Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee was one of three panelists who presented, “How many light bulbs does it take to change China?” at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum on Oct. 3. The panel discussed China’s extensive measures to improve air quality by capping coal consumption and better regulating pollution emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Magee, a China geographer with expertise in water and energy in China, explored radical end-use efficiency and large-scale hydropower as two options for addressing electricity production and carbon reduction needs in China.
A PDF of his presentation and a webcast of the event are available online.
Magee earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, along with a B.A. in French and B.S. in mathematics from Louisiana State University. His doctoral dissertation was titled “New Energy Geographies: Powershed Politics and Hydropower Decision Making in Yunnan, China.” He has authored a number of articles on China’s water and energy, the most recent of which is “Salience and magnitude of dam impacts in small and large hydrodevelopment scenarios in China,” which appeared in the journal Water Alternatives. In 2011, he was selected as one of 20 Public Intellectuals Program Fellows by the National Committee on United States-China Relations.