Global Summer/Winter School
S023 China’s Policy on Climate Change, Energy, and Environment

Session A


Title: S023China’s Policy on Climate Change, Energy, and Environment

Duration: 2019.7.11-2019.7.26 (2 weeks)

Campus:  Xuhui


Course Description

This course explores the challenges associated with climate change, energy and environmental policies from multiple perspectives, disciplines and scales. It provides an in-depth insight of what in the world and particularly in China is happening after Trump’s retreat from the Paris Agreement. Students will be trained to examine the evolving science and policy of climate change, tussles among big global emitters regarding commitments and responsibility, the conflicts between energy giants and interest groups in China. Parallel to that, China’s energy and environmental policies will be scrutinized in a context of global and domestic politics. Through various case studies, students are encouraged to grasp the nature of China’s national development strategies and the risks and challenges the country is facing in implementing its "green policies".  At the same time, students will be expected to apply theories of IPE while conducting analysis.



  • Understand the interaction between politics and economics, especially in a Chinese context.


  • Understand the economic dimension of foreign policy and international politics regarding energy and environmental issues.


  • Understand the interaction between mitigation, energy efficiency and technology innovation.

  • Integrate different stakeholder perspectives, disciplines, scales and geographic contexts in evaluating China’s mitigation efforts, energy and environmental policies.


  • Understand China’s develomentalist approach and the shift from a GDP-orientation to a more balanced development.


  • Develop both oral and written communication skills to facilitate systematic analysis and effective consideration of these complex issues.



Prof. Junhua ZHANG


Professor Zhang is a visiting professor of the SIPA of SJTU. At the same time, he is a senior fellow of the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) in Brussels. He was previously a fulltime professor of Political Science at the School of International and Public Affairs at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). Additionally, Zhang has also previously been the director of both the Centre for Israel Studies and the International Master’s Degree in China’s Political Economy.

Dr. Zhang received his PhD in philosophy from the J. W. Goethe-University in Germany. Apart from his long-term academic career at the Free University Berlin and Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB) in Germany, he has also served as a guest professor at several universities in Canada, Israel, Austria and France.

In addition, he worked as guest editor for the Journal of Historical Sociology based in London. His research fields are Internet Policy, International Political economy with a focus on China, and Social Memory. He has published numerous articles in several international journals.


Dr. Jin LI


Dr. Li Jin is an assistant manager of Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange and the Director of the R&D Department. She holds a PhD in Environmental and Energy Economics, and she is now a senior economist. She joined the Exchange during its conception in 2009, and has contributed to every step of carbon market construction as a key member of Shanghai’s ETS. Li manages trading rule design, operation, product innovation and the regulation of Shanghai’s carbon market. She has been responsible for several Shanghai ETS pilot projects designated by national and local governments as well as some international cooperation projects with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the British Embassy, and the US Energy Foundation. Li has been responsible for the design of carbon collateral financing, carbon repository, and carbon lending and promotion through business models among businesses. In 2016, she took charge of the design of China’s first carbon allowance forward derivatives in the exchange cooperated with SH Clearing House. She has published several research papers about Environmental Finance, the Carbon Market, Environmental and Climate Change Policy.


Prof. Hongyuan YU


YU Hongyuan is a professor and Director of the Institute for Comparative Politics and Public Policy at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies. In 2010, he was the winner of the Newcomer Award for Shanghai Social Sciences. He is also the Vice President of Shanghai Association of Ecological Economy, an honorary fellow of Center for International Energy Strategy Studies (Renmin University of China), and a visiting fellow at the Sustainable Developmental Research Center in the China Academy for Social Science.



Dr. Fuqiang YANG


Fuqiang Yang is a senior adviser on Climate Change, Energy, and Environment at the NRDC. He has been involved in Energy and Environmental issues for more than three decades. Mr Yang was the Director of Global Climate Solutions at WWF International from 2008 to 2010. He was vice-president of the Energy Foundation and chief representative of the foundation’s office in Beijing from 2000 to 2008. Mr Yang received his PhD in industrial engineering at West Virginia University (US) in 1991 and his BS in physics at Jilin University (China) in 1977. Earlier in his career, Mr Yang worked with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on China’s energy and environmental issues. In 1984, he worked on regional energy planning at Cornell University as a fellow of the World Bank. Before he moved to the United States in 1984, he worked with the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission in China on renewable and rural energy policy, energy modeling and forecasting, project evaluation, and long-term planning. He has published dozens of papers and reports in those areas.




Dr. Liang is an assistant professor at SIPA, SJTU. She received her doctoral degree from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and she received her Master and Bachelor degrees at Peking University. Her research fields include sustainable development, environment and energy policy, and project management. She served as the consultant for China Southern Grid, Guangzhou from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Liang went to the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA as a visiting scholar from 2015 to 2016. She is currently carrying out a Shanghai Pujiang Program, studying energy use behavior in public buildings.


Dr. Yungpin LU


Yung Pin Lu is the Vice-Director of Third-Sector Study Center, and an assistant professor at SIPA, SJTU. Dr. Lu has a PhD in Leadership Studies, and a Master Degree in Business Administration from U.S.A.  Dr. Lu has over 10 years of experience in cross cultures in government, profit and non-profit organization sectors. His research focuses on Social Prganization, Social Enterprises, leadership, and cross-sector collaboration development .


Dr. Xinlei LI


Dr. Li Xinlei is an Associate Professor in the School of Political Science and Public Administration, and also the Deputy Director of the Environmental Politics Research Institute at Shandong University. She received her doctoral degree in Environmental Policy Research Centre & Centre for Global Politics, Free University of Berlin, Germany. She specializes in studying energy and environmental policy, with a particular focus on renewable energy policy, climate diplomacy, and transnational municipal climate networks (TMCNs). Currently, she has extended her research interests to transnational river basin governance, water diplomacy, and environmental risk governance.



Attendance: 30%

Participation in question discussion: 20%

Group presentation: 40%

Final program summary: 10%



Program Director: Prof. Junhua ZHANG (

Program Coordinator: Ms. Lin HE (

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