also leads the Georgetown US-China Climate Research Dialogue as part of the new Georgetown Initiative for US-China Cooperation on Global Issues.
Dr. Lewis has conducted research in China on energy technology and innovation and climate change policy for over 15 years. Her recent book, Green Innovation in China was awarded the 2014 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award by the International Studies Association. Her research has appeared in journals such as Science, Energy Policy, Global Environmental Politics, and Nature Energy, as well as in numerous edited volumes on environmental policy and on contemporary Chinese politics. Dr. Lewis is the editor of a new book series with Oxford University Press, Studies in Comparative Energy and Environmental Politics.
Previously, Dr. Lewis was a Senior International Fellow at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and a researcher in the China Energy Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She served as the technical director for the Asia Society’s Initiative for U.S.-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate, and has also worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the National Wildlife Federation and the Environmental Defense Fund. She has been a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the East-West Center.