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Senior Research Fellow
Dr Yang LIU

Research Interests
Research Highlights

Dr. LIU Yang joined ESI as a Senior Research Fellow in 2017. He was previously an Energy Specialist at the International Energy Agency (IEA), whereby his work was focused on the monitoring of energy efficiency trends and impacts in emerging economies, as well as providing technical assistance to governments and businesses. Earlier, he advised on governments and influenced policy decision makers in Paris, France and the West African region to accelerate their clean energy and climate finance programmes. He started his professional career as a diplomat in Beijing and in Morocco from 2001 to 2004. 

Dr. LIU has a blend of operational and academic experience in clean energy, public policy, and sustainability strategy. Over the last few years, he has published widely on the topics of energy efficiency, policy evaluation, and technological change in well-recognised journals some of which include Energy Journal and Energy Economics, and he has also co-authored the 2015 and 2016 IEA Global Energy Efficiency Market Reports. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the Ecole Polytechnique of France, Masters in Risk Management from HEC Paris, and Bachelor in Economics and French Literature from the Beijing Foreign Studies University. 

Google Scholar Citations: https://scholar.google.fr/citations?user=B10wyikAAAAJ&hl=fr

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yang_Liu244

Energy Economics
Policy Evaluation
Climate Finance and Emissions Trading Scheme
Energy Efficiency
Technological Change
Macroeconomic Modelling 

Selected Journal Articles

Wei T. and Liu Y. (2017). Estimation of global rebound effect caused by energy efficiency improvement. Energy Economics 66, 27-34. 

Liu, Y. and Wei T. (2016). Market and non-market policies for renewable energy diffusion: a unifying framework and empirical evidence from China’s wind power sector. The Energy Journal 37 (SI1), 195-210

Liu, Y. and Wei T. (2016). Linking the emissions trading schemes of Europe and China - Combining climate and energy policy instruments. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 21 (2), 135-151.

Yao, X., Liu Y., and Qu S. (2015). When Will Wind Energy Achieve Grid Parity in China? – Connecting Technological Learning and Climate Finance. Applied Energy, 160, 697-704.

Liu Y. (2014). CDM and National Policy: Synergy or Conflict? Evidence from the Wind Power Sector in China. Climate Policy, 1-17.

Yao, X., Liu, Y. and Xiao Y. (2014). A Quantile Approach to Assess the Effectiveness of the Subsidy Policy for Energy-Efficient Home Appliances: Evidence from Rizhao, China. Energy Policy 73, 512-18.

Selected Books/Reports

IEA/OECD. (2017). “District heating business models and policy solutions: Unlocking the potential from low-grade industrial excess heat in China”, Working paper. Paris.

IEA/OECD. (2016). “Energy Efficiency in China: Special Report”, Paris.

IEA/OECD. (2016). “Global Energy Efficiency Market Report”, Paris. (https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/mediumtermenergyefficiency2016.pdf)

IEA/OECD. (2015). “Global Energy Efficiency Market Report”, Paris.


Bancal J.C., Kaflon, J. and Liu Y. (2011) “The Clean development mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol.”. Bruylant Editions, Bruxelles. (published in French as « Droit et pratique du mécanisme pour un développement propre du protocole de Kyoto »)


Email: yang_liu@nus.edu.sg
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