China Project

China Project

Solutions to China’s energy and climate challenges involve complex scientific and technological issues. The design of public policy in addressing these issues requires access to the frontier of scientific knowledge, an appreciation of technological innovation process, the blending of scientific insights with those from other relevant disciplines, and an understanding of China’s political governance. The BECI-China Project, founded in 2017 and directed by Philomathia Fellow Junling Huang, seeks to address China’s energy and climate challenges by bringing science and technology into the design of public policy. BECI director Paul Wright is the architect of this project.

Our Mission:
The BECI-China Project investigates the transformation of China’s energy system, with further emphasis on U.S.-China cooperation.

Our Strategy:
The BECI-China Project operates at the intersection of science, technology and public policy. In a somewhat oversimplified way, the research can be divided into those concerned with science in policy and those concerned with policy for science. The first is concerned with matters that are basically political or administrative but are significantly dependent upon technical factors. The second is concerned with the development of policies for the management and support of the national scientific enterprise and with the selection and evaluation of substantive scientific programs.

Our Partnership:
The BECI-China Project has formed the strategic partnerships with two well-established institutes on China’s energy and climate policy: the China Energy Group at LNBL with Dr. Lynn Price and Dr. Jiang Lin as our key colleagues, and the Laboratory of Low Carbon Energy at Tsinghua University with Prof. Jiankun He and Prof. Fei Teng as our main contacts. Part of our research activities will be conducted under the Berkeley-Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change.

Timetable for Launching the Project:
BECI sets a timetable of 3 years to fully launch the China Project with emphases on research, outreach and education:
  • 2017: develop the big ideas (mission and strategy), and initiate research projects
  • 2018: build connections to relevant external communities and communicate our big ideas
  • 2019: design a course on China’s energy issues, and refine and augment the original big ideas
An external advisory committee will be formed to evaluate the BECI-China Project at the end of the launching period.

Research & Publications:
BECI-China Project Research and Publications Archive

Collaborators in China (alphabetical):
Dongbo Shi, Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Fei Teng, Professor at Tsinghua University
Haiwang Zhong, Professor at Tsinghua University
Hua Liao, Professor at Beijing Institute of Technology
Shiwei Fan, Professor at Central University of Finance and Economics
Yiming Wei, Professor at Beijing Institute of Technology
Yong Luo, Professor at Tsinghua University

Visiting and Affiliated Scholars (alphabetical):
Jianxiao Wang, PhD student at Tsinghua University
Yuejun Zhang, Professor at Hunan University

Alumni (alphabetical):
Complete list of BECI-China Project Alumni

Joining the Research:
Conducting research at the intersection of science, technology and public policy is the tradition and the objective of the BECI-China project. Due to the cross-disciplinary nature of this project, we welcome collaborations and partnerships across UC Berkeley, LBNL and other institutions.
1.  Current Students at UC Berkeley:
The BECI-China Project welcomes inquiries from current undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley about contributing to Project research.
2.  Visiting Scholar Program:
The BECI-China Project welcomes visiting scholars to contribute to building our research capacity on China. Knowledge related to China’s energy and climate issues is required. Chinese language skills are required. The position is especially suitable for Ph.D. candidates and junior faculty from China who can be supported by the 1 year fellowship from the China Scholarship Council or other external funding sources.
Applicants should email a CV and a one-page statement of interest to Junling Huang.

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