Rui Wang

Rui Wang

Associate Professor
Energy, Resources and Environment

1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW | Office 426
Washington, DC 20036


  • China
  • United States
  • Economic Development
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainable Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Natural Resources
  • Urbanization
  • Chinese
  • English

Background and Education

Rui Wang specializes in public policy analysis for sustainable development, especially on cities, the environment, and China. He teaches Case Studies in Sustainable Development, Global Environment Fundamentals, and Cities: Toward Sustainable Prosperity. He is the inaugural SAIS China Yeung Family Endowed Scholar and a faculty fellow of the SAIS Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy. Rui's research appears in the areas of public policy, economics, and natural science and has been covered in the Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Los Angeles Times and New York Times. He gave invited talks at the China Finance 40 Forum, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, RAND, World Bank, and numerous academic conferences and institutions. His works on California's local climate actions, China's urban household carbon emissions, and parking in China's cities were cited by the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report. Rui is a steering committee member of the Johns Hopkins 21st Century Cities Initiative. He serves on the editorial boards of Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment and USDOT's Journal of Transportation and Statistics. He has also consulted for Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the World Bank. 

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China has reaffirmed its schedule to launch the world’s largest “cap-and-trade” market for carbon emission permits in 2017. This national carbon market is expected to lower the cost of emission reduction, as China strives to fulfill its Paris pledge of peaking carbon emission by 2030. A successful carbon market may even enable China to achieve this goal earlier, which is especially desirable given the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. However, potential trade disputes between China and the U.S. or the EU can affect China’s interest in perfecting its carbon market. See my China US Focus article (7/13/2017) here for more information.
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Spring 2015