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LPS-GY202 Towards a Sustainable Future: China's Environmental Challenges

Professor Zhang Shiqui, Professor, Environmental Economics and Director, Institute of Environment and Economy, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University

Course outline

This course provides a comprehensive analysis of the most important environmental challenges that Chinese economy and society are facing, these under the context of globalization, social and economic development.

By using environmental economic tools and models, and some empirical studies, students will study China's environmental dilemmas: green growth and sustainability; trade and environment; poverty alleviation and ecological conservation; the proper roles of the government, the market and the civil society in managing the changes; the impact on society due to environmental degradation and how Chinese society can be a catalyst for change.

There is also a strong international dimension to the course, placing China's environmental challenges in the global discussion on climate change and other global environmental problems. Students will examine the current global regulatory structures and the politics of future international and domestic regulatory reform.

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About the Instructor


Professor Zhang Shiqiu is Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of the Institute of Environment and Economy at the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University. She obtained her Bachelor of Economics and PhD in Environmental Management from Peking University.

She teaches environmental economics and conducts research related to environment and development issues, including environmental and resource economics, environmental policy and environmental management. Her research projects have focused on the economic analysis of a multiple pollutants control strategy, regional management and policy evaluation, as well as air quality control, including for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

She is the senior expert member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Technology and Economic Assessment Panel for implementing the Montreal Protocol, and co-chair of the Task Force for Replenishment of the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol. She has won numerous Chinese and international awards for her contribution to environment studies.