Yuli Shan


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


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Personal profile


Dr Yuli Shan is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Transitions at the University of Birmingham. He is a global highly cited researcher in 2020. 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).

Yuli 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. Yuli has rich experience with publishing, reviewing, and editing journal papers. He is an editorial board member of Scientific Data, Advances in Applied Energy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Advances in Climate Change Research, and Frontiers in Sustainable Cities.

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.

Research interests

Yuli’s research focuses on Accounting for Carbon EmissionsClimate Change Economics, and Sustainable Development, with a special focus on developing countries and cities. He has published over 100 papers in high-impact journals, such as Nature Climate ChangeNature SustainabilityNature GeoscienceNature Food, and Science Advances. His paper has been cited over 11,000 times (h-index 47), and 25 of them are ESI highly cited papers and 18 are hot papers. He has co-built an open emission dataset (CEADs) to provide the most up-to-date regional emission and energy data for emerging countries and subnational regions. CEADs has been downloaded by 100+ thousand times per year and reused in over 1,000 journal papers.

Academic Posts

  • Associate Professor (2022-), University of Birmingham
  • Faculty Research Fellow (2019-2022), University of Groningen
  • Senior Research Associate (2018-2019), University of East Anglia

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Climate Change and Development, University of East Anglia

1 Oct 201418 Jul 2018

Award Date: 18 Jul 2018

Master of Social Science, Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University

1 Sept 20121 Jun 2014

Award Date: 1 Jun 2014

Bachelor of Science, Statistics, Actuarial Science and Risk, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics

1 Sept 20081 Jun 2012

Award Date: 1 Jun 2012

External positions

University of Groningen

1 Aug 2022 → …


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Climate Change Economics
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Sustainable Development
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Human Geography
  • Urban Studies


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