Associate Professor at the University of Birmingham


Dr Yuli Shan is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Transitions at the University of Birmingham. He is a Global Highly Cited Researcher and World Top 2% Scientist since 2020. Before joining the University of Birmingham, he worked at the University of Groningen as a 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 Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member of several journals including Scientific Data, Advances in Applied Energy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Advances in Climate Change Research, Transactions in Energy and Sustainability, and Frontiers in Sustainable Cities.
Yuli’s research focuses on accounting for greenhouse gas emissions, climate 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 Change, Nature Sustainability, Nature Geoscience, Nature Food, and Science Advances. His paper has been cited over 10,000 times (h-index 45), and 24 of them are ESI highly cited papers and 15 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 400+ thousand times per year and reused in over 800 journal papers.
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.

Research Interests

GHG emission accounting, climate change economics, sustainable transitions, city, emerging countries