The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction


Kehan He

Embodied emissions; environmental economics; climate change

Research supervisors: Dr Zhifu Mi, Dr D'Maris Coffman
Start date: 23 September 2019

My research interest focuses on the linkage between economic activities and environmental impacts. As we all know, greenhouse gas (GHG) emission is the key determinant for ongoing climate change. It is thus necessary to understand how anthropic activities, such as the upstream and downstream of the construction industry, interact to contribute to GHG emission at a global scope. To investigate the proposed question, I have mainly been using the Environmental-Extended Input Output (EEIO) model as my research tools. For my PhD research, I intend to explore the possibility of integrating EEIO with machine learning techniques and improve EEIO model towards high resolution time series analysis. 

  • He, K., Tan, Q., Zheng, L., & Li, J. (2018). Adapting to new policy environment – past pattern and future trend in us-sino waste plastic trade flow. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 25(8), 703-712. doi:10.1080/13504509.2018.1437845
  • He, K., & Hertwich, E. G. (2019). The flow of embodied carbon through the economies of China, the European Union, and the United States. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 145, 190-198.doi:10.1016/j.resconrec.2019.02.016
  • Zhang, H.*, He, K.*, Wang, X., & Hertwich, E. G. (2019) Tracing the Uncertain Chinese Mercury Footprint within the Global Supply Chain Using a Stochastic, Nested Input−Output Model. Environmental Science & Technology 53(12), 6814-6823, 10. doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.8b06373 (*: Contributed equally)