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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance


Dr Jing Meng is a Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London (UCL). Prior to joining UCL, she was a research associate and a C-EENRG Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Her research focus is climate change and air pollution policies, including theories and modelling of environmental economics, energy innovation and sustainable consumption and trade policies. Jing received her Ph.D degree in Environmental Geography from Peking University and a Bachelor’s degree in Building Environment and Energy Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Jing's research focuses on the impact of international trade on the distribution, climate and health impacts of black carbon. Jing is a guest editor of Journal of Environmental Management, and the editorial board member of Journal of Cleaner Production and Global Transitions.

Jing has a proven track record of high quality publications (over 70 articles) in international peer reviewed journals, such as Nature Communication, Nature Geoscience, Nature Climate Change, Nature Plants, Proceedings of the Royal Society A and Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T).


Climate change mitigation

Air pollution 

Energy technological innovation

Theories and modelling of environmental economics


Key publications: 
  1. Mi, Z., Zheng, J., Meng, J. * , Ou J., Hubacek K. et al., 2020. Economic development and converging household carbon footprints in China. Nature Sustainability 1-9.
  2. Meng, J, Yang., H.,,Yi, K., Liu. J. *, Guan, D *, Liu, Z., Mi, Z., Coffman, D. M., Wang, X., Zhong, Q., Huang, T., Meng, W., Tao, S. 2019. The Slowdown in Global Air Pollutant Emission Growth and Driving Factors. One Earth. 1, 138 - 148
  3. Yi, K., Meng, J. #, Yang., H., He. C., Daven K., Liu. J., Guan, D., Liu, Z., Zhang, L., Zhu, Z., Cheng, Y., Tao, S. 2019. The cascade of global trade to large climate forcing over the Tibetan Plateau glaciers. Nature Communications. 10, 3281.
  4. Meng, J, Mi, Z, Guan, D, Tao, S., Li, Y., Liu J. et al. 2018. The rise of South-South trade and its effect on global CO2 emissions. Nature Communications. 9(1), 1871. (highly cited, Top 50 most read Nature Communications Earth and planetary sciences articles* published in 2018)
  5. Guan, D, Meng, J. *(Co-first author and corresponding author), Reiner, D.M., Zhang, N, et al., 2018. Structural decline in China's CO2 emissions through transitions in industry and energy systems. Nature Geoscience. 11(8): 551.
  6. Mi, Z, Meng, J, #, Guan, D, Shan, Y, Song M, Wei Y, et al. 2017. Chinese CO2 emission flows have reversed since the global financial crisis. Nature Communications 8:1712.
  7. Meng, J., Hu, X., Chen, P., Coffman, D.M., Han, M., 2020. The unequal contribution to global energy consumption along the supply chain. J. Environ. Manage. 268, 110701.
  8. Meng, J., Zhang Z., Mi, Z., Anadon, LD, Zheng, H. Zhang B., Shan Yuli., Guan, D. 2018. The role of intermediate trade in the change of carbon flows within China. Energy Economics. 76, 303-312.
  9. Meng, J, Liu, J., Guan, D, Yang, H., Liu, Z., Zhang, J., Ou, J., Dorling, S., Mi, Z., Shen, H., Yi, K., Zhong, Q., and Tao, S. 2018. Origin and radiative forcing of black carbon aerosol: production and consumption perspectives. Environ. Sci. Tech. 52(11), 6380-6389.
  10. Li, Y., Meng, J. (Co-first author), Liu, J., Xu, Y., Guan, D., Tao, W., Huang, Y., Tao, S. 2016. Inter-provincial Reliance for Improving Air Quality in China: A Case Study on Black Carbon Aerosol. Environ. Sci. Tech. 50 (7), pp 4118–4126.
  11. Meng, J., Liu, J., Xu, Y., Guan, D., Liu, Z., Huang, Y., Tao,S. 2016. Globalization and Pollution: Tele-connecting Local Primary PM2.5 Emissions to Global Consumption. Proc. Royal Soc. A. p 20160380.
  12. Meng, J., Mi, Z., Yang,H., Shan, Y., Guan, D., Liu, J. 2017. The consumption-based black carbon emissions of China's megacities. J Clean. Prod. 161, 1275-1282.
  13. Meng, J., Liu, J., Fan, S., Kang, C., Yi, K., Cheng, Y., Shen, X., Tao, S., 2016. Potential health benefits of controlling dust emissions in Beijing. Environ. Pollut. 213, 850-859.
  14. Meng, J., Liu, J., Guo, S., Huang, Y. and Tao, S. 2016. The impact of domestic and foreign trade on energy-related PM emissions in Beijing. Appl. Energy. 184, 853-862.
  15. Meng, J., Liu, J., Xu Y., Tao S. 2015. Tracing Primary PM2. 5 emissions via Chinese supply chains. Environ. Research Letters. 10:054005.
  16. Meng, J., Liu, J., Guo, S., Li, J., Li, Z. and Tao, S. 2015. Trend and driving forces of Beijing’s black carbon emissions from sectoral perspectives. J Clean. Prod. 112, Part 2, 1272-1281.
  17. Meng, J., Chen, G., Shao, L., Li, J., Tang, H., Hayat, T., et al. 2014. Virtual water accounting for building: case study for E-town, Beijing. J Clean. Prod. 68:7-15.
  18. Meng, J., Li, Z., Li, J., Shao, L., Han, M. and Guo, S. Embodied exergy-based assessment of energy and resource consumption of buildings. Frontiers of Earth Science. 2013:1-13.
  19. Han, M., Lao, J., Yao, Q., Zhang, B., & Meng, J. 2020. Carbon inequality and economic development across the Belt and Road regions. Journal of Environmental Management, 262, 110250.
  20. Zheng,H., Zhang,Z,. Zhang,Z., Li,X., Shan, Y., Song, M., Mi, Z., Meng, J. *, Ou,J., Guan,D. 2019 Mapping Carbon and Water Networks in the North China Urban Agglomeration. One Earth. 1(1), 126-137.
  21. Li, X., Shan, Y., Zhang, Z., Yang, L., Meng, J. *, & Guan, D. (2019). Quantity and quality of China's water from demand perspectives. Environmental Research Letters14(12), 124004.
  22. Yang, H., Liu, Y., Liu, J., Meng, J. *, Hu, X., Tao, S. 2019. Improving the Imbalanced Global Supply Chain of Phosphorus Fertilizers. Earth's Future. DOI: 10.1029/2018EF001005
  23. Mi, Z, Meng, J *, Green, F., Coffman, D. M. Guan, D. 2018. China’s “exported carbon” peak: patterns, drivers and implications. Geography Research Letter. 45(9): 4309-4318.
  24. Xia, Y., Guan, D., Meng, J. *, Li, Y., and Shan, Y. 2018. Assessment of the pollution–health–economics nexus in China, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14433-14443.
  25. Zheng, H., Meng, J. *, Mi, Z, Song, M., Shan, Y., Ou, J., Guan, D. 2019. Linking City-level Input-output Table to Urban Energy Footprint: Construction Framework and Application. Journal of Industrial Ecology. 23(4), 781-795.
  26. Mi, Z., Zheng, J., Meng, J. *, Shan, Y., Zheng, H., Ou, J., ... & Wei, Y. M. (2018). China's energy consumption in the new normalEarth's Future. 6(7): 1007-1016.
  27. Mi, Z., Zheng, J., Meng, J. *, Zheng, H., Li, X., Coffman, D.M., Woltjer, J., Wang, S., Guan, D., 2019. Carbon emissions of cities from a consumption-based perspective. Appl. Energy 235, 509-518.
  28. Wang Z, Meng, J *, Zheng H, Shao S, Wang D, Mi Z, et al. 2018, Temporal change in India’s imbalance of carbon emissions embodied in international trade. Appl Energy. 231:914-25.
  29. Mi, Z., Meng, J. *, Zheng, H., Shan, Y., Wei, Y. M., & Guan, D. (2018). A multi-regional input-output table mapping China's economic outputs and interdependencies in 2012. Scientific data, 5, 180155.
  30. Yang, X., Zhang, W., Fan, J., Li, J., & Meng, J*. (2018). The temporal variation of SO2 emissions embodied in Chinese supply chains, 2002–2012. Environmental Pollution, 241, 172-181.
  31. Zhang, B., Zhang., Y., Zhao. X. Meng, J. * (2018). Non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions in China 2012: Inventory and supply chain analysis. Earth's Future. 6(1), 103-116.
  32. Zhang, B., Qu, X., Meng, J. * Sun, X., (2017). Identifying primary energy requirements in structural path analysis: A case study of China 2012. Appl. Energy 191, 425-435.
C-EENRG Fellow
Lecturer, Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management
University College London
Dr Jing  Meng