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Wei Shen

Research Fellow

Dr Wei Shen is a political economist who worked for development finance agencies in China for over ten years.

His research interest has been mainly focusing on low carbon development and energy transition in China and its impact on international development. As a political economist, he is working on inter-disciplinary issues around central-local and state-business relations in promoting green industries such as renewable energy, carbon markets, and climate finance in China.

Wei is also interested in the social-economic impacts of low carbon transition, particularly on most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and challenges in achieving as just transition in China. In addition to domestic challenges, he is also looking at the global impacts of China low carbon development, around the issues of South-South cooperation in the energy and climate related sectors.

He is currently a lead author of the 6th Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), with specific responsibility for reviewing climate policies and institutions in the global South (Working Group III, Chapter 13).

Wei completed his PhD in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, focusing on the political economy of China’s by-then popular CDM and carbon offset projects. The research was fully funded by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. His recent research regarding China’s ongoing experiment of Emission Trading Schemes is published in journals such as Climate Policy.

Wei is involved as co-investigator in an ESRC-funded research project: The Rising Powers, Clean Energy and the Low Carbon Transition in Southern Africa, led by Professor Marcus Power from Durham University. Previously, Wei has also worked closely with Chinese stakeholders of the newly established carbon market as an external advisor.

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IDS China Centre

The IDS China Centre, part of the IDS International Initiatives, provides research focus on a country transforming global geopolitics due to its strategic importance, role in the global south and its commitment to development. It recognises that tackling universal challenges such as climate...


Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development

The Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development is at the forefront of research and practical analysis that helps connect governments, donors, civil society, and academia to explore new way to address global development challenges.



Putting climate justice at the heart of net zero

What does net zero actually involve and who does it impact? IDS researchers highlight the cost to groups carrying the burden of decarbonisation and argue that pathways to achieving net zero targets must be just, fair and equitable. If not, they risk making the situation even worse for those...

27 September 2021


Wei Shen’s recent work

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Renewable Energy Procurement from Independent Power Producers in Ethiopia

Recognising the importance of a robust procurement framework to attract private investment into the infrastructure sector, including energy, in 2017 the Government of Ethiopia introduced the Public–Private Partnerships policy. From 2018, several non-hydro renewable energy projects were...

16 November 2021