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 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:
Berkeley-Tsinghua Joint Research Centeron Energy and Climate Change
China Energy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Collaborators (alphabetical):
Daniel M. Kammen, University of California, Berkeley
Dongbo Shi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Fei Teng, Tsinghua University
Haiwang Zhong, Tsinghua University
Hua Liao, Beijing Institute of Technology
Michael B. McElroy, Harvard University
Shiwei Fan, Central University of Finance and Economics
Venkatesh “Venky” Narayanamurti, Harvard University
Yiming Wei, Beijing Institute of Technology
Yong Luo, Tsinghua University

Visiting Scholars (alphabetical):

Joining the Research:
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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