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Alex Lo

Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand
Email alex.lo [at] vuw [period/dot] ac.nz

Alex Lo is Senior Lecturer in Climate Change and Programme Director, Masters of Climate Change Science and Policy at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is an environmental social scientist specializing in the study of public and policy response to climate change mitigation and adaptation. He is recipient of the World Social Science Fellowship, Endeavour Research Fellowship, Universitas 21 Fellowship. Pete Hay Environmental Politics Prize, Li Ka Shing Prize. He received his PhD from the Australian National University in 2011.

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Publications

Pickering, J., Hickmann, T., Bäckstrand, K., Kalfagianni, A., Bloomfield, M., Mert, A., Ransan-Cooper, H., & Lo, A. Y. (2022). “Democratising sustainability transformations: Assessing the transformative potential of democratic practices in environmental governance.” Earth System Governance, 11, 100131.

Lo, A.Y., Liu, S., Chow, A.S.Y, Pei, Q., Cheung, L. T.O. and Fok, L. (2021) “In government we trust? Micro-business adaptation to climate change in four post-colonial and transitional economies of China.” Global Environmental Change, 69, 102305.

Ma, A.T.H., G.K.L Wong, L.T.O., Cheung, A.Y. Lo, and C.Y. Jim (2021) “Climate change perception and adaptation of residents in Hong Kong.” Journal of Cleaner Production, 288, 125123.

Lo, A.Y., Liu, S., Chow, A.S.Y, Pei, Q., Cheung, L. T.O. and Fok, L. (2021) “Business vulnerability assessment: A firm-level analysis of micro and small businesses in China.” Natural Hazards, 108, p. 867–890.

Cong, R. A.Y. Lo, and W. Yu (2021) “The distribution and regional determinants of nationally financed emissions-reduction projects in China.” Energy Policy, 152, 112215.

Chen, K. and A.Y. Lo (2021) “Local Climate Change Governance in China: An Analysis of Social Network and Cross-sector Collaboration in Capacity Development.” Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 23 (1), p.48-65.

Lo, A.Y., Liu, S., Cheung, L. T.O. and Chan, F.K.S. (2020) “Contested Transformations: Sustainable Economic Development and Capacity for Adapting to Climate Change.” Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 110, (1), p.223-241

Lo, A.Y., Chen, K., Lee, A.K.-y. and Mai, L.Q. (2020) “The neoliberal policy experimentation on carbon emission trading in China.” Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 38(1), p. 153-173.

Lo, A. Y. and Chen, K. (2020). “Business participation in the development of a Chinese emission trading scheme.” Energy Policy, 140, 111432.

Lo, A.Y., Chow, A.S.Y, Liu, S. and Cheung, L. T.O. (2019) “Community business resilience: Adaptation practice of micro- and small enterprises around the Pearl River Estuary.” Climatic Change, 157 (3-4), p. 565-585

Lo, A.Y., Liu, S. and Cheung, L. T.O. (2019) “Socio-economic conditions and small business vulnerability to climate change impacts in Hong Kong.” Climate and Development, 11 (10), p. 930-942

Lo, A. Y. and Chen, K. (2019). “Policy selection of knowledge: The changing network of experts in the development of an emission trading scheme.” Geoforum, 106, p. 1-12.

Setiadi, R. and Lo, A.Y., (2019) “Does policy research really matter for local climate change policies?” Urban Policy and Research, 37(1), p. 111-124

Lo, A.Y., Mai, L.Q., Lee, A.K.-y., Francesch-Huidobro, M., Pei, Q., Cong, R., Chen, K., (2018) “Towards network governance? The case of emission trading in Guangdong, China.” Land Use Policy, 75, p. 538-548.

He, L., Aitchison, J., Hussey, K,, Lo, A.Y., Wei, Y. (2018) “Accumulation of vulnerabilities in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake: Household displacement, livelihood changes and recovery challenges.” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 31, p. 68-75.

Mah, D. N. Y., Wang, G, Lo, K., Leung, M. K. H., Hills, P. and Lo, A. Y. (2018) “Barriers and policy enablers for solar PV in cities: Perspectives of potential adopters in Hong Kong.” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 92, p. 921-936.

Lo, A.Y. and Liu, S. (2018) “Towards sustainable consumption: A socio-economic analysis of household waste recycling outcomes in Hong Kong.” Journal of Environmental Management, 214, p.416-425.

Lo, K., Mah, D. N. Y., Wang, G, Leung, M. K. H., Lo, A. Y. and Hills, P. (2018) “Barriers to adopting solar photovoltaic systems in Hong Kong. Energy and Environment.” 29 (5), p. 649-663

Liu, Shuwen, Cheung, L. T.O., Lo, A.Y., Fang, W. (2018) “Livelihood benefits from post-earthquake nature-based tourism development: A survey of local residents in rural China.” Sustainability, 10(3), 699.

Chris, A., Byrne, J., Matthews, T., Davison, A., Portanger, C., and Lo, A.Y. (2017) “Cultivating climate justice: Green infrastructure and suburban disadvantage in Australia.” Applied Geography, 89, p. 52-60.

Lo, A.Y. and Cong, R. (2017) “After CDM: domestic carbon offsetting in China.” Journal of Cleaner Production. 141, p. 1391-1399.

Cong, R. and Lo, A.Y. (2017) “Emission Trading and Carbon Market Performance in Shenzhen, China.” Applied Energy 193, p. 414-425.

Vargas, A., Lo, A.Y., Howes, M., and Rohde, N. (2017) “Social influences on expressed willingness to pay: results of a deliberative monetary valuation study in Colombia.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 60(9), p. 1511-1528.

Cheung, L.T.O., Lo, A.Y. and Fok, L. (2017) “Recreational specialization and ecologically responsible behaviour of Chinese birdwatchers.” Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 25(6), p. 817-831.

Lo, A.Y., and Francesch-Huidobro, M. (2017) “Governing Climate Change in Hong Kong: Prospects for market mechanisms in the context of emission trading in China.” Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 58(3), p. 379-387.

Lo, A.Y. and Chan, F.K.S. (2017) “Preparing for Flooding in England and Wales: The Role of Risk Perception and the Social Context in Driving Individual Action.” Natural Hazards, 88(1), p. 367-387.

Lo, A.Y., Byrne, J.A., and Jim, C.Y. (2017) “How climate change perception is reshaping attitudes towards the functional benefits of urban greenery: Lessons from Hong Kong.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 23, 74-83.

Vargas, A., Lo, A.Y., Howes, M., and Rohde, N. (2017) “The Problem of Inclusion in Deliberative Environmental Valuation.” Environmental Values, 26, p. 157-176.

Lo, A.Y. and Cheung, L.T.O. (2016) “Geographies of social capital: Catastrophe experience, risk perception, and the transformation of social space in post-earthquake re-settlements in Sichuan, China.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 106(4), p. 874-890.

Lo, A.Y. (2016) “Small is green? Urban form and sustainable consumption in selected OECD metropolitan areas.” Land Use Policy, 54, p. 212-220.

Lo, A.Y. (2016) “National Income and Environmental Concern: Observations from 35 countries.” Public Understanding of Science, 25(7), p. 873-890.

Lo, A.Y., Cheung LTO, Lee, A., Xu, B. (2016) “Confidence and trust in public institution natural hazards management: Case studies in urban and rural China.” The Professional Geographer, 68 (3), 475-484.

Lo, A.Y. (2016) “Public Support for Environmental Organizations in BRIC Countries.” The Geographical Journal, 182(4), p.438-443.

Byrne, J., Ambrey, C., Portanger, C., Lo, A.Y., Matthews, T., Baker, D., and Davison, A. (2016) “Could urban greening mitigate suburban thermal inequity? Role of residents’ dispositions and household practices.” Environmental Research Letters. 11 (9), 095014. *Selected by editors for the Monthly Highlights Selections October 2016.

Lo, A.Y., Xu, B., Chan, F.K.S, and Su, R. (2016) “Household economic resilience to catastrophic rainstorms and flooding in a Chinese megacity.” Geographical Research, 54(4), p.406-419.

Vargas, A., Lo, A.Y., Rohde, N., and Howes, M. (2016) “Background inequality and differential participation in deliberative valuation: Lessons from small-group discussions on forest conservation in Colombia.” Ecological Economics, 129, p. 104-111

Rupprecht, C., Byrne, J.A., Lo, A.Y. (2016) “Memories of vacant lots: How and why residents used informal urban greenspace as children and teenagers in Brisbane, Australia and Sapporo, Japan.” Children’s Geographies, 14(3), p. 340-355.

Lo, A.Y. (2016) “Public discourses of climate change in Hong Kong.” Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 18(1), p. 27-46.

Lo, A.Y. (2016) “Challenges to the Development of Carbon Markets in China.” Climate Policy. 16(1), p. 109-124. *Selected by editors for Climate Strategies 2015 Edition.

Lo, A.Y., Xu, B., Chan, F.K.S, and Su, R. (2015) “Social Capital and Community Preparation for Urban Flooding in China.” Applied Geography, 64, p.1-11.

Lo, A.Y. (2015) “National Development and Carbon Trading: The Symbolism of Chinese Climate Capitalism Eurasian Geography and Economics.” 56(2), p. 111-126.

Lo, A.Y. and Cheung, L.T.O. (2015) “Seismic risk perception in the aftermath of Wenchuan earthquakes in southwestern China.” Natural Hazards, 78(3), p. 1979-1996.

Rupprecht, C., Byrne, J.A., Ueda, H., and Lo, A.Y. (2015) “‘It’s real, not fake like a park’: Residents’ perception and use of informal urban green-space in Brisbane, Australia and Sapporo, Japan.” Landscape and Urban Planning, 143, p.205-218.

Lo, A.Y. and Yu, X. (2015) “Climate for Business: Opportunities for Financial Institutions and Sustainable Development in the Chinese Carbon Market.” Sustainable Development, 23(6), p. 369-380.

Lo, A.Y. (2015) “Political Ambiguity in the Chinese Climate Change Discourses.” Environmental Values, 24(6), p. 755-776.

Lo, A.Y. and Jim, C.Y. (2015) “Come rain or shine? Public expectation on local weather changes and differential effects on climate change attitude.” Public Understanding of Science, 24, p. 928-942.

Lo, A.Y. and Chow, A.T. (2015) “The Relationship between Climate Change Concern and National Wealth.” Climatic Change, 131(2), p. 335-348. *Featured in Nature Climate Change Vol. 5, May 2015.

Jim, C.Y., Lo, A.Y. and Byrne, J.A. (2015) “Charting the Green and Climate-Adaptive City.” Landscape and Urban Planning, 138, p. 51-53.

Matthews, T., Lo, A.Y., and Byrne, J.A. (2015) “Reconceptualizing green infrastructure for climate change adaptation: Barriers to adoption and drivers for uptake by spatial planners.” Landscape and Urban Planning, 138, p. 155-163.

Byrne, J.A., Lo, A.Y., and Yang, J. (2015) “Residents understanding of the role of green infrastructure for climate change adaptation in Hangzhou, China.” Landscape and Urban Planning, 138, p. 132-143.

Chai, A., Bradley, G., Lo, A.Y. and Reser, J. (2015) “What time to adapt? How discretionary time contributes to the value-action gap.” Ecological Economics, 116, p.95-107.

Lo, A.Y. and Jim, C.Y. (2015) “Protest Response and Willingness to Pay for Culturally Significant Urban Trees: Implications for Contingent Valuation Method.” Ecological Economics, 114, p.58-66.

Dryzek J.S. and Lo, A. Y. (2015) “Reason and rhetoric in climate communication.” Environmental Politics, 24(1), p.1-16

Lo, A.Y. and Howes, M. (2015) “Power and Carbon Sovereignty of a Non-Traditional Capitalist State: The Carbon Trading Discourse of China.” Global Environmental Politics 15(1) p. 60-82

Yu, X. and Lo, A. Y. (2015) “Carbon Finance and the Carbon Market in China.” Nature Climate Change, 5, p.15-16

Lo, A.Y. and C.Y. Jim (2015) “Community Attachment and Resident Attitude toward Old Masonry Walls and Associated Trees in Urban Hong Kong.” Cities 42, p.130-141

Lo, A. Y. (2014) “The Right to Doubt: Climate Change Scepticism and Asserted Rights to Private Property.” Environmental Politics, 23(4), p. 549-569

Lo, A.Y. (2014) “Negative income effect on perception of long-term environmental risk.” Ecological Economics, 107, p. 51-58

Xie, X.L., Lo, A.Y., Zheng, Y., Pan, J., and Luo, J. (2014) “Generic Security Concern Influencing Individual Response to Natural Hazards: Evidence from Shanghai, China.” Area, 46(2), p. 194-202

Lo, A. Y. (2014) “More or Less Pluralistic? A Typology of the Remedial and Alternative Perspectives on Monetary Valuation of the Environment.” Environmental Values, 23(3), p. 253-274

Lo, A. Y. (2013) “The Role of Perceived Social Norms in Climate Adaptation: Mediating Risk Perception and Flood Insurance Purchase.” Global Environmental Change 23(5), p. 1249-1257

Lo, A. Y. (2013) “The likelihood of having flood insurance increases with social expectations.” Area, 45(1), p. 70-76

Lo, A.Y. and Howes, M. (2013) “Powered by the State or Finance? The Organization of China’s Carbon Markets.” Eurasian Geography and Economics, 54(4), p. 386-408

Lo, A.Y., Alexander K.S., Proctor, W. and Ryan A. (2013) “Reciprocity as deliberative capacity: Lessons from a citizens deliberation on carbon pricing mechanisms in Australia.” Environment and Planning C: Government & Policy, 31(3), p. 444-459

Lo, A. Y. and Spash, C. L. (2013) “Deliberative Monetary Valuation: In search of a Democratic and Value Plural Approach to Environmental Policy.” Journal of Economic Surveys, 27(4) p. 768-789

Lo, A. Y. (2013) “‘Carbon trading in a socialist market economy: Can China make a difference?’” Ecological Economics, 87, p. 72-74

Lo, A. Y. (2013) “Agreeing to pay under value disagreement: Reconceptualising preference transformation in terms of pluralism with evidence from small-group deliberations on climate change.” Ecological Economics, 87, p. 84-94

Lo, A. Y. (2013) “Household preference and financial commitment to flood insurance in South East Queensland.” Australian Economic Review, 46(2), p.160-175

Lo, A. Y. (2013) “The Political Economy of Carbon Tax: International Practice and the Australian Model.” Chinese Journal of Urban and Environmental Studies, 1(1), 15 pages.

Lo, A. Y. (2012) “The encroachment of value pragmatism on pluralism: The practice of the valuation of urban green space using stated-preference approach.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 36(1), p. 121-135.

Lo, A.Y. and Jim, C.Y. (2012) “Citizen attitude and expectation towards greenspace provision in compact urban milieu.” Land Use Policy, 29, p. 577-586.

Lo, A. Y., Chow, A. T. and Cheung, S. M. (2012) “Significance of Perceived Social Expectation and Implications to Conservation Education: Turtle Conservation as a Case Study.” Environmental Management, 50(5), p. 900-913

Spash, C. L. and Lo, A. Y. (2012) “Australia’s carbon tax: A sheep in wolf’s clothing?” Economic and Labour Relations Review, 23(1), p. 67-86

Lo, A. Y. and Spash, C. L. (2012) “How Green is your scheme? Greenhouse gas control the Australian way.” Energy Policy, 50, p. 150-153

Lo, A. Y. (2012) “‘Carbon Emission Trading in China.'” Nature Climate Change, 2(11), p. 765-766

Lo, A. Y. (2011) “Analysis and democracy: The antecedents of the deliberative approach of ecosystems valuation.” Environment and Planning C: Government & Policy. 29 (6), p. 958 – 974.

Lo, A. Y. and Jim, C. Y. (2010) “Willingness of residents to pay and motives for conservation of urban green spaces in the compact city of Hong Kong.” Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 9, p. 113-120.

Lo, A. Y. (2010) “Active conflict or passive coherence: The political economy of climate change in China.” Environmental Politics.19 (6), p. 1012-1017

Lo, A. Y. and Jim, C. Y. (2010) “Differential community effects on perception and use of urban greenspaces.” Cities. 27 (6), p. 430-442

Lo, A. Y. (2010) “China’s Response to Climate Change.” Environmental Science and Technology. 44 (15), p. 5689-5690

Lo, A. Y. (2008) “Achieving environmental goals in a competitive electricity market? Post-colonial Hong Kong, public choice and the role of government.” Energy and Environment, 19(7), p. 958-978

Lo, A. Y. (2008) “Merging electricity and environment politics of Hong Kong: Identifying the barriers from the ways that sustainability is defined.” Energy Policy, 36(4), p. 1521-1537