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
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
Zhang, P., O. Deschenes, K. Meng, and J. Zhang (2018). “Temperature Effects on Productivity and Factor Reallocation: Evidence from a Half Million Chinese Manufacturing Plants.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 88: 1–17. [NBER WP]
Media coverage: Science Daily, EurekAlert, Noozhawk, Futurity, Santa Barbara Edhat
Zhang, J. and Q. Mu (2017). “Air pollution and defensive expenditures: Evidence from particulate-filtering facemasks.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Forthcoming.
Media coverage: Council on Foreign Relations, UCSD News, Mordern Experess
Yang, Y., J. Zhang, and C. Wang (2017). “Forecasting China’s Carbon Intensity — Is China on Track to Comply with Its Copenhagen Commitment?” Energy Journal, 39(2).
Zhang, J., Z. Wang, and X. Du (2017). “Lessons learned from China’s regional carbon market pilots.” Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, 6(2): 1-20. (Invited Submission)