Dr. Lin ZHANG

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

Assistant Professor (School of Energy and Environment)

Dr. Lin ZHANG

Contact Information

Office: AC1-B5437
Phone: +(852)-3442-4012
Fax: +(852)-3442-0688
Email: l.zhang@cityu.edu.hk
Time slots for consultation
Web: https://lzhanghk.wixsite.com/econ

Research Interests

  • Energy and environmental economics
  • Efficiency and productivity analysis
  • Energy policy
  • Applied economics
  • Computable general equilibrium modeling

Dr. Lin Zhang holds a Bachelor in economics and a Bachelor in mechanical engineering from Peking University, a MSc in management and economics and a Ph.D. in economics from ETH Zurich. Subsequently 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. With a focus on energy and environmental economics, his 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. He also develops econometric models to study energy demand and efficiency, as well as dynamic general equilibrium models for the integration of technology details with macroeconomic models.

Zhang’s work has been extensively presented in international conferences and published in leading peer-reviewed international journals in energy economics. In addition, his findings have been well received by Swiss Federal Office of Energy. He serves as the reviewer for the 21st Spring Meeting of Young Economists (2016) and many international journals. He was on the board of local organizing committee for the 22nd Annual meeting of European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (2016), Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics (2012, 2014), and the organizer for the institutional network meeting for China at EAERE (2016).

Research Interests:

  • Energy and environmental economics
  • Efficiency and productivity analysis
  • Energy policy
  • Applied economics
  • Computable general equilibrium modeling

Position(s) available

Research Assistant in the field of Energy policy and economics at the School of Energy and Environment

  • Duties
    The appointee shall (i) assist for course preparations; (ii) conduct preliminary data analysis; (iii) help on other research activities of the group.

  • Length of appointment
    The appointment shall last for three to six months initially.

  • Requirements
    The applicant should hold a Master or a Ph.D. degree in economics. Candidates with experience in one or many of the fields listed below are preferred.
    • Macroeconomics
    • Applied econometrics
    • Energy policy and economics

    Strong oral and written communication skills in English are essential.

    (For enquiries, please contact Dr. Lin Zhang at email, l.zhang@cityu.edu.hk.)

  • Application
    To apply, please submit your application to Dr. Zhang at l.zhang@cityu.edu.hk, with a covering letter and current curriculum vitae.  Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary offered will be highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The University’s privacy policy is available on the homepage.

Post-Doc position

The successful applicant should have a PhD in economics and a strong interest in energy economics and computable general equilibrium. Expertise with CGE modelling is of particular value. The preferred candidate has demonstrated through his or her dissertation a high quality of research output, ideally with 1-3 papers under revision or accepted for publication in international refereed journals. Excellent command of English is required. Click HERE to see how to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

PhD position

The candidates are expected to work on research topics such as developing numerical methods for the analysis of energy economic problems, evaluating energy and environmental policies using economic tools. The successful applicant should hold a master in economics, mathematics, or related fields, more information can be obtained HERE.

City University of Hong Kong is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially applicants who will enhance the diversity of our staff.

Recent Publications

  • L. Zhang (forthcoming): Correcting the uneven burden sharing of emission reduction across provinces in China. Energy Economics.
  • L. Bretschger, F. Lechthaler, S. Rausch and L. Zhang (2017): Knowledge diffusion, endogenous growth and the costs of global climate policy. European Economic Review, 93, 47-72. (Available online)
  • L. Zhang (2017): The knowledge spillover effects of FDI on the productivity and efficiency of research activities in China. China Economic Review. 42, 1-14. (Available online)
  • L. Bretschger and L. Zhang* (2017): Carbon policy in a high-growth economy: The case of China. Resource and Energy Economics, 47, 1-19. (Available online)
  • L. Bretschger and L. Zhang* (2017): Nuclear phase-out under stringent climate policies: A dynamic macroeconomic analysis. The Energy Journal, International Association of Energy Economics, 38(1), 167-194. (Available online)
  • M. Filippini and L. Zhang* (2016): Estimation of the energy efficiency in Chinese provinces. Energy Efficiency, 9(6), 1315-1328. (Available online)
  • V. C. Jaunky and L. Zhang* (2016): Convergence of operational efficiency in China’s provincial power sector. The Energy Journal, International Association of Energy Economics, Vol. 37, SI1, 3-27. (Available online)
  • L. Bretschger and L. Zhang* (2014): Exploring the Limits in Dynamic Energy Modelling: Bottom-up framework, uncertainty, and multi-regional setup using the CITE model approach, Final Report for the Swiss Federal Office Of Energy, Publication 290981, Bern, Switzerland. (Available online)
  • L. Zhang (2013): Model projections and policy reviews for energy saving in China’s service sector. Energy Policy, Volume 59, 312-320. (Available online)

Invited workshops & conference presentations

  • Sep. 2016 (scheduled), 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