Cooperating for the Climate: Learning from International Partnerships in China’s Clean Energy Sector

Oct 2, 2023, 12:15 pm1:15 pm
300 Wallace Hall
In-person attendance for Princeton University ID holders (no RSVP req); Other guests RSVP to [email protected]; Livestream on MediaCentral



Event Description

Joanna Lewis will present findings from her new book Cooperating for the Climate: Learning from International Partnerships in China's Clean Energy SectorDrawing on decades of work in clean energy technology and climate policy and hundreds of interviews with policymakers, companies, and researchers, Cooperating for the Climate is the first comprehensive analysis of international clean energy partnerships with China. In her talk, Lewis will discuss the motivations, science, and politics behind international clean energy technology collaboration with China, and why different clean energy partnerships result in different political and technological outcomes. Lewis will also discuss the implications of her research for understanding China’s climate trajectory and the U.S.-China relationship.




Joanna Lewis is Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of Energy and Environment and Director of the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program (STIA) at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She has over two decades of experience working on international climate and clean energy policy with a focus on China. At Georgetown she runs the Clean Energy and Climate Research Group and leads several dialogues facilitating U.S.-China climate change engagement. Lewis is also a faculty affiliate in the China Energy Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her new book, Cooperating for the Climate: Learning from International Partnerships in China’s Clean Energy Sector was recently released by MIT Press. She is also the author of the award-winning book Green Innovation in China, and was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report. Lewis has worked for a number of governmental and non-governmental organizations including the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, the Asia Society and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and has been a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the East-West Center. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Center for Security and Emerging Technologies, among others. Lewis holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.


  • Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment
  • High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
  • Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China