Florida State University

Sustainability and Governance Lab

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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The Sustainability and Governance Lab is an interdisciplinary research hub that investigates the planning, adoption, implementation, and effectiveness of policies and programs that promote sustainable development. Our ongoing research programs include: 1) Clean Energy Innovation and Policy, 2) Climate Change and Disaster Resilience, 3) Economic Development, 4) Land Use Policy, and 5) Smart Cities and Digital Governance.

Our research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, The Solar Foundation, Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, and the American Institute for Economic Research. We are also collaborating with our community partners at all levels to develop strategies that improve the environmental health, social equity, and economic vitality of our community.


04/21/2022: Yixin Liu successfully defended his dissertation and will start his postdoc in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs this summer. Congratulations, Dr. Liu!

03/08/2022: Our paper “Encouraging voluntary government action via a solar-friendly designation program to promote solar energy in the United States” has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This article reports the results of a national evaluation we did for The Solar Foundation’s SolSmart Program.

03/01/2022: We launched our interdisciplinary research project: “Developing A Platform to Incorporate Net-Zero Targets in Upgrading Infrastructure Resilience in the Florida Panhandle”. The project is sponsored by the FSU Collaborative Collision Program (Award: $25,000; PI: Dr. Tian Tang).

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Mailing Address

Sustainability and Governance Lab

P.O. Box 3062160

113 Collegiate Loop
Tallahassee, Florida 32306