Dr Yuli Shan PhD

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

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 is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Transitions at the University of Birmingham. Before joining the University of Birmingham, he worked at the University of Groningen as a Faculty Research Fellow. He got a doctoral degree from the University of East Anglia (2018) and a master’s degree from Fudan University (2014).

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.
 
Yuli is a globally Highly Cited Researcher since 2020. He is a contributing author of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report and an executive committee member of the National Association of Input-Output and Big Data of China, and a board member of the Sustainable Urban System section of the International Society of Industrial Ecology (ISIE). Yuli has rich experience in publishing, reviewing, and editing journal papers. He is an editorial board member of Scientific Data (nature family), Advances in Applied Energy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Advances in Climate Change Research, etc.

Yuli 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. Yuli has been interviewed by internationally renowned media such as Reuters, Financial Times, and Xinhua net to discuss city-level sustainable development.
 
He is the winner of the 2023 Birmingham Founder's Awards for Early Career.

Teaching

  • Climate Change in the Earth System - UG year 3
  • Global Environmental Issues - UG year 1
  • Fieldtrip course (Tokyo)
  • BSc Global Environmental Change and Sustainability

Postgraduate supervision

Climate Change Mitigation and Economics; Sustainable Transitions; Accounting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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.

Theme 1: Carbon Accounts: Carbon Emission Accounts and Datasets for Emerging economies (CEADs.net)

Theme 2: Decarbonsition and Net-Zero

Theme 3: Carbon Inequality

Other activities

  • Contributing author of the IPCC 6th assessment report, working group III
  • Editor for Scientific Data, Advances in Applied Energy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Advances in Climate Change Research; Green and Low-Carbon Economy; Carbon Footprints, etc.
  • Executive committee member of the National Association of Input-Output and Big Data of China
  • Board member of the Sustainable Urban System section of the International Society of Industrial Ecology (ISIE)
  • Member of several academic communities, including the International Society for Energy Transition Studies; International Input-Output Association; International Society for Industrial Ecology

Publications

Highlight publications

Shan, Y, Guan, D, Zheng, H, Ou, J, Li, Y, Meng, J, Mi, Z, Liu, Z & Zhang, Q 2018, 'China CO2 emission accounts 1997–2015', Scientific Data. https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2017.201

Guan, D, Meng, J, Reiner, DM, Zhang, N, Shan, Y, Mi, Z, Shao, S, Liu, Z, Zhang, Q & Davis, SJ 2018, 'Structural decline in China’s CO2 emissions through transitions in industry and energy systems', Nature Geoscience. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-018-0161-1

Shan, Y, Guan, D, Hubacek, K, Zheng, B, Davis, SJ, Jia, L, Liu, J, Liu, Z, Fromer, N, Mi, Z, Meng, J, Deng, X, Li, Y, Lin, J, Schroeder, H, Weisz, H & Schellnhuber, HJ 2018, 'City-level climate change mitigation in China', Science Advances. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aaq0390

Shan, Y, Fang, S, Cai, B, Zhou, Y, Li, D, Feng, K & Hubacek, K 2021, 'Chinese cities exhibit varying degrees of decoupling of economic growth and CO2 emissions between 2005 and 2015', One Earth, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 124-134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2020.12.004

Shan, Y, Ou, J, Wang, D, Zeng, Z, Zhang, S, Guan, D & Hubacek, K 2021, 'Impacts of COVID-19 and fiscal stimuli on global emissions and the Paris Agreement', Nature Climate Change, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 200–206. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-00977-5

Recent publications

Article

Mastrandrea, R, Burg, RT, Shan, Y, Hubacek, K & Ruzzenenti, F 2024, 'Assessments of the environmental performance of global companies need to account for company size', Communications Earth & Environment, vol. 5, no. 1, 5. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43247-024-01200-5

Xu, J, Guan, Y, Oldfield, J, Guan, D & Shan, Y 2024, 'China carbon emission accounts 2020-2021', Applied Energy, vol. 360, 122837. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2024.122837

Zhang, Z, Shan, Y, Zhao, D, Tillotson, MR, Cai, B, Li, X, Zheng, H, Zhao, C, Guan, D, Liu, J & Hao, Y 2024, 'City level water withdrawal and scarcity accounts of China', Scientific Data, vol. 11, no. 1, 449. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-024-03115-4

Zhang, H, Di Maria, C, Ghezelayagh, B & Shan, Y 2024, 'Climate policy in emerging economies: Evidence from China's Low-Carbon City Pilot', Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, vol. 124, 102943. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2024.102943

Wu, S, Wei, T, Qu, Y, Xue, R, Wang, H & Shan, Y 2024, 'How does global value chain embeddedness affect environmental pollution? Evidence from Chinese enterprises', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 434, 140232. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2023.140232

Wang, J, Shan, Y, Cui, C, Zhao, C, Meng, J & Wang, S 2024, 'Investigating the fast energy-related carbon emissions growth in African countries and its drivers', Applied Energy, vol. 357, 122494. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2023.122494

Zhang, L, Liu, Z, Zhang, L, Liu, Y, Shan, Y, Wang, X, Liu, Y, Zhang, L, Li, X, Li, X, Hao, Y & Cui, Q 2024, 'Modelling the socio-economic impacts of coal-fired electricity phaseout under carbon neutrality target: A dynamic CGE-based study of China', Resources, Conservation and Recycling, vol. 205, 107563. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2024.107563

Wang, J, Ji, C-J, Liu, Y, Shan, Y, Hubacek, K, Wei, YM & Wang, K 2024, 'Re-investigating the shared responsibility for trade-embodied carbon emissions', Ecological Economics, vol. 220, 108162. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2024.108162

Yu, B, Xu, Z, Du, C, Xu, J, Pan, Y, Zhou, J & Shan, Y 2024, 'Spatiotemporal evolution and drivers of carbon inequalities in urban agglomeration: An MLD-IDA inequality indicator decomposition', Ecological Indicators, vol. 162, 112004. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2024.112004

Yang, Y, Zhou, Y, Shan, Y & Hubacek, K 2024, 'The shift of embodied energy flows among the Global South and Global North in the post-globalisation era', Energy Economics, vol. 131, 107408. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eneco.2024.107408

Andersen, EV, Shan, Y, Bruckner, B, Černý, M, Hidiroglu, K & Hubacek, K 2024, 'The vulnerability of shifting towards a greener world: The impact of the EU's green transition on material demand', Sustainable Horizons, vol. 10, 100087. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.horiz.2023.100087

Shen, Y, Shi, X, Zhao, Z, Xu, J, Sun, Y, Liao, Z, Li, Y & Shan, Y 2023, 'A dataset of low-carbon energy transition index for Chinese cities 2003–2019', Scientific Data, vol. 10, no. 1, 906. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-023-02815-7

Conference contribution

Zhu, D, Liu, M, Li, R, Shan, Y, Zhang, H, Bi, J & Hubacek, K 2024, Increasing climate change changes household medical expenditures. in EGU General Assembly 2024., EGU24-16105, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14/04/24. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-16105

Liang, J, Wu, K, Liu, M, Yang, J, Shan, Y & Bi, J 2024, Mapping the water-economic cascading risks within a multilayer network of supply chains. in EGU General Assembly 2024., EGU24-8398, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14/04/24. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-8398

Li, Y, He, P, Shan, Y, Li, Y, Hang, Y, Shao, S, Ruzzenenti, F & Hubacek, K 2024, Reducing climate change impacts and inequality of the global food system through diet shifts. in EGU General Assembly 2024., EGU24-14983, EGUsphere, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14/04/24. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-14983

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