Portrait of Gabriel Chan
Assistant Professor
161 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
Areas of Expertise
Science and technology; sustainable development; energy and environment; climate change


Gabe Chan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) area. Gabe's research examines policies to stimulate innovation in energy technologies and mitigate global climate change in the United States, China, and internationally. Gabe's research blends economic methods and theory with a broader set of social science and technical knowledge.


PhD in Public Policy (Harvard University, 2015)

BS in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)

BS in Political Science (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)

Sun, B., Kolesnikov, S., Goldstein, A. & Chan, G. (2020). A Dynamic Approach for Identifying Technological Breakthroughs with an Application in Solar Photovoltaics, Technological Forecasting, Social Change, 165,

Matisoff, D., Beppler, Chan, G. & Carley, S. (2020). A Review of Barriers in Implementing Dynamic Electricity Pricing to Achieve Cost-Causality, Environmental Research Letters, 15,

Lenhart, S., Chan, G., Forsberg, L., Grimley, M. & Wilson, E. (2020). Municipal Utilities and Electric Cooperatives in the United States: Interpretive Frames, Strategic Actions, and Place-Specific Transitions, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 36, 17-33

Zhang, H., Qiu, Y., Chan, G., Wang, S., Zhou, D. & Ren, X. (2020). Solar Photovoltaic Interventions Have Reduced Rural Poverty in China, Nature Communications, 11(1969),

Beck, A., Chan, G., Rai, V., Grimley, M., Cornwell, J., Jones, M., Shastry, V., Kanoglu, D., Blevins, E., Matos, C., Smith, K., Lee, M. & Funkhouser, E. (2020). Scaling Community Solar in Texas: Barriers, Strategies, and Roadmap.

Chan, G., Lenhart, S., Forsberg, L., Grimley, M. & Wilson, E. (2019). Barriers and Opportunities for Distributed Energy Resources in Minnesota’s Municipal Utilities and Electric Cooperatives.

Chan, G., Morgan, J. & Streitz, R. (2019). Solar for Humanity: Nonprofit Solar Partnerships with Habitat for Humanity.

Chan, G., Forsberg, L. & Grimley, M. (20 December 2018). After Xcel Energy’s zero-carbon pledge, let’s make sure the public benefits. MinnPost:

Chan, G., Stavins, R. & Zou, J. (2018). International Climate Change Policy, Annual Review of Resource Economics, 10, 335-360

Chan, G., Grimley, M., Arnold, E., Evans, I., Herbers, J., Hoffman, M., Ihde, B., Mazumder, P., Morgan, J., Neuman, N. & Streitz, R. (2018). Community Shared Solar in Minnesota: Learning from the First 300 Megawatts.

Huenteler, J., Tang, T., Chan, G. & Diaz Anadon, L. (2018). Why Is China’s Wind Power Generation Not Living Up to Its Potential?, Environmental Research Letters, 13(4),

Chan, G. & Herbers, J. (30 January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2018). Solar tariffs more likely to cut than protect jobs. Star Tribune: