Yueming ‘Lucy’ Qiu, assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, received tenured status in June, in recognition of her prodigious research and hands-on approach in the classroom.
“Since arriving at SPP three years ago, Lucy has been a favorite teacher in our graduate program,” said Dean Orr. “She has driven a cutting edge research agenda on energy economics and energy policy, environmental economics, and technology and innovation policy. This distinction, a real milestone in the career of any tenure track academic, is very well earned.”
Qiu’s main research area is the intersection of energy economics and policy. She has worked on research projects on renewable energy, energy efficiency, electricity pricing experiments and energy in the transportation sector. Qiu has authored and co-authored dozens of articles in her field and has received multiple awards and honors, including an NSF RAPID grant to analyze the impact of COVID on energy inequality among the lower socioeconomic groups which she received this month, and the prestigious Sloan Research grant which she received last year. One of her recent projects, published in Nature Communications, focused on how solar photovoltaic interventions have reduced rural poverty in China.
“I was both impressed and motivated by the intellectual rigor and high research standards demonstrated by my SPP colleagues,” said Qiu. “Being in their presence directly and positively impacted my own productivity. For this I am grateful.”
Qiu has also served as chair of the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) Selected Papers and Symposia Committee for the 2019-2020 cycle and sits on the editorial board for PLOS ONE.
Qiu received an MA and PhD from Stanford University, a BEng from Tsinghua University, and has previously served as an assistant professor in resource economics at Arizona State University.
“I eagerly look forward to future collaborations that can hopefully lead to more impactful research outputs as well as courses valuable to our students.”