Work in progress:

Environmental policy interaction and cross-media substitution

Extreme weather events and electricity supply vulnerability

Working papers :

Growing the economy with green regulation: evidence from industrial firm productivity in China (with Jacquelyn Pless)

Journal articles:

Lu, Y., Springer, C., & Steffen, B. (2024). Cofinancing and infrastructure project outcomes in Chinese lending and overseas development finance. World Development, 175: 106473. (See: working paper translated to Chinese)

Lu, Y., Zhou, X.Y., & Simmons, B. A. (2023). Empirical analysis of Chinese overseas power plant investments: Likelihood of suspensions and associated environmental risks. iScience, 26(8).

Lu, Y., Cohen, F., Smith, S., & Pfeiffer, A. (2022). Plant conversions and abatement technologies cannot prevent stranding of power plant assets in 2°C scenarios. Nature Communications, 13, 806. (See: Infographic)

Chen, C., Lu, Y., & Xing, L. (2021). Levelling renewable power output using hydrogen-based storage systems: A techno-economic analysis. Journal of Energy Storage, 37, 102413.

Cohen, F., Schwarz, M., Li, S., Lu, Y., & Anant, J. (2020). The Challenge of Using Epidemiological Case Count Data: The Example of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and the Weather. Environmental and Resource Economics, 76, 447–517. 

Chen, C., Lu, Y., & Banares-Alcantara, R. (2019). Direct and indirect electrification of chemical industry using methanol production as a case study. Applied Energy, 243, 71-90.

Han, W., Geng, Y., Lu, Y., Wilson, J., Sun, L., Satoshi, O., … & Qian, Y. (2018). Urban metabolism of megacities: A comparative analysis of Shanghai, Tokyo, London and Paris to inform low carbon and sustainable development pathways. Energy, 155, 887-898.

Lu, Y., Geng, Y., Liu, Z., Cote, R., & Yu, X. (2017). Measuring sustainability at the community level: An overview of China’s indicator system on National Demonstration Sustainable Communities. Journal of cleaner production, 143, 326-335.

Lu, Y., Geng, Y., Qian, Y., Han, W., McDowall, W., & Bleischwitz, R. (2016). Changes of human time and land use pattern in one mega city’s urban metabolism: a multi-scale integrated analysis of Shanghai. Journal of Cleaner Production, 133, 391-401.

Policy reports:

Springer, C., Lu, Y., & Chi, H. (2022). Understanding China's Global Electric Power : 2022 Update . Global Development Policy Center, Boston University

Hepburn, C., Cohen, F., Ives, M., Srivastav, S., Schwarz, M., Lu, Y., Mealy, P., De Souza, P., & Jackson, L. (2020). Climate change and emerging markets after Covid-19. Pictet Asset Management.

Selected media:

La Vanguardia, Nada puede salvar los combustibles fósiles, March 2022

Eco Voice, Fossil fuel industry can't rely on carbon capture and bioenergy to save its assets, February 2022

Forbes, China just promised to go carbon neutral by 2060. How important is that? September 2020

The Telegraph, The Independent, Evening Standard, The Daily Mail and more than 200 UK local outlets by the Press Association, France, Ireland, Middle East, China, Netherland and other international medias, BBC South Today, a local Chinese TV, We still don’t know if warmer weather slows down the spread of COVID-19, July 2020

Conferences & Seminars:


Nature Energy, Joule, Environment and Development Economics, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies