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

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 PhD 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. Besides his position at School of Energy and Environment, Dr. Zhang has a joint appointment in the Department of Public and International Affairs, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He has been elected as a council member of International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).

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 research interests into issues related to business and urban sustainability.

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Dr. Zhang’s work contributes to the following SDG(s):

17 goals

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Research Interests:

  • Energy & Sustainability Economics
  • Policy for Sustainable Resource Use
  • Green Business & Finance
  • Economic Development under Climate Risks

Position(s) available

Open positions in Dr. Zhang’s group can be found at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/see_eeem/open-positions.html.

Recent Publications

A: Economics Journals

  • Y. An and L. Zhang (2023): The Thirst for Power: The Impacts of Water Availability on Electricity Generation in China. The Energy Journal, 44(2), 205-240. (Available online
  • Y. Yao, X. Li, R. Smyth, L. Zhang (2022): Air pollution and political trust in local government: Evidence from China. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 115, 102724 (Available online)
  • B. Zhu, C. Xu, P. Wang, L. Zhang (2022): How does internal carbon pricing affect corporate environmental performance? Journal of Business Research, 145, June 2022, Pages 65-77. (Available online)
  • C. Karydas and L. Zhang (2019): Green tax reform, endogenous innovation and the growth dividend. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 97, 158-181. (Available online)​
  • L. Zhang (2017): Correcting the uneven burden sharing of emission reduction across provinces in China. Energy Economics, 64, 335-345. (Available online)
  • 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)


B: Interdisciplinary Journals

  • Y. An, N. Liu, L. Zhang, H. Zheng (2022): Adapting to Climate Risks through Cross-Border Investments: Industrial Vulnerability and Smart City Resilience. Climatic Change, 174, 10. (Available online)
  • Y. An, Q. Li, L. Zhang (2022): Managing Agricultural Water Use in a Changing Climate in China. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 33, 978-990. (Available online)
  • H. Zhang, L. Zhou, N. Liu, L. Zhang (2022): Seemingly bounded knowledge, trust, and public acceptance: How does citizen's environmental knowledge affect facility siting? Journal of Environmental Management, 320, 115941. (Available online)
  • L. Fang, F. Wu, Y. Yu, L. Zhang (2020): Irrigation technology and water rebound in China's agricultural sector. Journal of Industrial Ecology. (Available online
  • W. Sheng, L. Zhang and I. Ridley (2020): The impact of minimum OTTV legislation on building energy consumption. Energy Policy, 136. (Available online
  • M. Filippini and L. Zhang (2016): Estimation of the energy efficiency in Chinese provinces. Energy Efficiency, 9(6), 1315-1328. (Available online


C: Full list of publication

Please check HERE for the full list of my publications.

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Research Interests
  • Energy & Sustainability Economics
  • Policy for Sustainable Resource Use
  • Green Business & Finance
  • Economic Development under Climate Risks