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Melissa LOW 

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Research Highlights

Melissa Low joined the Energy Studies Institute in September 2010. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Climate Change Law and Policy (with distinction) from the University of Strathclyde and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the National University of Singapore. For her NUS Master thesis on past and contemporary proposals on equity and differentiation in shaping the 2015 climate agreement, Melissa was awarded the Shell Best Dissertation Award 2013. She received her Bachelor of Social Sciences in Geography degree (with Honors) and a minor in Urban Studies from the National University of Singapore in 2010.

Melissa has participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) talks since December 2009 and is the Designated Contact Point for NUS’s accreditation to the UNFCCC. Her current research areas are on the implications of the Paris Agreement and countries’ progress in meeting their climate pledges. 

Melissa recently served as PhD Student Programme Chair for the 40th International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE) Conference  held in Singapore from 18-21 June 2017.

LinkedIn Profile: http://sg.linkedin.com/in/melllow

  • Climate change negotiations and implications for energy policy
  • Input-output analysis and emissions inventory studies
  • Electricity market reforms and liberalization
  • Rare earth materials for renewable energy technologies
ESI Policy Briefs

Melissa Low, “2018 as Singapore’s Year of Climate Action”ESI Policy Brief 21, 29 January 2018

Melissa Low and Jonathan Ren “Climate Transparency among Southeast Asian Countries: Developments since COP16,  ESI Policy Brief 19, 18 July 2017

Melissa Low and Su Bin, “Singapore’s Drive towards Energy Efficiency: Policies for a Low Carbon Future”, ESI Policy Brief 18, 30 May 2017

Melissa Low and Rajesh Rangarajan, “Post-Paris COP21: ‘Facilitative Sharing of Views', Transparency and Climate Action in Southeast Asia”, ESI Policy Brief 14, 22 September 2016

Melissa Low, Gautam Jindal,  Ho Juay Choy, “The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement: Key Elements and Implications for Singapore”, ESI Policy Brief 10, 12 January 2016

Ho Juay Choy, Gautam Jindal, Melissa Low, “Singapore’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution for COP21 Climate Conference in Paris”, ESI Policy Brief 7, 17 September 2015

Melissa Low and Adele Elise Chague, “COP21 Climate Change Conference: Will Paris Succeed Where Copenhagen Failed?”, ESI Policy Brief 6, 21 April 2015.

Melissa Low, “Compliance for Intended Nationally Determined Contributions in the 2015 Climate Change Agreement”, ESI Policy Brief 3, 12 November 2014.


Melissa Lowand Su Bin, Energy Efficiency Policy for Sustainable Economic Growth in Singapore, in Khasru, S. M. (ed) Energy Efficiency: Prevalent Practices & Policy Perspectives, 1st ed. Vol. 1,The Institute for Policy, Advocacy, and Governance (IPAG), Dhaka, March 2017

Melissa Low and Lim Lei Theng, “Past and Contemporary Proposals on Differentiation and Equity: Shaping the 2015 Climate Agreement” in Lin-Heng Lye, Victor R Savage, Harn-Wei Kua, Loke-Ming Chou, Puay-Yok Tan, eds. Sustainability Matters: Environmental and Climate Changes in the Asia-Pacific (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, Oct 2015). pp. 503 – 528.

Guy C. K. Leung, Raymond Li, and Melissa Low, “Transitions in China’s Oil Economy, 1990-2010”, Journal of Eurasian Geography and Economics, Vol. 52, No. 4, pp. 483-501, Jul. 2011. [Now required reading for the graduate course "Econ 497 Economics of Energy and Energy Security" at the Department of Economics at The Pennsylvania State University (Fall 2011), http://econ.la.psu.edu/syllabi/Econ497syllabusFA11_Ickes.pdf.]

Heinzle, S. L., Boey, A. Y. Y., and Low, M. Y. X. (2013) The Influence of Green Building Certification Schemes on Real Estate Investor Behavior: Evidence from SingaporeUrban Studies, published online 18 March 2013

Su, B., Ang, B. W. and Low, M. (2013) Input-Output analysis of CO2 emissions embodied in trade and the driving forces: Processing and normal exports, Ecological Economics 88, pp. 119-125.

Melissa Low and Allan Loi, Assessment of ASEAN BAU-Emissions Reduction Targets: How Do They Measure Up?, International Conference on Applied Energy, Energy Procedia, 61(2014): 488-491.

Recent Commentaries

Melissa Low, “New Carbon Tax – Challenges ahead in implementation”Today, 28 February 2018

Allan Loi and Melissa Low, “Commentary: Carbon tax a conscientious approach for a sustainable future”Channel NewsAsia, 1 March 2018

Melissa Low and Goh Tian, “Why have we been so slow in slashing electricity-linked emissions?”Eco-Business.com, 12 January 2018

Melissa Low, 
“The one item to pay attention to at COP23”Eco-Business.com, 27 October 2017

Melissa Low, "Challenges in Implementing Climate Adaptation Law: the Singapore Approach", Asia-Pacific Center for Environmental Law (APCEL) Climate Change Adaptation Platform, 22 March 2017

Gautam Jindal, Melissa Low, "A monumental year for climate change" , The Business Times, 21 December 2016

Melissa Low, “Why the Paris Agreement’s early entry into force is crucial”, Today, 27 September 2016

Christopher Len and Melissa Low, “Maritime Disputes”, The Cipher Brief, 2 December 2015

Melissa Low, "Many Smart Cities, One Smart Nation – Singapore’s Smart Nation Vision", Society for Computers and Law (Computers & Law Magazine), 15 June 2015.

Melissa Low, "What legal form for the future international climate regime?"Eco-Business.com, 8 September 2014.

Melissa Low, Abhishek Rohatgi and Shiva Susarla, “Myanmar’s energy sector: Poised for boom?”, SIEW 2013, 28 Aug 2013.

Melissa Low, “What to expect of the Durban Platform in Warsaw”, Eco-Business.com, 10 Jul. 2013. 

Melissa LowLife in the 450ppm WorldEnvision Issue 4, May/June 2013, National Environment Agency, pp. 5-9

Melissa Low, With a climate regime crumbling, could a solution be in Asia?, Eco-Business.com, 23 April 2013

Melissa Low, Losing Canada, Japan and Russia in the climate regime: Could the solution be in Asia?, Singapore International Energy Week Perspectives, 11 April 2013.

Melissa Low,Looking back: How was Doha different and what’s next?”, Eco-Business.com, 10 Jan. 2013.

Melissa Low,New Durban Platform seeks transparency and openness”, Eco-Business.com, 15 Nov. 2012.

Melissa Low and Yuen Kah Hung, “Can we keep the door to 2 degrees open?”, Singapore International Energy Week Energy Perspectives, 23 Oct. 2012.

Melissa Low, Augustin Boey and Kamalakannan S/O Soundararajan, “IEA chief's keynote highlights opportunities amidst uncertainties”, Singapore International Energy Week Energy Perspectives, 22 Oct. 2012.

Melissa Low and Shiva Prasad Susarla, “ASEAN Science Fund's role in financing tomorrow's energy needs”, Singapore International Energy Week Energy Perspectives, 17 Oct. 2012.

Melissa Low quoted in, "Singapore’s Supertrees Spark Green Thoughts", by Saira Syed, BBC News, 18 June 2012.

Melissa Low and Elspeth Thomson, "Rio+20 U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development", Channel NewsAsia Perspectives, Jun. 2012 

Melissa Low, "Creating a balanced energy mix in Southeast Asia", Singapore International Energy Week Energy Perspectives, 12 Jun. 2012 

Melissa Low, "Trade dispute, protests highlight global demand for rare earth minerals", Singapore International Energy Week Energy Perspectives, 2 Apr. 2012

Augustin Boey, Melissa Low and Samir Muhammad Nazir, "Rare earths to secure our energy future", Singapore International Energy Week 2011, 1 Nov. 2011

Augustin Boey, Melissa Low and Catrina Yeo, "SEL Opening Address", Singapore International Energy Week 2011, 31 Oct. 2011

Melissa Low, “Global race for Rare Earth heating up”, Singapore International Energy Week Energy Perspectives, 24 Oct. 2011.

Melissa Low, “What the ‘Golden Age of Gas’ means for Singapore”, Singapore International Energy Week Energy Perspectives, 17 Jun. 2011.

Melissa Low, “Singapore’s Role in the UNFCCC Green Climate Fund”, Eco-Business.Com, 20 May. 2011.

Elspeth Thomson, Melissa Low & Dickson Yeo, “More than mere hot air issues”, Straits Times, 17 May. 2011.

Melissa Low, “Nuclear Power, Tectonic Collision Zones and Climate Targets: ASEAN’s Risky Convergence?”, ESI Bulletin on Energy Trends and Development Vol. 4 Issue 1, Apr. 2011.

Melissa Low, “Climate Change and Security: The Impending Threat”, GaiaDiscovery.Com, 7 Mar. 2011.

Melissa Low, “Digging deeper into rare earth row”, Straits Times, 24 Nov. 2010.


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