Junjie Zhang, Ph.D.

Initiative for Sustainable Investment
Duke Kunshan University

Associate Professor
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University

Environmental economics

Environmental policy

Applied econometrics

Junjie Zhang is Director of the Initiative for Sustainable Investment (ISI) at Duke Kunshan University (DKU) and Associate Professor of Environmental Economics in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

Zhang’s research focuses on empirical issues in environmental and resource economics, with topics covering air pollution, energy transition, and climate change. He has received funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, China National Natural Science Foundation, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, Energy Foundation, The World Bank, and Asian Development Bank.

Zhang is a co-chair of the Committee of Environmental Economics in the Chinese Academy of Environmental Science, a member of the Advisory Board for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the Chief Economist of the Green Finance Forum of 60. Zhang is also an associate editor for the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (JEBO) and an editorial board member for the Journal of the Association of Environmental & Resource Economists (JAERE) and Journal of Environmental Economics & Management (JEEM).

Zhang served as the founding director of DKU’s Environmental Research Center and International Master of Environmental Policy Program. Before that, he was an associate professor in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. He was the Volkswagen Visiting Chair in Sustainability in the Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University. He also served as a senior advisor for the Asia Society, an auditor for the Asian Association of Environmental & Resource Economics, and a co-editor for the China Economic Review.

Zhang holds a B.S. from Renmin University of China, a B.S. and an M.S. from Tsinghua University, and a Ph.D. from Duke University.


Mitigating climate threat to China’s food security

July 28, 2017, China Daily

Will China Take the Lead on Climate Change?

November 21, 2016, ChinaFile

Is China Doing Enough for the Environment?

March 11, 2016, ChinaFile

TV Interviews

Junjie Zhang discusses China’s wind power technology
June 13, 2017, CGTN America

Interviews and Quotes

New Carbon Trading Market Unlikely to Overhaul China’s Energy Mix
December 21, 2017, Sputnik International

China’s sweeping crackdown against pollution
September 2, 2017, South China Morning Post

China Is Preparing to Launch the World’s Biggest Carbon Market
August 14, 2017, Scientific American

Cui, J., C. Wang, J. Zhang, and Y. Zheng (2021). “The effectiveness of China’s regional carbon market pilots in reducing firm emissions”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118.52, e2109912118.

Ghanem, D., S. Shen, and J. Zhang (2020). “A censored maximum likelihood approach to quantifying manipulation in China’s air pollution data”. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 7(5): 965–1003.

Zhang, J. and Q. Mu (2018). “Air pollution and defensive expenditures: Evidence from particulate-filtering facemasks.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 92: 517-536.

Ghanem, D. and J. Zhang (2014). ”’Effortless perfection:’ Do Chinese cities manipulate air pollution data?” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 68(2): 203-225.

Zhang, J. and M. D. Smith (2011). “Estimation of a generalized fishery model: A two-stage approach.” The Review of Economics and Statistics, 93(2):690-699.