Zhimin Mao

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Adjunct Policy Analyst
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in public policy and management, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in business and technology management, Clarkson University


Zhimin Mao is an adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation and a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Her RAND experience includes interdisciplinary research on decision making under deep uncertainty, energy and climate change policy, and international development. Example projects include two World Bank-funded projects: one to enhance the climate resilience of Africa's energy and water infrastructure, and the other to help Ho Chi Minh City evaluate its flood control plan in the face of global climate change. Other research experience includes analyzing technical and economic tradeoffs of various plant configurations of concentrated solar power in India for investors and policy makers; development of an indicator system that evaluates country's Food-Energy-Water security index; as well as several projects related to China's urban development, natural resources, and environment governance challenges.

Prior to RAND, she has work experiences at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Asian Development Bank, and the Heinz Center.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Post-doctoral Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Recent Projects

  • Assessment of the Master Plan for Jinan City Water Resources Management and Recommendations for Enhancements
  • Quality of Life Indicators & Policy Options Greater Pearl River Delta
  • Roadmapping and Policy Assessment for SERIIUS
  • Enhancing Climate Resilience of Africa's Infrastructure
  • Testing the Scenario Hypothesis: The Effect of Alternative Characterizations

Selected Publications

Stephan Vachon, Zhimin Mao, "Linking supply chain strength to sustainable development: a country-level analysis," Journal of Cleaner Production, 16(15):1552-1560, 2008

Honors & Awards

  • Cazier Dissertation Award in Sustainability, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Peccei Award, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis