Junjie Zhang

Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University

Initiative for Sustainable Investment
Duke Kunshan University

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Junjie Zhang is a professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and Director of the Initiative for Sustainable Investment at Duke Kunshan University. He founded and directed Duke Kunshan’s Environmental Research Center and International Master of Environmental Policy Program. Before that, he was an associate professor in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. He was also a Volkswagen Visiting Chair in Sustainability in Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University.

Prof. Zhang is a co-chair of the Committee of Environmental Economics in the Chinese Academy of Environmental Science, an advisory board member for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Chief Economist of the Green Finance Forum of 60, and a board member of the Huatai Securities Asset Management Company. He also serves on the editorial boards of several economic journals.

Prof. Zhang’s recent research focuses on empirical issues in climate change economics, sustainable finance, and ESG. He has received funding from a wide variety of sources, including scientific foundations, governments, multilateral banks, corporations, financial institutions, and philanthropic foundations. 

Prof. Zhang holds a B.S. from the Renmin University of China, a B.S. and an M.S. from Tsinghua University, and a Ph.D. from Duke University.