Dr. ZHANG Lin (張林)

BEng (PKU), BSc (PKU), PhD (ETH Zurich)

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34424012

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes


Dr. Lin Zhang is an Assistant Professor (with tenure track) in the School of Energy and Environment at City University of Hong Kong. Zhang’s research aims to develop improved quantitative modeling approaches for the design, evaluation, and upgrade of sustainable energy policies at local, regional, and global levels. His work employs applied economic modeling framework to explore the interaction among the economy, energy, and the environment. His research focuses on energy and environmental economics; public policy evaluation and policy design; energy efficiency; sustainability; environmental management; integrated assessment model for economic-energy-environmental system. 

Before joining the faculty of City University of Hong Kong in 2016, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich. He was also a researcher associated with the Energy Science Center, Simulation Lab, and the Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society, and Transition in Switzerland. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from ETH Zurich, and was awarded a prize (best doctoral thesis of the year) by Swiss Association of Energy Economics for his PhD work. He gained his MSc degree in economics and management from the same university. Dr. Zhang studied in Peking University where he received a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and a Double Bachelor in Economics.

Zhang's research has been published in leading general-interest, top-field, and interdisciplinary journals including the European Economic Review, China Economic Review, Energy Economics, Resource and Energy Economics, The Energy Journal, Energy efficiency, and Energy Policy. His research is funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Swiss National Science Foundation, Research Grants Council in Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, European Environmental Agency, among others. He serves as a reviewer for many SCI/SSCI listed journals and on the editorial board of Economies.

Research Interests/Areas

Energy and environmental economics;
Public policy evaluation and policy design;
Energy efficiency;
Sustainability and sustainable development;
Environmental management;
Integrated assessment model for economic-energy-environmental system.


Invited workshops & conference presentations

  • Aug. 2017, presenter, CAERE first Annual conference, Beijing, China
  • Aug. 2017, presenter, EAAERE, Singapore
  • Jun. 2017, presenter, 23rd Annual conference EAERE, Athens, Greece
  • Apr. 2017, invited talk, The University of Hong Kong, HK
  • Nov. 2016, poster, IAMC2016, Beijing, China
  • Sep. 2016, invited, 3rd Swiss Energy Modeling Platform Workshop, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Jun. 2016, presenter, 22nd Annual EAERE Meeting, Zurich, Switzerland
  • May. 2016, invited seminar, School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong
  • Mar. 2016, invited discussant, 2nd Swiss Energy Modeling Platform Workshop, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Nov. 2015, invited talk, 1st Swiss Energy Modeling Platform Workshop, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Nov. 2015, invited talk, New developments in CGE modeling, ZEW Mannheim, Germany
  • Sep. 2015, presenter, Economics of innovation, diffusion, growth and the environment, LSE, UK
  • Jun. 2015, presenter, EAERE Annual meeting, Helsinki, Finland
  • May. 2015, presenter, Spring meeting of young economists, Ghent, Belgium
  • Aug. 2014, invited young scientist, 5th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting on Economics Sciences, Lindau, Germany
  • Jun. 2014, presenter, World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jun. 2014, presenter, Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics, Ascona, Switzerland
  • Oct. 2013, speaker, SAEE workshop, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Jun. 2013, presenter, SSES Annual Meeting 2013, Neuchatel, Switzerland
  • Feb. 2012, young speaker, World Sustainable Energy Days 2012, Wels/Linz, Austria
  • Nov. 2011, invited participant, Workshop on CGE Modeling in GAMS/MCP, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Aug. 2011, invited young economist, 4th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting on Economics Sciences, Lindau, Germany
  • Jun. 2011, invited participant, eceee 2011 Summer Study, Belambra Presqu’ile de Giens, France