Yuli Shan

University of East Anglia

Senior Researcher

Dr. Yuli Shan is a Senior Research Associate at School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia. He is also an affiliate member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Dr. Yuli Shan is originally from China. He completed a Ph.D. in Climate Change in the University of East Anglia (2018), an M.S. in Social Development and Public Policy from Fudan University (2014), and a B.Sc. in Statistics from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (2012). He has also conducted research at the University of Pannonia in Hungary as a visitor.

Dr. Yuli Shan’s core research area is on emission accounts, climate change economics, sustainable policy, and development. He was won the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad in 2016.

He has published over 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals, such as Science Advances, Nature Geoscience, and Nature Communications. Five of them were listed in the ESI hot and highly cited papers. One of his paper has been awarded the 2017 Best Early Career Article by Environmental Research Letters, and another one has been awarded the 2016 Highly Cited Original Paper by Applied Energy.

Honor and Prizes

  1. Highlights of 2017 collection / Best early career article, Environmental Research Letters (2017), Paper: Pattern changes in determinants of Chinese emissions
  2. Doctoral Researcher Awards, Association of British Turkish Academics (2017)
  3. Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, China Scholarship Council, $6,000 (2016)
  4. Applied Energy Highly Cited Original Paper, Applied Energy and Elsevier (2016), Paper: Consumption-based emission accounting for Chinese cities
  5. PGR Prize for Best Paper, Social Science Faculty, University of East Anglia, £200 (2015)
  6. Award for Publication, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, £500 (2015-2017)
  7. Joint Leverhulme Trust and Social Sciences Faculty Postgraduate Studentships at the University of East Anglia, Economic and Social Research Council, £14,000 per year plus tuition fee (2014-2017)
  8. Outstanding Graduate, Fudan University (2014)
  9. First Class Scholarship, Rank 1/65, Fudan University, ¥ 10,000 (2013)
  10. Outstanding Dissertation, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (2012)

Selected publications

  1. Shan, Y., Guan, D.*, Hubacek, K., Zheng, B., Davis, S.J.*, Jia, L., Liu, J., Liu, Z., Fromer, N., Mi, Z., Meng, J., Deng, X., Li, Y.*, Lin, J., Schroeder, H., Weisz, H., & Schellnhuber H.J. (2018) City-level climate change mitigation in China. Science Advances, 4, eaaq0390.
  1. Shan, Y., Guan, D.*, Zheng, H., Ou, J., Li, Y.*, Meng, J., Mi, Z., & Zhu, L.* (2018). China CO2 emission accounts 1997-2015. Scientific Data (IF=4.836), 5, 170201. DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2017.201
  1. Shan, Y., Guan, D.*, Meng, J., Liu, Z., Schroeder, H., Liu, J., & Mi, Z. (2018) Rapid growth of petroleum coke consumption and its related emissions in China. Applied Energy (IF=7.182), in press
  1. Zheng, H., Shan, Y.*, Mi, Z., Meng, J., Ou, J., Schroeder, H., & Guan, D.* (2018) How modifications of China’s energy data affect carbon mitigation targets. Energy Policy (IF=4.140), 116, 337-343. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2018.02.031
  1. Mi, Z., Zheng, J., Meng, J.*, Shan, Y.*, Zheng, H., Ou, J., Guan, D., & Wei, Y. (2018) China’s energy consumption in the new normal. Earth’s Future (IF=4.938), forthcoming
  1. Guan, D.#*, Meng, J. #*, Reiner, D., Zhang, N.*, Shan, Y., Mi, Z., Shao, S.*, Liu, Z., Zhang, Q., & Davis, S.J. (2018) Structural decline in China's CO2 emissions through transitions in industry and energy systems. Nature Geoscience (IF=13.941), in press
  1. Mi, Z., Meng, J.*, Shan, Y., Wei, Y., & Guan, D.* (2018) China multi-regional input-output table 2012. Scientific Data (IF=4.836), in press
  1. Yu, X., Chen, H., Wang, B., Wang, R.*, & Shan, Y. (2018). Driving forces of CO2 emissions and mitigation strategies of China’s national low carbon pilot industrial parks. Applied Energy (IF=7.182), 212, 1553-1562. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.12.114
  1. Cai, B., Liu, H.*, Kou, F., Yang, Y., Yao, B.*, Chen, X.*, Wong, D.*, Zhang, L., Li, J., Kuang, G., Chen, L., Zheng, J., Guan, D., & Shan, Y. (2018) Estimating perfluorocarbon emission factors for industrial rare earth metal electrolysis. Resources, Conservation & Recycling (IF=3.313), 136, 315-323. DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.04.018
  1. Du, M., Wang, X., Peng, C.*, Shan, Y., Chen, H., Wang, M., & Zhu, Q.* (2018) Quantification and scenario analysis of CO2 emissions from the central heating supply in China from 2006 to 2025. Applied Energy (IF=7.182), 225, 869-875. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.05.064
  1. Shao, L.*, Li, Y.*, Feng, K., Meng, J., Shan, Y., & Guan, D. (2018). Carbon emission imbalances and the structural paths of Chinese regions. Applied Energy (IF=7.182), 215, 396-404. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.01.090
  1. Shan, Y., Zheng, H., Guan, D.*, Li, C., Mi, Z., Meng, J., Schroeder, H., Ma, J., & Ma, Z. (2017). Energy consumption and CO2 emissions in Tibet and its cities in 2014. Earth’s Future (IF=4.938), 5, 854-864. DOI: 10.1002/2017EF000571 (Cover Article)
  1. Shan, Y., Guan, D.*, Liu, J., Mi Z., Liu, Z., Liu, J.*, Schroeder, H., Cai B., Chen, Y., Shao, S., & Zhang, Q. (2017). Methodology and applications of city level CO2 emission accounts in China. Journal of Cleaner Production (IF=5.715), 161, 1215-1225. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.06.075
  1. Xu, X., Huo, H., Liu, J.*, Shan, Y.*, Li, Y.*, Zheng, H., Guan, D., & Ouyang, Z. (2017). Patterns of CO2 emissions in 18 central Chinese cities from 2000 to 2014. Journal of Cleaner Production (IF=5.715), 172, 529-540. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.10.136
  1. Mi, Z., Meng, J., Guan, D.*, Shan, Y., Song, M., Wei, Y.M., Liu. Z., & Hubacek, K. (2017). Chinese CO2 emission flows have reversed since the global financial crisis. Nature Communications (IF=12.124), 8: 1712. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-01820-w
  1. Mi, Z., Meng, J., Guan, D.*, Shan, Y., Liu, Z., Wang, Y., Feng, K., & Wei, Y. (2017) Pattern changes in determinants of Chinese emissions. Environmental Research Letters (IF=4.404), 12, 074003. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa69cf (Highlights of 2017 collection from ERL; Best early career article)
  1. Meng, J., Mi, Z., Yang, H., Shan, Y., Guan, D.*, & Liu, J. (2017). The consumption-based black carbon emissions of China’s megacities. Journal of Cleaner Production (IF=5.715), 161, 1275-1282. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.02.185 (ESI Highly cited paper (1))
  1. Li, C.*, Cui T., Nie, R.*, Shan, Y., Wang, J., Qian, X. (2017). A Decision Model to Predict the Optimal Size of the Diversified Management Industry from the View of Profit Maximization and Coordination of Industrial Scale. Sustainability (IF=1.789), 9, 642. DOI: 10.3390/su9040642
  1. Mi, Z., Wei, Y.*, Liu, Z., Liao, H., Shan, Y., Liu, J., & Guan, D.*. (2017). Socioeconomic impact assessment of China’s CO2 emissions peak prior to 2030. Journal of Cleaner Production (IF=5.715), 142, 2227-2236. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.11.055 (ESI Hot paper (2)/ Highly cited paper)
  1. Shan, Y., Liu, Z.*, & Guan, D. (2016). CO2 emissions from China’s lime industry. Applied Energy (IF=7.182), 166, 245-252. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.04.091 (ESI Hot paper / Highly cited paper; PGR Prize for Best Paper, UEA, 2015)
  1. Shan, Y., Liu, J.*, Liu, Z., Xu, X., Shao, S., Wang, P., & Guan, D.*. (2016). New provincial CO2 emission inventories in China based on apparent energy consumption data and updated emission factors. Applied Energy (IF=7.182), 184, 742-750. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.03.073 (ESI Hot paper / Highly cited paper)
  1. Mi Z., Zhang, Y., Guan, D.*, Shan, Y., Liu, Z., Cong, R., Yuan, X., & Wei, Y. (2016). Consumption-based emission accounting for Chinese cities. Applied Energy (IF=7.182), 184, 1073-1081. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.06.094 (ESI Hot paper / Highly cited paper; Applied Energy award of highly cited original paper 2016)
  1. Guan, D.*, Shan, Y., Liu, Z., He, K. (2016). Performance assessment and outlook of China’s emission-trading scheme. Engineering, 2, 398-401. DOI: 10.1016/J.ENG.2016.04.016
  1. Shao, L.*, Guan, D.*, Zhang, N., Shan, Y., Chen, G.Q. (2016). Carbon emissions from fossil fuel consumption of Beijing in 2012. Environmental Research Letters (IF=4.404), 11, 114028. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/11/114028
  1. Shan, Y.*, Čuček, L., Varbanov, P. S., Klemeš, J. J., Pan, K., & Zhu, H. (2014). Footprints Evaluation of China’s Coal Supply Chains. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 33, 1879-1884. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-444-63455-9.50148-3
  1. Pan, K.*; Zhu, H.; Chang, Z.; Liu, Z.; & Shan, Y. (2014). Coal Flow and Advanced Coal-Fired Power Generation Pathways Analysis for Shanghai (上海煤炭流向与先进燃煤发电路线图分析) [Chinese document]. Shanghai Energy Conservation(上海节能), 1, 18-24.
  1. Pan, K.*, Zhu, H., Chang, Z., Wu, K., Shan, Y., & Liu, Z. (2013). Estimation of Coal-Related CO2 Emissions: The Case of China. Energy & Environment (IF=0.319), 24(7-8), 1309-1321. DOI: 10.1260/0958-305X.24.7-8.1309
  1. Shan, Y.*; Chang, Z.; & Li, H. (2013). The Utilization and Carbon-Emission of Natural Gas – And the Development and Influence of Shale Gas in America (天然气的利用及其相关碳排放——兼论美国页岩气的开发与影响) [Chinese Document]. Shanghai Energy Conservation(上海节能), 2, 23-26.

[1] Paper received enough citations to place it in the top 1% of the relevant academic field based on a highly-cited threshold for the field and publication year.

[2] Paper published in the past two years and received enough citations to place it in the top 0.1% of papers in the relevant academic field.


Conference Organization

  1. Applied Energy International Symposium 2018: Energy-Water-Climate Nexus

Sep 30th – Oct 3rd, 2018, Cambridge, UK

  1. Applied Energy Summer School 2018: Water-Energy Nexus in Global Cities

July 22nd – 31st, 2018, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

  1. Norwich Workshop 2017: Carbon Data Development for Next Generation

July 4th – 5th, 2017, Norwich, UK

  1. Applied Energy Summer School 2017: Low-carbon City Development

July 25th – Aug 3rd, 2017, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China

Contact information

E-mail: Y.Shan@uea.ac.uk

Postal Address

School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia

Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK


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