Environmental Policy & Governance Lab

Welcome to Dr. Lily Hsueh’s Environmental Policy & Governance Lab (EPGL). We take a problem-driven approach to investigate the emergence, evolution, and impacts of alternative forms of natural resource and environmental policy and management. EPGL’s substantive areas of focus include global climate change, ocean and marine resources, and natural disasters and extreme events, among other policy issue areas subject to unprecedented governance challenges.

A recurring theme in our lab is the examination of public policies, political economy factors, and market forces that motivate and incentivize the private provision of public goods and the interaction between firms and policymakers as well as other stakeholders, such as consumers, investors, and activists.  

Methodologically, we regularly employ quantitative tools and methods for causal inference, such as applied econometrics, quasi-experimental methods, and data science techniques. To uncover causal mechanisms, we conduct semi-structured interviews and process tracing in systematic case studies.


Principal Investigator

Lily Hsueh, Ph.D.

Read her bio here.

Current Students

Eugene Cho is a Ph.D. student at the School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University. Her primary research interests lie at the intersection of environmental policy and inequality. Policy analysis, environmental economics, and sustainability are also included in her research area. These research interests are mainly derived from a 12-year career at South Korea’s Ministry of Environment, especially at two research centers related to air pollution and climate change. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Seoul National University and took graduate courses in Public Administration at the same university.

Pooja Chandramohan received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with a concentration in political science from New York University’s campus in Shanghai, China. While the majority of her academic career was in Shanghai, she has also spent several semesters in New York, Buenos Aires, and Madrid. These experiences of living in various political climates and countries with histories and cultures much different from her own, have not only expanded her knowledge of international relations, comparative politics, and global policy, but have also strengthened her abilities in cross-cultural communication, problem-solving, and adaptability. She is currently a second-year student at Arizona State University’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions where she is pursuing a master’s degree in public policy. Her interests lie in international economic development and environmental policy.

Alumni of Dr. Hsueh's research team include Jessica Bass, Jacob Emnett, Elliott Harwood, Elizabeth Kuttner, Daniel Marchetto, Won No, Cassidy Schwalenberg, Jeff Suarez