Address: 2/F, Wong Foo Yuan Building, CUHK, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
E-mail: yuanxu at cuhk.edu.hk
Tel: +852-3943 6647
I am an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management and the leader of the Environmental Policy and Governance Programme in the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
My work primarily focuses on energy and environmental policies and strategies, especially on their enforcement and compliance as well as related technological innovation and industrial development, covering fossil fuels and renewables. In contrast to central planning and rule-based governance, I developed a theory of “goal-centered governance” to understand China’s energy and environmental development. I also built a theoretical model to integrate informative but imperfect satellite data into environmental compliance monitoring for enhancing its effectiveness and efficiency. In collaboration with Prof. Zhu Lei, we initiated a research theme to internationalize CO2 capture and storage chains as a crucial carbon-neutral means especially for regions without convenient nearby CO2 storage sites.
Before joining CUHK in August 2010, I received a Ph.D. degree in public policy in February 2010 from the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University and conducted postdoctoral training in between (Feb-Aug 2010) at the Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I got an M.S. degree in climatology (2004), a B.S. degree in atmospheric sciences (2001) from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and a bachelor's degree in economics (2001) from the China Centre for Economic Research, all from Peking University.