Visiting address
Phone: +852 34424012

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Prof. Dr. Zhang studied in Peking University with double bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and economics. He then moved to Switzerland where he earned his master’s degree in management and Ph.D. in economics from ETH Zurich. Before joining the faculty of City University of Hong Kong, 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 is a council member of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), and the regional representative of Asia-Oceania leaders in energy economics. He has also been the Hong Kong Convention Ambassador appointed by Hong Kong Tourism Board since Jan 2023.

His primary research focuses on energy and sustainability economics. In his ultimate pursuit of regional sustainable development, his work combines multiple tools including economic theory, econometrics, computable general equilibrium modelling, applied machine learning techniques, and integrated interdisciplinary assessment methods to seek policy solutions to sustainability. He has also extended his research interests into issues related to business and urban sustainability.

Research Interests/Areas

  • Energy, Environmental & Sustainability Economics
  • Policy for Sustainable Resource Use
  • Green Business & Finance
  • Economic Development under Climate Risks
  • Interdisciplinary work related to environmental management and urban sustainability

Editor or Editorial Membership

  • Associate Editor: Humanities and Social Sciences Communications (SSCI, Impact factor: 2.731), Springer Nature, since April 2023 
  • Board of International Editors: The Energy Journal (SSCI, Impact factor: 3.494), since Jan 2023
  • Associate Editor: Frontiers in Environmental Science (SCI, Impact factor: 5.411), since 2022
  • Associate Editor: Frontiers in Climate, since 2022
  • Guest Editor for the special issue "Rethinking Green Energy Development: Cognitive Biases", Frontiers in Energy Research (Impact factor: 3.858), 2021
  • Guest Editor for the special issue "Pollution and Economic Development", Economies, 2018.