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Angel Hsu

Director, Data-Driven EnviroLab; Center for Resilient Communities and Environment Scholar; Associate Professor of Public Policy and Environment, Ecology and Energy


Angel Hsu is an associate professor of public policy and the environment at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is founder/director of the Data-Driven EnviroLab, an interdisciplinary research group that applies data-driven approaches to pressing environmental issues. Her research explores the intersection of science and policy and the use of data-driven approaches to understand environmental sustainability, particularly in the areas of climate change and energy, urbanization and air quality. She was a contributing author to a 2022 report released by the National Academy of Sciences on greenhouse gas emissions information necessary for decision making, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, and was the lead author of the 2018 UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report special chapter on non-state and subnational actors. In addition to publishing in academic journals, Hsu has been committed to public outreach and was a TED 2018 Age of Amazement and 2020 Climate Countdown Speaker and recognized as a 2022 Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst and inaugural Grist 50 leader. She also regularly contributes to the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils, serving as co-chair on Fourth Industrial Revolution and Global Public Goods and as a member of the Clean Air council. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental policy from Yale University, an M. Phil. in environmental policy from the University of Cambridge, and a B.S. in biology and B.A. in political science from Wake Forest University.


Ph.D., Environmental Policy, Yale University, 2013
M.Phil., Environmental Policy, University of Cambridge, 2006
B.S., Biology, and B.A., Political Science, Wake Forest University, 2005