• Research

    Dr. Yuli Shan is an expert in Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Transitions. His cross-cutting research reveals how human activities interact with global emissions and climate change, strongly supporting the achievement of climate targets and the Net-Zero process. He especially focuses on cities in emerging economies, which are central to climate change mitigation and emission reductions in the coming decades.


    His work has advanced the accounting of emissions at multiple scales, investigating the patterns and drivers of emissions in terms of both production-based and consumption-based emissions. He has also explored low-carbon roadmaps for cities at different stages of urbanization and industrialization and analyzed the inequality in the process of achieving Net-Zero. His research has had a significant impact on academic society, policymakers, and broader audiences.


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

    • National level: Scientific Data (2018; 2021); Earth’s Future (2021); Nature Geoscience (2018)
    • Provincial level: Applied Energy (2016)
    • City and county level: Journal of Cleaner Production (2017); Scientific Data (2020)
    • Super-emitting industries: Nature Communications (2023); One Earth (2021); Applied Energy (2016)
    • Food industry: Nature Food (2021); Nature Food (2023)
    • Emerging Economies: National Science Review (2022); Patterns (2023)
    • COVID-19 & green recovery: Nature Climate Change (2021); Nature Climate Change (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: Science Bulletin (2023); One Earth (2019)
    • City Inclusive Wealth Index: Global Environmental Change (2022)

    Theme 3: Inequality and Responsibility of Net-Zero Trainsitions

    • The burden of Russian-Ukraine conflict on households: Nature Energy (2022)
    • Poverty alleviation and inequality: Nature Sustainability (2022); Environmental Research Letters (2021)
    • Re-allocating capital emissions along the full life span: Nature Communications (2023)