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John Helveston

  • PhD Engineering and Public Policy
  • Postdoctoral Associate
  • Boston University
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Research interests

design for locationtechnology developmentautomotive policyenergyChina


I currently work as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Boston University. Starting July 2018, I will be an Assistant Professor at George Washington University in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. My primary research interest is understanding the factors that shape technology change, with a particular focus on transitioning to environmentally sustainable and energy-saving technologies. Within this broader category, I study consumer preferences and market demand for new technologies as well as relationships between firm innovation, industry structure, and technology policy. My dissertation explores these themes in China’s electric vehicle industry. I take an interdisciplinary methodological approach, applying both quantitative methods, such as discrete choice modeling and conjoint analysis, and qualitative / mixed methods, such as interview-based case studies. I have conducted extensive fieldwork in China, collaborating with colleagues at Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University, and the State Information Center on past projects. I am a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese and also an internationally renowned and award-winning swing dancer.

Co-authors (5)

Publications (3)

  • Pooling stated and revealed preference data in the presence of RP endogeneity

    • Helveston J
    • Feit E
    • Michalek J
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  • Up, Down, and Sideways: Innovation in China and the Case of Plug-in Electric Vehicles

    • Helveston J
    • Fuchs E
    • Wang Y
  • Will Subsidies Drive Electric Vehicle Adoption? Measuring Consumer Preferences in the U.S. and China

    • Helveston J
    • Liu Y
    • Feit E
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Postdoctoral Associate

Boston University

August 2016 - Present


Engineering and Public Policy

Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering

August 2011 - May 2016(5 years)

BS Engineering Science and Mechanics

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

August 2005 - May 2010(5 years)