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Prof. Ye QI

Director, Institute for Public Policy
Professor, Division of Public Policy

Tel:(852) 2358 8327





Ye QI is Professor of Public Policy and Director of Institute of Public Policy at Hong Kong University Science and Technology. Prior to joining HKUST in January 2019, he was the Cheung Kong Professor of Environmental Policy and Management at Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management, and the Volkswagen Professor of Sustainability at Schwarzman College. From April 2014 to January 2019, he was Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Director of Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy. He was appointed as Cheung Kong Professor of Environmental Science at Beijing Normal University from 2002-2005. Before returning to China in 2003, he taught ecosystem management and climate change science at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at University of California, Berkeley from 1996 through 2003. Ye Qi received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science in 1994 jointly awarded by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University.


Ye’s research areas include the governance and policy of the environment, energy, climate change and urbanization. His current research focuses on the energy transition and low-carbon development in a rapidly urbanizing world. He led China’s first low-carbon development plan for the city of Baoding. He has been leading the research and writing of the Annual Review of Low-Carbon Development in China since 2010, among the seven published reports, two volumes were translated into English and published by international presses. He has published 136 papers in key peer-reviewed journals, 14 edited books; 36 book chapters and monographs, 27 articles published on newspapers, think tank outlets and other magazines.




  • Chinese environmental and energy policy

  • Environmental policy and governance

  • Climate change and global environmental governance

  • Sustainability science and governance

  • Sustainable Urbanization




  • Qi, Ye, Wenjuan Dong, Changgui Dong, and Caiwei Huang, 2019. Understanding Institutional Barriers for Wind Curtailment in China. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews

  • Qi Ye, Nicholas Stern, Wu Tong, Lu Jiaqi and Fergus Green. 2016. China's Post-Coal Growth. Nature Geoscience, 9(8): 564-566.

  • Qi, Y., T. Wu, J. He and D. A. King, 2013. China’s Carbon Conundrum, Nature Geoscience, 6: 507-509.

  • Dong, Changgui, *Qi Ye, Dong Wenjuan, Lu Xi, Liu, Tianle, & Qian Shuai. 2018. Decomposing driving factors for wind curtailment under economic new normal in China. Applied Energy, 217, pp:178-188.

  • Zhu, Mengye, *Ye Qi, David Belis, Jiaqi Lu, Bart Kerremans, The paradox of wind energy investment in China: Understanding decision-making by State-Owned Enterprises, Energy Policy, in press.

  • Qi, Ye and Lingyun Zhang, 2014, Local Environmental Enforcement Constrained by Central-Local Relations in China, Environmental Policy & Governance, 2014, 24 (3):216–232.

  • Qi Y. and T. Wu. 2013. The Politics of Climate Change in China. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews - Climate Change, 4: 301-313.

  • Qi, Ye; Huimin Li and Tong Wu, 2013. Interpreting China’s carbon flows. 2013. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110: 11221-11222.