Dr Yuli Shan PhD

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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor in Sustainable Transitions

Dr Yuli Shan is an expert in climate change mitigation and sustainable transitions. His interdisciplinary research aims to reveal how human activities affect global and regional climate change. He also seeks alternative low-carbon approaches towards the achievement of climate targets and a net-zero emission society.

Dr Yuli Shan is a Global Highly Cited Researcher since 2020 and a contributing author of the IPCC 6th assessment report. His international reputation for environmental resources accounting and climate change mitigation in developing countries has resulted in 20+ academic awards, 100+ publications in high-impact journals, high-profile media coverage, international conference and committee invites.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Climate Change and Development, University of East Anglia (2018)
  • Master of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University (2014)
  • BSc in Statistics and Actuarial Science, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (2012)

Biography

Dr Yuli Shan completed a PhD on climate change and development at the University of East Anglia in 2018. Then he worked at the same university as a Senior Research Associate (2018-2019) and then the University of Groningen as a Faculty Research Fellow (2019-2022) before taking up the post of Associate Professor at Birmingham.

Dr Yuli Shan is a global highly cited researcher since 2020 and a contributing author of the IPCC 6th assessment report. He also worked for several journals as an Editorial Board Member. He has published over 100 papers in high-impact journals, such as Nature Climate Change, Nature Sustainability, Nature Geoscience, Nature Food, and Science Advances. He has co-established an open-access dataset CEADs (Carbon Emission Accounts and Datasets for emerging economies) to provide the most up-to-date emission inventories for developing countries and subnational regions.

Dr Yuli Shan has won a dozen academic prizes including the Green Talents awarded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The jury especially valued the scientific expertise regarding his research on the adaption and investigation of sustainable policies in cities. Dr Yuli Shan has been interviewed by internationally renowned media such as Reuters, Financial Times, and Xinhua net to discuss city-level sustainable development.

Teaching

Teaching at the University of Birmingham

  • Climate Change in the Earth System - UG year 3
  • Global Environmental Issues - UG year 1
  • Field course (Tokyo)

CEADs summer school

Previous teaching at the University of Groningen

  • Conceptualizing and Modeling Human-Environmental Systems - PGR
  • Data Analysis and Statistical Methods – PGR

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Yuli Shan accepts full-time and visiting PhD students in several topics including accounting of greenhouse gas emissions; climate change mitigation and economics; and sustainable transitions.

Ongoing PhD students (full-time):

  • Jinghang Xu (2022 – now)
  • Jiajie Fan (2022 – now)
  • Binyuan Liu (2022 – now), University of Groningen
  • Jin Yan (2021 – now), University of Groningen
  • Yuru Guan (2020 – now), University of Groningen
  • Yanxian Li (2020 – now), University of Groningen
  • Dan Wang (2019 – now), University of Groningen

Research

Dr Yuli Shan is an expert in climate change mitigation and sustainable transitions. His cross-cutting research reveals how human activities affect global emissions and climate change, with applications especially related to cities in emerging economies, which are central to climate change mitigation and emission reductions in the coming decades. His work has investigated the emission patterns and drivers in terms of both production- and consumption-based emissions; explored low-carbon roadmaps for cities at different stages of urbanization and industrialization which provide strong policy support; and simulated the disturbance of specific events (e.g., the pandemic of COVID-19) or policies (e.g., poverty alleviation) on global emissions and inequality as well as the achievement of climate targets. His work has had significant impacts on the academic society as well as broader audiences.

Dr Yuli Shan has published over 100 papers in high-impact journals, such as Nature Climate Change, Nature Sustainability, Nature Geoscience, Nature Food, and Science Advances. His paper has been cited over 8,000 times (h-index 40), and 17 of them are ESI highly cited papers and 13 are ESI hot papers. He has co-built an open emission dataset CEADs (Carbon Emission Accounts and Datasets for emerging economies) to provide the most up-to-date regional emission and energy data for emerging countries and subnational regions. CEADs data has been downloaded by 400,000 times and used in more than 800 journal papers.

Other activities

  • Contributing author of the IPCC 6th assessment report, working group III
  • Editorial Board Member for Scientific Data and Advances in Applied Energy
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Cleaner Production; Advances in Climate Change Research; Green and Low-Carbon Economy; Frontiers in Sustainable Cities
  • Executive committee member of the National Association of Input-Output and Big Data of China
  • Member of several academic communities, including International Society for Energy Transition Studies; International Input-Output Association; Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research; International Society for Industrial Ecology
  • Affiliated Researcher at the University of Groningen (IRES - Integrated Research on Energy, Environment and Society)

Publications

Theme 1: Carbon emission accounts

  • National level: Scientific Data (20182021); Nature Geoscience (2018); Earth’s Future (2021)
  • Provincial level: Applied Energy (2016)
  • City and county level: Journal of Cleaner Production (2017); Scientific Data (2020)
  • Enterprise and sector level: Nature Food (2021); One Earth (2021); Applied Energy (2016)
  • Carbon Emission Accounts and Datasets for emerging economies (CEADs)

Theme 2: City-level emission drivers and low-carbon transitions

  • Science Bulletin (2022); Science Advances (2018); One Earth (2021)

Theme 3: Tackling climate change in a new era

  • COVID-19 & green recovery: Nature Climate Change (2021); Nature Climate Change (2020)
  • Russian-Ukraine conflict: Nature Energy (2022)
  • Poverty alleviation and inequality: Nature Sustainability (2022); Environmental Research Letters (2021)

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