The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction


Dr Zhifu Mi selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2019

13 February 2019

A Bartlett lecturer has been chosen to join the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe class of 2019 for his leading work on climate change economics.

Dr Zhifu Mi

Dr Zhifu Mi, Lecturer in Economics and Finance of the Built Environment, has been chosen to join the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe class of 2019 in the Science and Healthcare category. 

The selection recognises Zhifu’s innovative research in the economics of climate change and his potential for creating real world impact in his field.  

Zhifu’s research currently focuses on two main areas: 

  • Consumption-based carbon emission accounting. Zhifu’s work considers the methodologies and applications of consumption-based emission accounting, in which all emissions occurring along the chains of production and distribution are allocated to the final consumers of products.
  • Sharing economies as a pathway to sustainable societies. In collaboration with Professor D’Maris Coffman, Zhifu’s research explores a new business model for a sharing economy in which public authorities, enterprises and consumers can collaborate to achieve environmental and societal benefits.

On being selected, Zhifu says: 

I am very excited to be selected in the Forbes 30 Under 30. It is great that Forbes would like to honour climate change research. Climate change has been a complex collection of political, economic, and environmental issues. My research aims to explore the most cost-effective and equitable pathway to mitigate this.

Forbes’ 30 Under 30 franchise is a global platform, championing young game changers all over the world. This year is Forbes’ fourth annual 30 Under 30 Europe list, with a total of 300 winners across ten categories. The 30 Under 30 list was first launched in the USA in 2011, and has since expanded across Asia, Africa and Europe.

The honorees of the list are judged on leadership and disruption, entrepreneurial mind-set and results, and the likelihood of changing their field over the next half-century. 

Professor D'Maris Coffman, Director of the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, says:

We are thrilled that Zhifu Mi has been recognised in the prestigious 30 Under 30 Europe class of 2019. He is a rising star in the emerging field of climate change economics, where he is working tirelessly to promote a better understanding of the political economy of carbon emissions, and the place of cities in the low carbon transition. His prodigious research productivity, his generosity about research collaborations, and his commitment to building global academic networks to tackle climate change are all in the very best traditions of UCL. We are delighted that Forbes has recognised and rewarded both his ongoing efforts and his enormous potential for truly transformative contributions, and feel very privileged and glad that he has made his academic home at UCL.

Dr Zhifu Mi is a Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, with research interests in the area of climate change economics and energy policy. He has published over 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Communications and serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Cleaner Production and as guest editor of the Applied Energy journal. Since joining the School in 2017 Zhifu has won several early career prizes and best reviewer awards.