Wei Shen - Research Fellow
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Dr Wei Shen is a political economist who worked for development finance agencies in China for over ten years. His research interests include: the political economy of China’s low-carbon transformation and climate change policies; China’s role in global climate finance and climate governance; and South-South cooperation on climate change issues. He is particularly interested in the role of business and private actors in the process of low-carbon transformation in the rising powers like China and India.
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.
Local Climate Governance and Policy Innovation in China: A Case Study of a Piloting Emission Trading Scheme in Guangdong ProvinceAsian Journal of Political Science (2017)
This paper investigates how piloting programmes in China can promote local policy innovations. By using one of the piloting emission trading schemes (ETS) in Guangdong province as a case study, it is argued that the main features of the piloting experiments, particularly in the climate change domain, are largely different from previous local marketization experiments that dominate the reform period of China. More details
The Political Economy for Low-carbon Energy Transition in China: Towards a New Policy Paradigm?New Political Economy (2017)
China has become the leading country to develop wind and solar energy industries. By presenting the institutional arrangement and interest constellations of China’s regulatory system of renewable energy sectors, this paper argues that the reasons for China’s swift expansion of wind and solar energy investment go beyond the notion of a state-led model. More details
Who Drives China's Renewable Energy Policies? Understanding the Role of Industrial CorporationsEnvironmental Development (2016)
This paper investigates the rise of a policy community in China's renewable energy sectors. More details
Africa and the Export of China's Clean Energy RevolutionThird World Quarterly (2016)
This paper explores the growing involvement of China in the development and transfer of renewable energy technologies in Africa and examines the key drivers and obstacles shaping Chinese renewable energy investments and exports. More details
A New Era for China’s Renewable Energy Development? External Shocks, Internal Struggles and Policy ChangesIDS Evidence Report 196 (2016)
As the world’s largest greenhouse gas (GHG) polluter, China’s annual emissions accounted for almost 30 per cent of the world’s total emissions in 2014 – more than the United States (15 per cent) and the European Union (10 per cent) combined. More details
Can China be a global climate leader?08 Jun 2017
By Wei Shen
Can renewable energy help address poverty in China?07 Nov 2016
By Sam Geall, Wei Shen
China’s top political meetings and the energy ‘new normal’22 Mar 2016
By Wei Shen, Sam Geall
China’s largest wind farm plan and the politics of renewable energy08 Dec 2015
By Wei Shen, Sam Geall