Hongtao Yi is associate professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University. He earned his doctorate in Public Administration and Policy from Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University in August, 2012. His research interests focus on policy process (policy tools/policy networks/policy diffusion/policy conflicts), energy policy and environmental policy.

Professor Yi is interested in the study of policy process, especially in the area of policy networks. He won the Theodore J Lowi Best Article Award from the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association for his contribution to the methodological advancement in policy network studies. Professor Yi is also known as a leading scholar in the study of green economy and green jobs, as he conducted several pioneer studies into quantitative assessment of green economy in the United States and China.

In the past five years, he published 24 peer-reviewed articles and 2 book chapters in top outlets in the field of public affairs and environmental policy, including the Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Journal, Review of Policy Research, Global Environmental Change and Energy Policy. He has served as manuscript reviewers for more than 50 peer reviewed journals in the areas of public affairs, environmental and energy policy, environmental science and engineering, regional studies, and natural science. He has served as book prospectus reviewers for Oxford University Press, Palgrave MacMillan and Elsevier Press.

He served as an international editor for Fudan Public Administration Review, and guest editor for Sustainability. He also served in the program committee for Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), Chair of the Membership Committee of Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management at ASPA, committee member of the Louis Brownlow Award Committee (ASPA), committee member of the Public Policy Poster Award Committee (APSA), and committee member of the Radin Award Committee for PMRA.

With his collaborators (Ramiro Berardo (OSU), Tanya Heikkila (CU Denver) and Chris Weible (CU Denver)), he was awarded a three-year NSF grant to study the policy conflicts embedded in the shale gas development across U.S. states.

Areas of research

  • Policy Process
  • Policy Networks
  • Policy Tools
  • Policy Innovation and Diffusion
  • Energy Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Research Methodology
Yi, Hongtao, Liming Suo, Ruowen Shen, Jiasheng Zhang, Anu Ramaswami and Richard Feiock. Forthcoming. Regional Governance and Institutional Collective Action for Environmental Sustainability.Public Administration Review, XX(X), xxx-xxx.

Yi, Hongtao, Rachel Krause and Richard Feiock. 2017. Back-pedaling or continuing quietly? Assessing the impact of ICLEI membership termination on cities’ sustainability actions. Environmental Politics, 26(1), 138-160.

Yi, Hongtao, and John T. Scholz. 2016. Policy Networks in Complex Governance Subsystems: Observing and Comparing Hyperlink, Media, and Partnership Networks. Policy Studies Journal, 44 (3):248-279. (2017 Theodore J. Lowi Policy Studies Journal Best Article Award, Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association)

Yi, Hongtao and Yuan Liu*. 2015. Green economy in China: Policy drivers and regional variations. Global Environmental Change, 31: 11-19.

Yi, Hongtao, 2013. Clean Energy Policies and Green Jobs: An Evaluation of Green Jobs in U.S. Metropolitan Areas. Energy Policy, 56: 644-652.
Professor Hongtao Yi has an article titled “Green economy in China: Regional variations and policy drivers” published in the peer-reviewed journal Global Environmental Change. In this study, Yi and his coauthor Yuan Liu, a Glenn school MPA graduate, measure clean energy economy at the city level in China, by counting green jobs and firms through an analytical approach. Spatial error model (SEM) analyses indicate that local clean energy policies, along with socio-economic factors, explain the variation in green economy across cities. This paper provides preliminary findings to compare green economy in China and United States. » Click here to read the paper.

Professor Hongtao Yi has an article published in the recent issue of Policy Studies Journal. The paper titled “Renewable Energy Politics: Policy Typologies, Policy Tools, and State Deployment of Renewables” investigates the development of renewable energy in the U.S. through the theoretical lens of policy typologies. » Click here to read more.

Professor Hongtao Yi has an article titled “Green businesses in a clean energy economy: Analyzing drivers of green business growth in U.S. states” in the peer-reviewed journal Energy. The paper looks at the factors driving the growth and survival of green businesses in the United States. Analysis reveals that the adoption of renewable energy policies, the permission of renewable energy credits imports, the stringency of minimum wage legislations, and presence of clean energy business associations are the major driving forces of the green business development in the U.S.. » Click here to read the article

Professor Hongtao Yi’s research was recently published in Energy Policy. The article is entitled “Clean energy policies and green jobs: An evaluation of green jobs in U.S. metropolitan areas”. Yi’s paper investigates whether existing state and local climate and clean energy policies have influenced the distributional patterns of green jobs in U.S. metropolitan areas using employment data in 2006. The empirical results suggest that both state clean energy policy tools and local climate actions have moderate and positive effects on the number of green jobs. »Click here to read the paper

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