The University of Hong Kong, Journalism & Politics and Public Administration (Bachelor of Journalism, First Class Honours)
Graduate Institution and Major:
The University of Hong Kong, Politics and Public Administration (MPhil)
My research interests include behavioral experiments, machine learning, policy process, and political economy in environmental and energy policy studies. My dissertation projects focus on the design and responsiveness of energy policies. I employ survey experiments to investigate how information framing and psychological interventions affect household energy-efficiency investments and behaviors, and how energy poverty comes into play. I also use machine learning techniques to examine how legislative policymaking responds to media discourse around energy development issues. I have been a part of a research project funded by the National Science Foundation that studies shale gas policy conflicts in the U.S.I hold a graduate minor in statistics at the M.S. level and a graduate minor in microeconomics at the Ph.D. level. My teaching experience spans policy analysis, research methods, data analytics, and political analysis.
Chen, C., Heikkila, T., Weible, C. M., Berardo, R., Yi, H., Yordy, J., & Kagan, J. Policy Composition and Adoption Duration: Capturing Conflicts in the Legislative Process. [Conditionally accepted. Policy Studies Journal]
Yi, H., Chen, C. A Vacancy Chain Model of Local Managers’ Career Advancement. [Conditionally accepted. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory]
Berardo, R., Holm, F., Heikkila, T., Weible, C. M., Yi, H., Kagan, J., Chen, C., & Yordy, J. (2020). Hydraulic fracturing and political conflict: News media coverage of topics and themes across nine states. Energy Research & Social Science, 70, 101660.
Weible, C. M., Yordy, J., Heikkila, T., Yi, H., Berardo, R., Kagan, J., & Chen, C. (2020). Portraying the Structure and Evolution of Polycentricity via Policymaking Venues. International Journal of the Commons, 14(1).
Revise and Resubmit:
Yi, H., Chen, C., Holm, F., Heikkila, T.,Weible, C. M., Kagan, J., & Berardo, R. The Ebb and Flow of Conflicts and Concords: A 15-State, 10-Year Study of ‘Fracking’ Policy Issues. [Revise and resubmit. Policy Studies Journal]
Weible, C. M., Heikkila, T., Jill Yordy, Yi, H., Berardo, R., Kagan, J., Holm, F., & Chen, C. Measuring Policy Conflict and Concord. [Revise and resubmit. Society & Natural Resources].
Chen, C., Moulton, S., Loibl, C., & Yi, H. Filling the Energy Efficiency Gap with Loss Aversion.
Chen, C., Loibl, C., Moulton, S., Whitmarsh, L., & Yi, H. ‘Self-Affirmed for Energy Efficiency: Intentions and Actions to Change Behavior.”
Chen, C. The Grammar of Fracking: MediaAttention and PolicyResponsiveness.
Weible, C. M., Chen, C., & Heikkila, T. Analyzing Policy Formulation by Comparing Proposed and Final Public Policies.
ENGIE-Axium Sustainability Grant (Principal Investigator, $5,000) 2021, OSU
Alumni Grants for Graduate Research (Principal Investigator, $5,000) 2020, OSU
Decision Sciences Collaborative Grant (Principal Investigator, $3,000) 2020, OSU
Glenn College Doctoral Student Conference/Travel Grant ($1,000) 2019 & 2020, OSU
Sustainability Institute Grant (Principal Investigator, $5,000) 2020, OSU
Fisher Leadership Initiative Grant (Co-Investigator, $3,500) 2018, OSU
American Political Science Association Travel Grant ($500) 2017, APSA
Faculty Grant for International Learning Experience ($2,600) 2017, HKU
University & Department Conference Travel Grant ($2,700)
Honors, Fellowships & Scholarships:
College nominee for the Presidential Fellowship, 2021-2022, OSU
EITM Fellowship 2021, NSF
University Graduate Fellowship, 2018 - 2019, OSU
Department nominee for the Li Ka Shing Prizes, 2019, HKU
South China Morning Post Journalism Scholarship, 2013 - 2015, HKU
C. V. Starr Scholarship, 2013 - 2014, HKU
Outstanding Mainland Chinese Student Scholarship (full-tuition), 2012 - 2015, HKU
“Interest in Weatherization Programs across the United States.” Annual International Conference of Royal Geographical Society (September 2021).
“Filling the Energy Efficiency Gap with Loss Aversion.” The 7th Annual Environmental Politics and Governance Conference (June 2021).
“A Vacancy Chain Model of Local Managers’ Career Advancement.” Conference of International Research Society for Public Management (April 2021).
“Filling the Energy Efficiency Gap with Loss Aversion.” The 78th Annual Conference of Midwest Political Science Association (April 2021).
“A Bumpy Road for Bills to Pass? The Legislative Process of Hydraulic Fracturing Policies in Fifteen U.S. States." Conference of Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (November 2020).
“Portraying Policentricity via Public Policies." Conference of Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (November 2019).
“A Comparison of News Media Coverage of Hydraulic Fracturing Across the US." The Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association (September 2019).
“The Ebb and Flow of Conflicts and Concords: A 15-State, 10-Year Study of `Fracking' Policy Issues." The 77th Annual Conference of Midwest Political Science Association (April 2019).
"Government-led Collaborative Actions under China's Environmental Authoritarianism: A comparative study of two lake watersheds in Southwestern China," Midwest Political Science Association Conference (April 2017).
"Government-led Collaborative Actions under China's Environmental Authoritarianism: A comparative study of two lake watersheds in Southwestern China," Political Studies Association Conference (April 2017).
"Government-led Collaborative Actions under China's Environmental Authoritarianism," American Political Science Association Conference (September 2017).
Graduate Research Assistant. John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University (2019-2021).
Undergraduate Research Assistant. Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong (2014-2015).
Teaching Assistant & Guest Lecturer (Autumn 2020), Instructor (Spring 2021): PUBAFRS 3000 Public Policy Analysis (UG). The Ohio State University.
Tutorial Leader & Teaching Assistant (Spring 2016 – Spring 2018): POLI 2104 Research Methods in Politics and Public Administration, POLI 2108 Introduction to Public Administration, POLI 3080 Global Political Economy, POLI 3031 Politics of Economic Reform in China, POLI 3034 Public Administration in China. The University of Hong Kong.
Treasurer, Glenn College Doctoral Student Organization (2019 – 2020)
Doctoral Student Representative, Glenn College Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2019 – 2020)
Environmental Policy and Governance
Public Administration Review
Relevant Professional Experience:
Intern Business & Financial Journalist, Bloomberg News, Hong Kong (2015)
Intern Business & Financial News Editor, The News Lens, Hong Kong (2014 - 2015)
Intern Business & Financial Journalist, Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong (2014)
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.