• Research

    Dr. Yuli Shan specializes in Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Transitions. His interdisciplinary research uncovers the interplay between human activities and global emissions, bolstering the pursuit of climate targets and the Net-Zero initiative. His work particularly emphasizes cities in emerging economies, which are pivotal to climate change mitigation and emission reductions in the forthcoming decades.


    His contributions have propelled the field of emissions accounting forward, examining the trends and factors of emissions from both production and consumption perspectives. He has delved into low-carbon strategies for cities undergoing various levels of urbanization and industrialization, and has scrutinized the inequality encountered in the pursuit of Net-Zero. His research has profoundly influenced academia, policy decision-makers, and the general public.


    Theme 1: Carbon Accounts - Carbon Emission Accounts and Datasets for emerging economies (CEADs)

    • Countries and provinces: Applied Energy (2024); Scientific Data (2018); National Science Review (2022); Patterns (2023)
    • Cities and counties: Journal of Cleaner Production (2017); Scientific Data (2020)
    • Super-emitting industries: Nature Food (2021; 2023); Nature Communications (2023); One Earth (2021); Applied Energy (2016)
    • Emerging Economies: COVID-19 & green recovery: Nature Climate Change (2021; 2020); Applied Energy (2022)

    Theme 2: Cities

    • City-level emission peak and reduction: Science Bulletin (2022); Science Advances (2018); One Earth (2021)
    • Trade and consumption-based emissions of cities: Nature Cities (2024); Science Bulletin (2023); One Earth (2019)
    • City Inclusive Wealth Index: Global Environmental Change (2022)

    Theme 3: Inequality and Responsibility of Net-Zero Transitions

    • Carbon Inequality: Nature Sustainability (2022); Environmental Research Letters (2021)
    • Energy Inequality: Nature Energy (2022)
    • Re-allocating capital emissions along the full life span: Nature Communications (2023); Cell Reports Sustainability (2024)