Amanda Giang

Assistant Professor, IRES
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Contact Details

AERL Building Room 434
2202 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Research Interests


Amanda Giang is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC. Her research address challenges at the interface of environmental modelling and policy through an interdisciplinary lens, with a focus on air pollution and toxic chemicals. She is interested in understanding how modelling and data analytics can better empower communities and inform policy decision-making. Current projects in her research group include developing digital tools to better understand and respond to environmental injustice in Canada, evaluating the impacts of technology and policy on air quality, and exploring how different kinds of knowledge are used in environmental assessment processes.

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Evaluating the impacts of technology and policy on long range transport of toxic pollutants
Environmental justice and air quality in Canada (with David Boyd)
Data-based environmental governance: emerging forms of data production, civic participation, and policy
Integrating case-based learning into interdisciplinary education on sustainable energy systems
Air quality co-benefits of decarbonizing maritime shipping for coastal communities


ENVR 410 Energy, Environment, and Society

Featured Publications

Angot H, Hoffman N, Giang A, Thackray CP, Hendricks AN, Urban NR, Selin NE. (2018). Global and Local Impacts of Delayed Mercury Mitigation Efforts. Environmental science & technology. 52(22):12968-77

Giang A, Song S, Muntean M, Janssens-Maenhout G, Harvey A, Berg E, Selin NE. (2018). Understanding factors influencing the detection of mercury policies in modelled Laurentian Great Lakes wet deposition. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts. 20(10):1373-89

Muntean M, Janssens-Maenhout G, Song S, Giang A, Selin NE, Zhong H, Zhao Y, Olivier JGJ, Guizzardi D, Crippa M, Schaaf E, Dentener F. (2018). Evaluating EDGARv4.tox2 speciated mercury emissions ex-post scenarios and their impacts on modelled global and regional wet deposition patterns. Atmospheric Environment. 184: 56-58.

Kwon SY, Selin NE, Giang A, Karplus VJ, Zhang D. (2018). Present and Future Mercury Concentrations in Chinese Rice: Insights from Modeling. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 32: 437-462.

Perlinger JA, Urban NR, Giang A, Selin NE, Hendricks AN, Zhang H, Kumar A, Wu S, Gagnon VS, Gorman HS, Norman ES. (2018). Responses of deposition and bioaccumulation in the Great Lakes region to policy and other large-scale drivers of mercury emissions. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts. 20(1): 195-209.

Stokes LC, Giang A, Selin NE. (2016). Splitting the South: China and India’s divergence in international environmental negotiations. Global Environmental Politics. 16(4): 12-31

Wolfe PJ, Giang A, Ashok A, Selin NE, Barrett SRH. (2016). Costs of IQ loss from leaded aviation gasoline emissions. Environmental Science & Technology. 50(17):9026-9033.

Song S, Selin NE, Gratz LE, Ambrose JL, Jaffe DA, Shah V, Jeaglé L, Giang A, Yuan B, Kaser L, Apel EC. (2016). Constraints from observations and modeling on atmosphere-surface exchange of mercury in eastern North America. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. 4(1):000100.

Giang A, Sein NE. (2016). Benefits of mercury controls for the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113(2):286-291.

Giang A, Stokes LC, Streets DG, Corbitt ES, Selin NE. (2015). Impacts of the Minamata Convention on mercury emissions and global deposition from coal-fired power generation in Asia. Environmental Science & Technology. 49(9):5326-5335.