Geography 2050

Dr. Sonia Yeh

Chalmers University of Technology

Dr. Yeh is a Professor of Transport and Energy Systems in the Department of Space, Earth and Environment at Chalmers University of Technology. In 2011, she became co-director of the National Law Carbon Fuel Standard Project to work on the policy impacts and implementation of a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard for the United States. She was appointed as Adlerbertska visiting professor at Chalmers University of Technology in 2015, where she later served as Fulbright Distinguished Chair Professor in Alternative Energy Technology until 2017. Between 2007 and 2014, she co-led a large collaborative team from the University of California Davis and University of California Berkeley advising the U.S. states California and Oregon, and British Columbia, Canada on carbon policy. Dr. Yeh received the Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Research by the UC Davis in 2014. Dr. Yeh’s research mainly focuses on transitions towards a sustainable future and the energy, resource, technology, environment, and policy challenges associated with these transitions. She is published in over 40 journals regarding renewable energy related public policy, and has organized 5 conferences on topics such as climate policy, low carbon fuel policy, and transportation energy modeling. In her career at UC Davis, she helped design and implement a market-based carbon policy (Low Carbon Fuel Standard) and Clean Fuel Standard targeting greenhouse gas emissions reductions from the transport sector. She was also a guest editor for a special issue on Low Carbon Fuel Policy in Energy Policy (2013), and has been an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Energy Systems and Policy since 2013. She serves in several committees, the most recent ones include Evaluation Advisory Committee for California Energy Commission Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (2015-2016), Steering Committee for University of Michigan Transportation, Energy, Economics and the Environment (2015), and the Transportation Energy Committee and Energy and Alternative Fuels Committee for National Academies’ Transportation Research Board (2007-2008). Dr. Yeh graduated from Tunghai University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science in 1995. She also earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Health from Harvard School of Public Health in 1997; and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001.