Hyungkwan Kim

Hyungkwan Kim

Policy Researcher II


James Hyungkwan Kim, a leading Energy Economist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), specializes in energy/environment policy research within the Energy Markets and Policy Department. His work critically assesses clean energy market policies, analyzing the value and costs of power system technologies against the backdrop of an evolving decarbonizing grid. James's research, published in esteemed outlets like Applied Energy, The Energy Journal, Energy Research & Social Science, and IEEE, navigates the complexities of integrating clean energy resources into current systems.

Before joining LBNL, James garnered a rich mix of experience in the U.S. and abroad, ranging from energy economics and trading at Tenaska Power Services to policy research with the Indiana State Utility Forecasting Group. His international tenure includes impactful roles at the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva and at the ASEAN summit, where he addressed pivotal energy finance and sustainability issues.

Armed with a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Purdue University, an M.S. in Economics from Universiti Brunei Darussalam, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Industrial Engineering from Yonsei University, James's academic prowess underpins his professional endeavors. His publications traverse critical energy topics, advocating for informed and equitable energy policy development towards a sustainable future. Open to exploring new avenues in energy markets and sustainability, James seeks to extend his impact through innovation, collaboration, and leadership.