Prof. LI Wanxin (李万新)

BE in ME and MA in economics @ Tsinghua.

MS in statistics and PhD in public policy @ Virginia Tech

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34429651

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Willing to take PhD students: yes


Wanxin Li is highly experienced with evidence-based and transdisciplinary policy research for achieving sustainability transitions. Having had the privilege working with the World Bank, OECD, and Tsinghua University, she contributed significantly to discovering why and how socio-technological innovations emerge and make impacts, in the context of the multi-level governance structure in China. Her research output appears in tier one academic journals such as Nature and Land Use Policy. Besides the academia, her work has been well received by policymakers, practitioners, and international organizations. For example, she was invited to speak at the OECD International Conference on Environmental Compliance Assurance in Paris, and the Trade and Environment Session of the WTO Public Forum in Geneva. She is also highly effective in guiding students to learn the craft of designing and executing problem driven independent projects. For example, the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Green Ambassador Scheme that she directed was selected as one of the flagship projects presented at the Climate Change Stakeholder Engagement Forum held by the Hong Kong SAR Government on 12 July 2016. 

Research Interests/Areas

  • Socio-technological innovation
  • Policy design and governance
  • Institutional capacity
  • Economic and social well-being


  • Environmental governance
  • Public policy analysis
  • Research methods


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