Zhimin Mao

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Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in public policy and management, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in business and technology management, Clarkson University


Zhimin Mao is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. She has an M.S. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in business and technology management from Clarkson University in New York.

Her RAND experience includes 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.

Her work prior to RAND focused on energy and environmental policy. During her time at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and Environment, and at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, she worked on issues related to U.S. and China collaboration on low carbon development. While working at the Asian Development Bank, she conducted a household energy usage survey and completed a project aimed to provide affordable energy efficiency solutions for extremely poor families.

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