Founded in 1993, the interdisciplinary Harvard-China Project, based in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), conducts peer-reviewed research on China’s economy, energy, atmospheric environment (both air pollution and greenhouse gases), and environmental health. The Project pursues two collaborative mandates: crossing disciplines and schools at Harvard and integrating Harvard-based research efforts with work by affiliates at Chinese universities.
It has built up research capacities in a range of fields: atmospheric transport and chemistry modeling; atmospheric measurement at a station near Beijing operated jointly with Tsinghua University; bottom-up assessment of air pollution and GHG emissions, tested against observations; investigation of renewable and low-carbon electric power potentials, including grid integration; general equilibrium modeling of China’s economy and energy use; modeling health impacts of pollution exposures; analyses of urban transport, land use, and environment; and integrated assessment of economic costs and environmental benefits of national policies to control emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases.
The Project currently involves 10 faculty members from four Harvard schools and a similar number of collaborating professors in China, from disciplines ranging across natural, applied, and health sciences, economics, law, public policy, and other fields.
The Project hosts regular research seminars and occasional university-wide public lectures, as well as research symposia at Harvard and in China.
Michael McElroy, Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies, serves as the Chair of the China Project, while Chris Nielsen serves as the Executive Director. Dale W. Jorgenson, Samuel W. Morris University Professor, leads the major economics component of the Project.