Kangkang (KK) Tong is an urban systems scientist. Currently, she holds the position as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at Princeton University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is also a researcher in the Sustainable Healthy Cities Network.
KK’s research is at the intersection of urban systems, climate change, and social equity. Her research explores how urban systems contribute to deep-decarbonization and social equity under ongoing energy transitions. Her specific areas of focus are: 1) modelling urban energy use and carbon footprint across multiple-spatial scales; 2) identifying unique opportunities that urban systems can provide to deep-decarbonization; 3) urban energy justice from distributive perspective, i.e., the distribution of energy use and the benefit of energy policy among socio-economic-racial groups in cities; 4) analyzing the sociotechnical transitions of urban energy systems focusing on key social actors in the process.
KK has an interdisciplinary education background. She holds a bachelor’s degree (Bachelor of Science) in Environmental Sciences, a Masters’ Degree in Ecology, and a Ph.D. degree in Public Affairs on the track of Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy.