This fall the Harvard-China Project continued its investigations of the “China 2030/2050: Energy and Environmental Challenges for the Future” theme sponsored by the Harvard Global Institute (HGI). Our community reflected on the Summer 2018 Undergrad Research Assistantship program in China, during which eight Harvard undergraduates partnered with Chinese professors at Tsinghua University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong to research a variety of energy and environmental topics. Their experience, chronicled by a Harvard Gazette article, was designed to foster closer relationships between Harvard and institutions in China, as well as to help students understand the international dimensions of global environmental issues.
The China Project also sat down with Tsinghua University Associate Professor and Project researcher, Jing Cao, to discuss her recent study published in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resources Economists that took advantage of Chinese superstition of the number "4" to analyze the effects that air pollution has on health in Beijing. Her findings were also the subject of a China Project Medium blog.
The fall also saw a number of events, including a talk held at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and co-sponsored by the Department of Urban Planning and Design. The speaker, Prof. Lingqian (Ivy) Hu of the Department of Urban Planning at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, spoke on the relationship of urban structure and travel behavior in Chinese cities, and consulted with China Project researchers on the Project's ongoing interdisciplinary research on Chengdu city, based on an original eleven-year household survey dataset.
In November, China Project Faculty Chair Michael McElroy attended the 2018 annual general meeting of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) in Beijing with Project Executive Director Chris Nielsen. The CCICED is the highest international advisory body providing recommendations on environment and development to China’s top leaders.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Meng Gao, is spotlighted in this edition of the newsletter. Meng conducts research on haze in China and India, and the impact of climate change on these trends. He is also collaborating with Prof. John Evans of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, looking at the health impacts of fine particulate matter, and working with other Harvard-China Project researchers to examine the long-term effects of climate change on wind power potential. A story on Meng is available on the China Project Medium blog.
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