Regan Kwan

Research Associate

Energy, Water, and Sustainability, Southeast Asia

Regan Kwan is a research associate with the Southeast Asia Program and the Energy, Water, and Sustainability Program. His research focuses on the environmental and socioeconomic impact of development in the Greater Mekong Subregion. He leads the program’s data collection and management processes and manages the technical aspect of the Mekong Infrastructure Tracker platform and Mekong Dam Monitor. Before joining the Stimson Center, he worked as a consultant and research assistant at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). Regan also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. He holds a MPP from the University of California, San Diego and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Regan’s contributions to the Mekong Infrastructure Tracker and the Mekong Dam Monitor resulted in the Southeast Asia Program’s winning a 2021 Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award. His data management efforts also supported the Mekong Dam Monitor project team as recipients of 1st Prize in the 2021 Prudence Foundation’s Disaster Tech Competition and the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation’s 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award.


Fostering consensus-driven, candid, and multilateral dialogues between the major players defining the dynamics of Himalayan water security

Addressing the regional environmental and social impacts along the Mekong River to improve food security, stability and cross-country relations.

Resources for understanding the dynamic economic, social, environmental, and political impact of development in the Mekong region

We act to conserve the mighty Mekong’s ecosystem through system-scale planning methods and promoting the renewable energy revolution in mainland Southeast Asia.

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Consultative processes lead to more accurate monitoring of the Mekong from Eyes on Earth and the Stimson Center

Open data and strong partnerships help improve an important tool for Mekong communities.

Tutorial: How to use the Mekong Deforestation App

Walkthrough and video tutorial on how to use the Mekong Deforestation App

Data Tool
Mekong Deforestation App

Track forest loss and impact of infrastructure development on forests across the Mekong region

Thailand as a Regional Energy Influencer

As a major power investor in Laos and rising electricity trading hub, Thailand holds significant influence over regional power development

Energy Developments in the 3S Basin

Hydropower in the 3S Basin could help meet skyrocketing electricity demand, but dams threaten fisheries and agriculture in the Mekong Basin

Damming the Mekong to its Ecological Tipping Point

An excess of hydropower development in the Mekong Basin and a sub-optimal application of ESG safeguards are driving the river to ruin.

Mekong Infrastructure Tracker 2020 Annual Report

A 2020 review of the data and activities for the Mekong Infrastructure Tracker

Data Tool
Suitability Mapper

Generate customized maps showing suitable areas for infrastructure development in the Mekong region

Tutorial: How to use the Suitability Mapper

Walkthrough and video tutorial on how to use the Suitability Mapper

Finding time for data

An interview with Regan Kwan

Mekong Reservoirs in Yunnan Province, China

More than 100 reservoirs now hold water in China’s portion of the Upper Mekong.

Tutorial: How to Use the Mekong Infrastructure Tracker Dashboard

Walkthrough and video tutorial on how to use the dashboard

Tutorial: How to use the Mekong Infrastructure Impact Screener

Walkthrough and video tutorial on how to use the Project Impact Screener

New Evidence: How China Turned Off the Tap on the Mekong River

China’s dams held back so much water that they entirely prevented the Mekong’s annual monsoon-driven rise in river level.

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