The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management

Dr Zhifu Mi

Dr Zhifu Mi

Associate Professor in Economics and Finance of the Built Environment

The Bartlett Sch of Const & Proj Mgt

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.
  • J Zheng, Z Mi*, DM Coffman, Y Shan, D Guan, S Wang*. The slowdown in China’s carbon emissions growth in the new phase of economic development. One Earth. 2019, 1 (2), 240-253.
  • 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. 

  • 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, 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. 
  • Z Yang, YM Wei, Z Mi. Integrated assessment models (IAMs) for climate change. Oxford Bibliographies. 2018, DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199363445-0043. 

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 an Associate Professor at The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London (UCL). His research focuses on climate change economics and energy policy. He has published papers in leading journals, such as Science Advances, Nature Energy, Nature Geoscience, Nature Food, and Nature Sustainability. He currently leads the project on Uncertainty Analysis of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) funded by The Royal Society (IEC\NSFC\181115).

He was awarded the 2018 World Sustainability Award for his leading research in the methodological developments and applications of carbon footprint. He was also named in the Forbes '30 Under 30' Europe in recognition of his innovative research in the economics of climate change. In addition, his research was awarded the 2018 Top 50 Earth and Planetary Sciences Articles in Nature Communications, 2017 Best Early Career Articles in Environmental Research Letters, and 2016 Highly Cited Original Papers in Applied Energy

He is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics (IF=2.023) and an Executive Editor of Journal of Cleaner Production (IF=7.246).