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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance


Dr Mengyao Han is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and a Fellow and formerly a Visiting Scholar (2022-2023) in the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). Her main research interests include energy geographies, low-carbon transition, and sustainable development, especially focusing on the complexity and resilience of multi-regional supply networks towards renewable energy transition.

She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed SCI/SSCI articles and participated in about 20 academic projects. She was invited to give a presentation in the China Pavilion at the UN Climate Change Conference, served as a contributing author of China’s National Assessment Report on Climate Change, and contributed to the Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography.

She is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Committee Member of the Energy Geographies Research Group, a Council Member of China’s Energy and Climate Finance Association, and serves as a reviewer for more than 30 internationally academic journals.

More information about her research progress can be found on her profiles on ResearchGate and Google Scholar.


Key publications: 

I. Energy Economics and Energy Geographies

Han, M.Y., Xiong, J., Wang, S.Y., et al., 2020. Chinese photovoltaic poverty alleviation: Geographic distribution, economic benefits and emission mitigation. Energy Policy, 144, 111685.

Liao, M.L., Zhang, Z., Jia, J., Xiong, J., Han, M.Y. (*), 2022. Mapping China’s photovoltaic power geographies: Spatial-temporal evolution, provincial competition and low-carbon transition. Renewable Energy, 191, 251-260.

Xia, Q.Z., Han, M.Y. (*), Guan, S.H., et al., 2022. Tracking embodied energy flows of China’s megacities via multi-scale supply chains. Energy, 260, 125043.

Song, Z.Y., Zhu, Q.L., Han, M.Y. (*), 2021. Tele-connection of global crude oil network: Comparisons between direct trade and embodied flows. Energy, 217, 119359.

Guo, S., Han, M.Y. (*), Yang, Y.P., 2020. Embodied energy flows in China’s economic zones: Jing-Jin-Ji, Yangtze-River-Delta and Pearl-River-Delta. Journal of Cleaner Production, 268, 121710.

Han, M.Y., Tang, J., Lashari, A.K., Abbas, K., Liu, H., Liu, W.D., 2022. Unveiling China’s overseas photovoltaic power stations in Pakistan under low-carbon transition. Land, 11(10), 1719.

Li, Y.L., Han, M.Y. (*), Liu, S.Y., et al., 2019. Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by buildings: A multi-scale perspective. Building and Environment, 151, 240-250.

Han M.Y., Chen G.Q., Shao L., et al., 2013. Embodied energy consumption of building construction engineering: Case study in E-town, Beijing. Energy and Buildings, 64, 62-72.


II. Low-carbon Transition and Global Climate Change

Han, M.Y., 2020. Joint Efforts for a Green Silk Road. One Earth, 3, 267.

Han, M.Y., Lao, J.M., Yao, Q.H., et al., 2020. Carbon inequality and economic development across the Belt and Road regions. Journal of Environmental Management, 262, 110250.

Han, M.Y., Zhang, B., Zhang, Y.Q., et al., 2019. Agricultural CH4 and N2O emissions of major economies: Consumption-vs. production-based perspectives. Journal of Cleaner Production, 210, 276-286.

Yan, C.H., Han, M.Y. (*), Liu, Y., et al., 2021. Household CH4 and N2O footprints of major economies. Earth’s Future, 9, e2021EF002143.

Sun, X.D., Li, Z.Y., Cheng, X.L., Guan, C.H., Han, M.Y. (*), et al., 2022. Global anthropogenic CH4 emissions from 1970 to 2018: Gravity movement and decoupling evolution. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 182, 106335.

Li Y.L., Chen B., Han, M.Y. (*), 2018. Tracking carbon transfers embodied in Chinese municipalities’ domestic and foreign trade. Journal of Cleaner Production, 192, 950-960.

Zhang, J.P., Han, M.Y. (*), 2022. Production- and consumption-based carbon emission decoupling and decomposition of the Belt and Road countries. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 10, 981785.


III. Energy-Water-Land Nexus and Sustainable Development

Liu, S.Y., Zhao, L., Wang, Z.Y., Han, M.Y. (*), et al., 2022. Exploring energy-saving potentials in seawater desalination engineering from the energy-water nexus perspective. Journal of Environmental Management, 312, 114854.

Ai, C., Zhao, L., Song, D., Han, M.Y. (*), et al., 2023. Identifying greenhouse gas emission reduction potentials through large-scale photovoltaic-driven seawater desalination. Science of the Total Environment, 857(3), 159402.

Zhou, W.W., Feng, R.L., Han, M.Y. (*), et al., 2022. Evolution characters and regulation impacts within the global scrap rubber trade network. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 181, 106201.

Han, M.Y., Chen, G.Q., 2018. Global arable land transfers embodied in Mainland China’s foreign trade. Land Use Policy, 70, 521-534.

Han, M.Y., Chen, G.Q., Dunford, M., 2019. Land use balance for urban economy: A multi-scale and multi-type perspective. Land Use Policy, 83, 323-333.

Chen, G.Q., Han, M.Y. (*), 2015. Virtual land use change in China 2002-2010: Internal transition and trade imbalance. Land Use Policy, 47, 55-65.

Han, M.Y., Chen, G.Q., Li, Y.L., 2018. Global water transfers embodied in international trade: Tracking imbalanced and inefficient flows. Journal of Cleaner Production, 184, 50-64.

Han, M.Y., Sui, X., Huang, Z.L., et al., 2014. Bibliometric indicators for sustainable hydropower development. Ecological Indicators, 47, 231-238.

C-EENRG Fellow
Associate Professor, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Mengyao Han