Chunping was a Senior Policy Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, leading a programme to inform decision-making about China’s policies on climate change, energy, economics and development.

Holding a PhD in Energy Economics, her research interests focus on promoting clean energy transition and sustainable economic development, with multidisciplinary expertise in economics, energy technologies and energy/climate policy.

She is Co-PI for the EPSRC-funded Plasma Assisted Thermo-CHemical energy storage for Carnot batteries (PATCH) (£1.1M), leading a Work Package on assessing the economic performance and policy barriers of a novel energy storage technology.

She is a member of the Organization Committee of the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC), devoted to advancing climate change solutions through research, education, and public outreach.

Chunping is an Associate Editor of the journal “Progress in Energy”. She also sits on the Editorial Board of the journal Energy Storage and Saving (ENSS), and is a Young Editorial Board Member of the journal Applied Energy.


Prior to joining the Grantham Institute, Chunping worked at the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES), University of Birmingham, with a special emphasis on developing techno-economic models for the integration of energy storage technology into energy systems, to support the UK’s net zero transition. Before that she worked at King’s College London, looking at the global fossil energy markets with a major focus on Russian gas and its geopolitical and geo-economic impacts on the European Union and China.

Research interests

  • Growth and Innovation
  • Policy Design and Evaluation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Energy Transition towards a Low-carbon Future


Research - 2023

Research - 2022

Research - 2021

This paper discusses major action areas for China's 14th Five-Year Plan after COVID-19, especially focusing on three aspects: the energy transition, a new type of sustainable urban development, and investment priorities. Read more

Research - 2020

Research - 2019


Policy - 2023

This report rethinks basic issues in economics in describing a new development strategy for China, focusing on theories of value, the definition and measurement of wellbeing and wealth, and analytical frameworks for individual and collective behaviour. It sets out guiding principles and actions to reshape key sectors. Read more

Policy - 2022

Policy - 2021

Policy - 2020

This paper examines the role of investment in physical, human, natural and social capital in the new phase of growth China is entering. It provides the beginnings of an analytical framework for key elements of this new growth story, examining how a focus on the four types of capital can help deliver prosperity through China’s 14th Five-Year Plan and Belt and Road Initiative. Read more

The first of two papers that offer an outline of strategies and policies for an innovative, sustainable and low-carbon approach to China’s development, this paper offers an approach that could spell out a new development strategy for the country as the 21st century progresses, to inform decision-making for China’s 14th Five-Year Plan. Read more


News - 2023

News - 2022

China faces a golden opportunity to strengthen its climate leadership internationally in the areas of renewable energy, sustainable finance and innovation. Having already made important steps towards its climate goals domestically, the time is right for China to look globally, argues a new paper by leading policy advisors.  Read more

News - 2021

In this editorial article for China Daily Nicholas Stern and Xie Chunping assess the importance of the joint declaration by China and the United States of their determination to work together to tackle climate change. The declaration was made during the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. Read more

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