The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Prof Zhifu Mi

Prof Zhifu Mi

Professor of Climate Change Economics

The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
6th Oct 2017

Research summary

Topic 1: Carbon footprints. 

  • Z Mi*, J Zheng, J Meng*, J Ou, K Hubacek, Z Liu, D Coffman, N Stern, S Liang, Y-M Wei*. Economic development and converging household carbon footprints in China. Nature Sustainability. 2020, 3, 529–537.
  • Z Mi, J Meng, D Guan*, Y Shan, M Song, YM Wei, Z Liu, K Hubacek. Chinese CO2 emission flows have reversed since the global financial crisis. Nature Communications. 2017, 8, 1712. 

 Topic 2: Air pollution and health. 

  • M Romanello, …, Z Mi, …, I Hamilton*. The 2021 Report of the Lancet countdown on health and climate change. Lancet. 2021, 398(10311), 1619-1662. 
  • L Tang, J Qu, Z Mi*, X Bo*, X Chang, L D Anadon, S Wang, X Xue, S Li, X Wang, X Zhao. Substantial emission reductions from Chinese power plants after the introduction of ultra-low emissions standards. Nature Energy. 2019, 4, 929-938. 
  • L Chen, S Liang*, M Liu, Y Yi, Z Mi*, Y Zhang, Y Li, J Qi, J Meng, X Tang, H Zhang, Y Tong, W Zhang, X Wang, J Shu*, Z Yang*. Trans-provincial health impacts of atmospheric mercury emissions in China, Nature Communications. 2019, 10, 1484. 

Topic 3: Sharing economy. 

  • Z Mi*, D Coffman*. The sharing economy promotes sustainable societies. Nature Communications. 2019, 10, 1214. 
  • Y Zhang, Z Mi*. Environmental benefits of bike sharing: A big data-based analysis. Applied Energy. 2018, 220: 296-301.

Topic 4: Climate change integrated assessment model (IAM).

  • P Yang, Z Mi*, YF Yao, YF Cao, DM Coffman, LC Liu. Solely economic mitigation strategy suggests upward revision of nationally determined contributions. One Earth. 2021, 4(8): 1150-1162. 
  • P Yang, YF Yao, Z Mi*, YF Cao, H Liao, BY Yu, QM Liang, DM Coffman, YM Wei*. Social cost of carbon under shared socioeconomic pathways. Global Environmental Change. 2018, 53: 225-32. 

Teaching summary

BCPM0002: The Economic Institutions of the Construction Industry.
This module is in two main parts. Part (A) introduces students to the methods and concepts of modern microeconomics that can be effectively used to analyse the basic economic institutions, structure and relationships of construction. The perspective is that of decision-makers in a firms, facing constraints imposed by specific forms of competitions and market context. In part (B) we introduce the key ideas of macro-economics and use them to develop an understanding of the factors affecting the aggregate level of demand for construction firms within the contracting system and its constituent markets.

BCPM0068: Economics II. 

The aim of this module is to introduce the basics of statistical methods as a foundation on which to explore the world of finance. By the end of the unit, students can expect they will be aware of the main forms of finance used by the various types of businesses in the construction industry.

BCPM0084: Input-Output Analysis and Its Applications. 
In this module, students will learn the fundamentals of input-output analysis which is a quantitative economic model that represents the interdependencies between different sectors of an economy or different regional economies. The model will be used to analyse the environmental impacts of economic activities and estimate environmental footprints of one region (e.g., the UK) or sector (e.g., construction). 


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow | 2019
Beijing Institute of Technology
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2015
Shandong University
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2010


Dr. Zhifu Mi is a Professor of Climate Change Economics at University College London (UCL). He has published papers in leading journals, such as Lancet, Science Advances, Nature Energy, Nature Food, and Nature Sustainability. He has been leading research grants funded by the EPSRC, Royal Society, and British Council.

He was named in the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers list and Forbes "30 Under 30" Europe list. He was awarded the 2018 World Sustainability Award for his leading research in the methodological developments and applications of carbon footprint. In addition, his research was awarded the 2021 Best Paper Award in Energy Economics, 2018 Top 50 Earth and Planetary Sciences Articles in Nature Communications, 2017 Best Early Career Article in Environmental Research Letters, and 2016 Highly Cited Original Paper in Applied Energy. 

He won the “Award for Outstanding Research Supervision” in the UCL Education Awards 2022.

He is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics (IF=5.059) and an Executive Editor of Journal of Cleaner Production (IF=11.072).