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Mengye Zhu

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Dr. Mengye Zhu is an assistant research professor at the Center for Global Sustainability. Her research focuses on energy transition and climate mitigation, particularly from a political economy perspective. She has extensive experience conducting fieldwork in the public and private sectors. Her doctoral research analyzed China’s wind power development by exploring the investment logic of central state-owned enterprises (CSOEs) and their interactions with the central/local governments based on in-depth field investigations and both qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Zhu holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Tsinghua University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s degree in Management Sciences from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Before her Ph.D., Zhu worked as a research assistant at the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy and as a policy analyst at the Climate Policy Institute of Tsinghua University.

Areas of Interest
  • Energy transition; renewable energy investment; climate governance; political economy

Successfully addressing the climate crisis while achieving sustainable development goals will require carefully constructed strategies to enact rapid economic transitions to a cleaner economy—tailored to national circumstances and priorities. The Center for Global Sustainability has deep expertise in country-specific analytical and policy approaches across key sectors and in support of a 1.5°C-pathway.

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