The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Dr Jing Meng

Dr Jing Meng

Associate Professor

The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
18th Mar 2019

Research summary

My research ambition is to design cost-effective pathways for climate change mitigation and sustainable development.

Topic 1: Energy transitions and Technology Innovation

Comparing expert elicitation and model-based probabilistic technology cost forecasts for the energy transition. Proceedings of the national academy of Sciences, 2021,118(27).

Structural decline in China's CO2 emissions through transitions in industry and energy systems. NatureGeoscience. 2018,11(8): 551. 

Topic 2: Climate Change Policies

Zhang,Z., Guan, D., Wang, R., Meng, J.,Zheng, H., Zhu, K., & Du, H. (2020).Embodied carbon emissions in the supply chains of multinational enterprises. Nature Climate Change, 10(12),1096-1101.

The rise of South-South trade and its effect on global CO2 emissions. NatureCommunications. 2018,9(1),1871. 

ChineseCO2 emission flows have reversed since the global financial crisis. NatureCommunications 2017, 8:1712.

Topic 3: Integrated assessment of the emission-health-socioeconomics nexus

TheSlowdown in Global Air PollutantEmission Growth and Driving Factors. OneEarth. 2019, 1, 138 - 148

A psychophysical measurement on subjective well-being and air pollution. NatureCommunications,2019, 10(1), 1-8.

Assessment of the pollution–health–economics nexus in China, Atmos. Chem. Phys.,2018,14433-14443.


Dr. Jing Meng is an AssociateProfessor at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, UniversityCollege London and a fellow of Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy andNatural Resource Governance. Her research focuses on technology innovation, climatechange policies, and co-mitigation of climate change and air pollution. Jing isa highly cited researcher awarded by Clarivate in cross-board in 2020 -2022 andone of the 35 Innovators under 35 awarded by MIT Technology Review. She has aproven track record of high-quality publications in international peer-reviewedjournals, such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS),Nature Geoscience, Nature Communications, Nature Climate Change and NatureSustainability. Her papers have been awarded the 2017 Best Early CareerArticles in Environmental Research Letters and Top 50 Nature CommunicationsEarth and planetary sciences articles published in 2018.


Jing has leveraged funding fromdiverse organisations to establish a research group to pioneerinterdisciplinary and global research on climate change policies, mitigationcosts and co-benefits. Diverse funding streams include grants from NaturalEnvironment Research Council (NERC), British Council (UK), Quadrature ClimateFoundation, The Royal Society and UCL internal grants.


Jing is serving as an ExecutiveEditor of the Journal of Cleaner Production, associate editor of Journal ofGeophysical Research: Atmospheres and section editor in Energy and Buildings.